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Hi I'm DeNae

I love outdoor adventures,working with my hands, sharing time with family.I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a happy home with parents that encouraged me to find what I enjoyed and make it happen. With so many options ahead of me I decided to try out as many as I could. I have always loved the outdoors, so I studied forestry. I worked as a wildland firefighter, mountain bike trail crew leader, wilderness field instructor, art frame builder, and an arborist. All these different jobs helped me to find time and money to do the things I really enjoy. I mountain bike, backpack, kayak, snowboard, run, and most recently fly fish. In addition to outdoor activities I enjoy cooking and eating healthy delious food, pottery, and learning new skills. Most recently I have tried my hand in leather working and jewelry making. Many days I find that there is not enough hours in the day to get all the things done that I want to do. From the experiences that I have had I have learned a few important things. One, that it doesn't matter where you are as much as who you are with. I have seen some incrediable places and it is alway more rewarding to share it with those people I have grown to love. Second, enjoying everyday it really important, even when it seems boring and routine.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I want to be. I come from a rich Mormon heritage; my ancestors crossed the plains as Mormon pioneers. I was taught from a young age that God knows me and answers my prayers. Even though I was raised in the LDS faith I still had to find out for myself. After finishing college my employment took me several different places and I met lot of different people. Very few of the people I met shared the same ideas that I did. I had some concerned and question during this time in my life. I was wandering to say the least. These were a couple of the most difficult years of my life. I decided that it was time for me to try the experiment that Alma talks about. In the Book of Mormon the prophet Alma talks about an experiment of planting a seed and watching to see if it grows, as a comparison to find out if the gospel is true. This was in terms that I could understand as arborist. I planted to seed and began to nourish it by studying scripture, praying, serving others, attending church, and being obedient to the commandments. The results; I felt that my heart was being changed. It did not happen overnight, but I did come to know that God does hear and answer prayers. I began to feel peace and happiness in my life. I could not deny that I was much happier living the gospel of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

It is a daily for me. The first thing I think about in the morning is saying a prayer to help me through the day. I go to work and try to be a positive influence in my work place. It is important to me to eat healthy, exercise and get rest. I volunteer my time with a local youth group of about 18 young women ages 12-18. I help them plan weekly activities, and Sunday lessons. I love them, and help encourage them to make good choices. I set Sunday aside as a day of worship, rest, and a time to spend with family and friends. I try to keep my family relationships strong, which is hard because we are living in many different places. I make a lot of phone calls. My husband and I try to welcome people into our home to build friendships and encourage those around us. We are careful with the kind of media and entertainment that we watch and listen to. I am happy to help out those around me. I try to think about the potential I have to do good in the world around me and focus on that.