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Hi I'm Dawna

I grew up in Utah, moved to New York at age 18, married a NYC police officer. I'm the mother of four and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a stay at home mom. My oldest daughter is now married and I have a son serving in the Navy and one going off to college and my youngest is 16. I have been fortunate to be able to stay at home and raise my children. It's where I love to be. My husband who was a NYC police officer, detective and then sergeant for the first 18 years of our marriage, worked long hours to provide for our family and to allow me to stay at home with the children. It was a challenge to be able to live on one income in NY. We sacrificed and kept focused on our priorities. Sept 11, 2001, my husband hurried into work knowing that we had just been attacked. He spent the next several months working at ground zero longer and harder than ever. When that experience was over we were both drained and ready for a change. We felt it was right to leave NY and we moved across the country to the beautiful state of Washington. I love to learn and to create. I have gained knowledge and developed talents over the years through classes, reading, hands on learning and plain old experiementation. People tell me I have a knack for decorating which I love to do. I also love to quilt, paint, and work with wood... I love my power tools! I especially love sharing my talents with others. I love to help teach what I have learned and watch as women gain a sense of satifaction and delight as they accomplish things they never thought they could do on their own. I believe we are to help each other through this life.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and knew at a very young age that what I was being taught was true. I felt the spirit guide me and I recognized God's hand in my life. I continue to seek the guidance of the spirit as I make decisions in my life. Moving to NY exposed me to all kinds of diversity which I have grown to love and appreciate. It has helped me to see and understand the various backgrounds and beliefs of many people. It has helped me to see more clearly that we are all brothers and sisters and that we need each other. And it has helped me to hold more dearly, the teachings of the gospel of Jesus Christ that my parents taught me. I know that God has a plan for each of us in this life. I know that we can live with God again and that the way back to him is found in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I know that we are expected to serve and help each other find the way. The gospel meant so much to me even as an 18 year old teenager that when I met my first friend in NY I decided to share the gospel with him. He read the Book of Mormon and met with the missionaries. He was baptised and later he became my husband. Together we have taught and continue to teach our children the gospel. The gospel is about family. It's about love. It's about repentence and forgivness. It's about change. Having the gospel in my life helps me to stay focused on the big picture. It helps remind me why we are here on this earth. It gives me opportunities to serve and be served.

How I live my faith

Being active in the church has given me many opportunities for service and growth. Just last year I was given the assignment to help with the National Day of Service NW which was held on Sept 11. I helped work with our town to find areas we could beautify. We worked with the Red Cross to pass out emergency preparedness information to the community as well as collecting donations for the Red Cross. We also worked with a larger park to blaze new trails to improve the use of the park. We had ‎251 volunteers, 648 hours of service, 238 lbs of food donated, 17 areas around the city beautified including 14 parks, traffic roundabout, police station, public works, boys and girls club, senior citizens home! Not only was the day of service a success for the improvements that were made around the town and the fact that it helped to get people involved and gave them an opportunity for service it was also a blessing to me. Sept 11, the day that it was held, is typically a difficult day for our family. I was happy to help coordinate things for this event. It gave me something to do, a different focus and it felt good to serve. The same is true for nearly everything we are asked to do. The Lord knows us each personally, he knows our circumstances. I believe that as we fulfill our assignments he blesses us in ways that he knows we need. I have spent many years serving the young women ages 12-18. Teaching them, planning and attending many activities. I have also spent years teaching the children ages 3-11 and helping them to learn the gospel. I have spent years planning monthly meetings/events for women to increase their knowledge, spirituality and practical skills. I have done many, many more things. As members of the church we are very involved and actively serving. By serving we are given the opportunity to grow by learning, loving, and sometimes struggling. By serving God's children we are serving God. It is through each of us that He is able to bless all of His children.