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Hi I'm Denise

I've lived in Colorado most of my life but don't ski, I frequently choose stylish shoes over sensible ones, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a middle-aged (there--I said it) mother of four and wife of 26 years. A homebody at heart, I enjoy all things domestic, with the possible exception of cleaning out the refrigerator. I love anything relating to textiles, and haven't yet met a combination of chocolate and peanut butter than I didn't like. My life hasn't gone exactly as I had pictured, but it has been rich and fulfilling in ways that I hadn't imagined.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the Mormon church and have always felt that, because of it, happiness was something I never had to look far to find. Not that I've always gotten everything I ever wanted, but happiness--true and lasting joy--has been mine for the taking. I love knowing that I have a kind Heavenly Father, as well as a Savior who love me and know me by name. I love knowing that there is a purpose and plan for this mortal existence, and that life continues with those we love after we leave Earth. I love the sense of identity and connection that comes from understanding His plan for us. I love knowing what I have the potential to become. I love knowing that a 14-year-old boy, Joseph Smith, had the courage and faith to ask for spiritual guidance, and I love knowing that God the Father and his Son Jesus Christ answered that young man's earnest prayer. I love knowing that They will answer my prayers, too.

How I live my faith

I feel that giving service is one of the best ways I can live my faith. At home it can be as simple as bringing the family together at dinner time or helping a child with a homework problem. At church I serve in the women's auxiliary and look for ways to unite a diverse group of women through Sunday lesson discussion, weekday activities, and service opportunities. In my community I volunteer at our local high school costuming the Spring musical. When I'm serving others--in whatever setting or context--I feel my own burdens lifted and I grow closer to my Savior.

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Our definition of "Sunday dress" is perhaps a little less casual than rest of the Christian world. I feel that the way I dress for church on the Sabbath day is one way I can set the day apart from the rest of the week, as well as a way for me to show reverence and respect for the Lord. We celebrate Easter and Christmas in our church services, though in the case of the latter our service is held on the Sunday prior to Christmas unless the holiday actually falls on Sunday. Some people think it's strange to not have a Christmas service on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. Personally, I love spending Christmas with my family no matter what day of the week it's on! Though we don't officially celebrate other holidays in our church services, our family has many fun traditions for everything from Valentine's Day to Halloween to family birthdays. Show more Show less