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Hi I'm Deveney

I teach special ed, I love to laugh, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a family where three things were not optional: learning to swim, learning to play the piano, and going to college. Now, I enjoy swimming with my nieces and nephew; playing the piano is my favorite past time; and I graduated from the local University. I'm thankful for parents who raised me to set and achieve goals and have always been supportive of what I do! I enjoy my job as a special education teacher, and often realize that my students probably teach me more than I try to teach them...things like--how to love unconditionally, the art of patience, the power of determination, and seeing people as they really are and loving them just the same. Yes, those lesson are more important than reading, writing, and math. I grew up in the middle of a family with 5 siblings...growing up we may not have been the best of friends, but now that we're all older, we make a pretty good support system for each other, and I love them! I think laughter is refreshing, am generally a happy person, and believe that life is good.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because the gospel of Jesus Christ makes me happy. I don't know that exact year or time when I knew the Church was true, but I have had too many experiences to think otherwise. One of my favorite truths is that I am a Child of God. He is my loving Heavenly Father and He knows ME, individually and personally. I was taught this as a young child, and it was been something that I've often fell back on throughout my life during different struggles and hard times. I grew up with great parents who were good examples of what it meant to live the gospel and it's teachings and they are people who I choose to pattern my life after. We all have different struggles and trials, but I have found that through service and looking outside of myself, my burdens become easier and my outlook on life, and the experiences I get to go through, improves. I know that my Heavenly Father lives and loves me. His Son is our Savior, Jesus Christ. There is a living prophet on the earth today, Thomas S. Monson, who leads the Church on the earth because he is given direction from Jesus Christ. The Book of Mormon is a true book that was translated by divine power through another prophet named Joseph Smith. It contains teachings that can bring us joy and happiness. When I pray, I know my Heavenly Father hears those prayers and answers them. He does answer them, even if it's not how I expected or in the time frame I thought was necessary. He loves me, and I know that He loves you.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to follow the perfect example of our Savior Jesus Christ. By remembering that when I was baptized I promised to "always remember Him," I can fulfill that promise by sending a card in the mail to thank someone for something they did that impacted my life for good, going to visit someone, getting outside of my comfort zone and saying hi to people I don't know, sending a quick text to let someone know I was thinking about them, praying for the ability to love someone who has hurt me, and being kind to those around me. Two quotes that I always seem to have in the back of my head are, "Never suppress a generous thought" and "People are more important than things." Heavenly Father uses His children to act as His instruments in answering prayers and comforting those who He physically cannot; I am thankful for times when I have felt that He trusted me enough to be His instrument in helping someone else. We all have that ability in us. I am far from perfect, but I try to live my faith through the small and simple acts. Though I believe that there aren't really any truly random things that happen to us, a little "random act of kindness" can go a long way! :)