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Hi I'm Debbie

I do massage and behavior therapy. I grew up in California and now live in Arizona with my husband. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a large family that stood by the motto of "As far as anyone else knows we're a nice, normal family". My parents had and raised 7 kids and took in a lot of "Bonus" children along the way. When I was 17 we lost my dad to cancer. My father was a 6'4" Contractor and I never thought anything in the world could take him down. I was wrong. It changed the entire dynamic of my family, but being raised with such a strong eternal family and two loving parents prepared me for the world ahead. When I was 22 years old I packed up my things and moved to Las Vegas to start life on my own. While I desperately miss the beach and being close to my family I have had some amazing adventures along the way that have made me the person I am today. I also picked up some new interests. I love to Country Line Dance, rock climb/free scale/go bouldering. I also developed love for target shooting! My father was a country boy but my mom was a city girl. I like to think I got the best from both!

Why I am a Mormon

My grandfather was a baptist preacher in Southern Missouri. My grandparents raised 15 children. My mom was number 14 and converted to the church before I was born so I was born into the church. Even though I was born into the church, everyone has to have their own conversion to religion. I studied the scriptures and prayed but I wasn't sure. I knew I felt good when I went to church, but I was there more for the social aspect. After my father passed away I needed to know that the Eternal Family I was born into was real. That I would be with my dad again. I began looking at religion as a whole. I watched different churches and the faith of the members. I remember going to church with my aunts and uncles in Tennessee and my aunt saying, "It's so funny how every baptist church you go to is different". I remember thinking to myself, "If it's different then how can it be true? If God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow then wouldn't His church be?" That's when I started looking at the set up of churches. After a lot of searching and praying I discovered that what I was looking for I had. I had step by step how to return to my heavenly father. I gained a solid testimony of Joseph Smith. For a long time I wondered why the church seemed to "worship" him when he wasn't God. Then I learned how important the work he did was! Restoring the Gospel. It finally hit me and it was awesome! All along people had the Bible to study. The Bible explained that the gospel would be removed from the earth and then restored later. In studying the Bible, did we know God well enough to recognize his work when we saw it? The Book of Mormon is God's work as well! I know it! I could never deny that. Heavenly Father wants his children to know him well enough to recognize his work and acknowledge his hand in all things. I am so grateful that Heavenly Father answered my prayers and let me know that this was his work and his will.

How I live my faith

Religion is a way of life, not a Sunday thing. I am so blessed to be able to be a Sunday School Teacher and teach the 16-18 year old's every Sunday. I learn so much from doing this. I try to serve others and visit several women in the church. I have made some amazing friends along the way. We are all given challenges in life and through the church I have learned to appreciate them. Sounds weird, I know, but I have been able to help so many along the way and it's amazing to know that my Savior went through everything for me so that he could help me through my trials. He knows exactly what I'm going through and gives me strength when I feel weak. He also inspires others to help me. They just know to call when I'm having a hard day and feel like I can not go on. My husband was taken from me, temporarily, 8 months after we got married. I thought my world would come crashing down on me. I couldn't understand why we had to endure this trial and why things weren't fixed within the system years ago. I was lonely and scared. I didn't know what to do. Two wonderful people from the church showed up at my door about 2 weeks later who had been through what I was going through. They could understand and give me the love and support that I needed. My testimony has never been stronger. Heavenly Father sometimes allows us to go through trials but both my husband and I have been immensely blessed through this one. We've never been closer emotionally and there is light at the end of the tunnel. Soon we can be a normal married couple and not have to worry anymore. This trial has also helped so many others come to peace. There is always a reason for us to go through what we go through and I am grateful to be an instrument in Heavenly Fathers hand. Without my faith I wouldn't realize how truly blessed I am!