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Hi I'm Deidra

I'm from a small town in Idaho. I enjoy graphic design and being a full-time wife and mother and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

After leaving home, I went to study art and graphic design in Southern Idaho. After spending six amazing years there, my future husband finally decided to show up and sweep me off my feet. We didn't get married though, until after I fled the country to study art and pre-architecture in the Meditteranean on a small island called Malta, where the apostle Paul is said to have been shipwrecked on his way to Rome. After 5 months when I returned home, Dan and I were married in the temple and after living in the town we met in for 2 more years, my husband graduated with his Bachelor and Masters degrees and accepted an invitation to study Physical Chemistry in Northern Colorado. After working two years as a Graphic Designer, I quit my job to stay home with our first child, a decision I never regret. Our second child was born two years later and now we are waiting for our third to arrive. I love serving in the community and in the church and though we are living the poor college life, we both feel we have been abundantly blessed to live in this country and to have so much. It is a great life and we are trying to make some lasting traditions, exciting times for our children to look forward to during their stay here in our home. Our children have taught us to love, for they love so readily and so unselfishly.

Why I am a Mormon

I took my membership in the church for granted for so long. It wasn't until I went off to college that I began to relax in my standards and my efforts to attend church. During my Junior year, I was going to church very sporadically and one day was asked by my bishop to accept a calling to be a Sunday teacher in one of the auxiliary meetings. Accepting the offer started a week's long journey of soul-searching and heart-wrenching thoughts. How could I serve as a teacher of the principles of Jesus Christ when I was not trying to live them myself? The Sunday morning before I was to be sustained by the congregation as a teacher, I headed out early to confide with my bishop that I could not in fact accept such a sacred calling. That first counsel with my bishop was the first of many directed efforts to use the Atonement of Jesus Christ to cleanse my soul, a soul I had been certain, being convinced by Satan, I had utterly lost. The simple and adequate love of our Savior has made it possible for me to feel alive and clean again, and that is the most important miracle of my life. I have come to know, through the efforts of my study and sincere prayer that this is the true church of Jesus Christ, restored once again by the Prophet Joseph Smith. I know of its power as I read of our great pioneer ancestors and I feel of its love through the general membership of the church and as they serve me when I am in need of it. I'm a Mormon because my testimony compels me to be so.

How I live my faith

The best way I can live my faith, and I hope that my efforts are as much as they could be, is to serve those around me, to be compassionate, friendly, and respectful to my neighbors, community members, as well as church members. I am serving as a teacher to a group of about 35 wonderful ladies who make this calling great. I learn so much from them every time I stand to present a topic. Another calling I have is that of a visiting teacher. Each month, a dear friend and I visit three wonderful ladies and share our lives with each other, and later discuss a gospel topic and relate our lives to it. It is the most uplifting part of my month, to know that I have sisters that share in my conviction of the gospel and that I can talk with about anything. I also try to live my faith each day by studying the Holy Scriptures and by having daily personal prayer. Though these seem such mundane and easy tasks, they are the reason it is so easy for me to make good choices when I am faced with opposition in the world. The words of Christ and feeling the Holy Spirit as I converse with my Father in Heaven in prayer make my life worth living; to know that I have been blessed so abundantly gives me reason to give more to others. God has given us everything, even each breath we take, and Christ has made it possible for us to be cleansed and live with God again. I only hope I can instill this great knowledge in my children. I know that we all need to know where we came from and for what reason we are here.