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Hi I'm Denise

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a wife and the mother of seven children and three grandchildren. My home is continual chaos, a revolving door with teenage boys/girls, extended family, and foreign exchange students coming in and out. My life revolves around my children and serving others. I enjoy cooking and sharing a good meal. I love that others are comfortable enough to walk in my home, open the cupboard and fix a meal. My teenage boys continually bring their friends to our home for lunch during the school year. They know they are always welcome. When I'm not serving my family, I love helping others....whether it's visiting someone lonely, babysitting for those in need or my grandchildren, making a meal for someone in need, or working on a service project, I feel a sense of fulfillment. I also love reading and good music. Our children are encouraged to play an instrument, they include guitar, violin, piano and voice. Recently our family was in charge of our annual family reunion. We introduced our theme and worked for months on a song that everyone could participate in. It was gratifying to watch it come together and realize what we can do as a family. I also enjoy traveling. Last year my husband and I toured Estonia and the Canada Edmonton area with our daughter and son who spent respectively 18 months and two years serving the people in these places. I am adventurous, spontaneous and love a good laugh. I enjoy snow skiing, water skiing, biking, and running.

Why I am a Mormon

My family has multiple generations who were mormon. Although I learned at a young age the teachings of the gospel and believed them completely, it was still important for me to be converted and gain my own testimony. When I left home for college, I was excited for the adventure, but apprehensive about going alone. I left a boyfriend 3000 miles behind and arrived to find 5 strangers rooming with me. My room mates and I became good friends, but I still felt homesick and alone at times. Upon completion of my first semester, I expected to fly the 3000 miles home to spend the holidays. After talking with my dad about the financial situation and shedding many tears, I conceded to spending the holidays with my grandparents who lived only 3 hours away. It was then that I learned to rely on the Savior and trust in His plan for me. I began a serious study of the Book of Mormon and more meaningful daily personal prayer that brought me closer than I had ever been to my Heavenly Father and Savior, Jesus Christ. I began to understand who I was, gaining a greater desire to be obedient and becoming happier than I had ever been. I didn't realize the change that was taking place until 3 months later when I was asked to be the President of the women's organization in our student ward for the following school year. This meant I would lead by example and help lift and inspire other young single adult women to follow the path the Lord had intended for them. The Lord prepared me through this experience to fulfill a challenging call that I will hold forever close to my heart. It propelled me on a path that prepared me for marriage, a family and the challenges that come with life's experiences. The gospel makes me happy. I feel fulfillment through following it's teachings and commandments. It is who I am. I think about it every day and am committed to living and sharing it.

How I live my faith

I enjoy being involved in community service. Volunteering in my children's classrooms has been a priority as well as serving on local and district PTA Boards for elementary, junior high and high school . I have also been a PTA President in my children's elementary school where I implemented leadership skills learned through church responsibilities. I have helped organize and participate in city events such as our annual 4th of July breakfast and parade and eagle projects that benefit our area. I have held several leadership positions in my church over the past 30 years including leading and teaching women, teenagers and young children. The most rewarding part of these leadership positions are watching the change that takes place in a person as they come to know Jesus Christ as their Savior and grasp hold of teachings that bring them in to full activity in our faith. I am currently a leader of youth in the church and plan, organize and carry out wholesome weekly activities for girls aged 14 and 15. Because I am a member of Relief Society, the largest women's organization in the world, I also develop friendships with several women each month. Sometimes we go to lunch or just visit in each other's homes discussing topics of religion. I also attend a class where we talk about our christian beliefs and study scriptures on a weekly basis. Through these activities, I have developed dear friendships with women whom I consider my sisters. They are from varied circumstances and nationalities yet our common thread is a desire to become more like Jesus Christ. My participation in community and church are some of my highest priorities and have helped define who I am.