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Hi I'm Deanna

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a wife, a mother of four, and now grandmother of 10. I've been a registered nurse for 21 years, and a family nurse practitioner for 11 years. About a year ago, I opened a solo family practice so I could take care of patients they way I think it should be done -- long visits and thorough care. I have very low prices so anyone can come and get the health care they need. I love my job! But I also like the freedom that owning my own practice gives me to spend time with my husband, children, and grandkids. I moved to New York City for a year two years ago so I could finish a doctorate in nursing. It was hard to be away from everyone, but the year passed quickly because I was so busy. Now I've finished my Doctor of Nursing Practice, and I teach nurse practitioner students in my office. I hope they'll open practices of their own soon. I also belong to state legislative committees working on increasing access to health care for everyone. I speak and testify about these things as often as I get the opportunity. In my spare time, I like to knit, read, and spend time with my family.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was eight and my sister was ten, the missionaries came to my house and taught us the gospel of Jesus Christ. Although I had been going to a Presbyterian church before that, I had questions the Sunday School teacher couldn't answer. I wondered where Jesus' resurrected body was, if I was now to believe he was just a spirit. It didn't make sense to me. Then the Mormon missionaries came to our home and taught us. Everything they said made perfect sense. It was logical and understandable. I asked them my question about the resurrection, and they told me that the Savior does indeed have His body, in a celestial and incorruptible form, and that He has appeared to a young man who sincerely prayed to know the truth. They told me about Joseph Smith, and how he was given the task of putting things back the way they had been in the Savior's time, before these important truths were lost. I believed every word, and not just because it made sense. As they spoke, I felt this wonderful warm feeling I'd never had before. It was the Spirit of God testifying to me that what they said was true. I asked my parents if I could be baptized, and they agreed. I loved Primary, where I could be with other children and learn about the Savior and "choosing the right." I loved the Young Women's program, with camp, and musicals, and plays, and dances. And I loved BYU, where I went to college and met my wonderful husband and got married. My family is terrific. We've raised our children in the gospel of Jesus Christ, and they are all happy, healthy, kind, hardworking adults who are raising beautiful children of their own. I love my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and am eternally grateful for their gospel.

How I live my faith

I've served in many positions in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Right now I teach the "Marriage and Family Relations" class in Sunday School, but I've taught in all the other organizations, I've been in presidencies, and I've organized big ward dinners and conferences. I think my favorite thing to do in the church is to work on humanitarian service projects. It's such a great feeling to just give away your time when you know someone needs your help. We've done quilts for hospitals and the homeless, made school kits for children in other countries, hygiene kits for disaster relief, and knit hats and scarves for the women's shelter in our area. I love working at the cannery and the Bishop's Storehouse (a food bank). When I go on a mission with my husband after we retire, I'd really like to serve a humanitarian mission, either finding projects that need help or serving in a medical clinic.