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Hi I'm Danielle.

I'm a wife, mother, and teacher. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Right now I'm a mom. Before that I was a teacher - I taught high school for underprivileged children, helped develop a new school for those students, and worked as an adjunct professor in a school of education. I became a teacher because as a teen I became fired up by the social injustice inherent in schools. I was a GED/ABE tutor and was able to see how many people lacked skills because of the circumstances of their youth -- not because of their ability, desire, etc. I wanted to create a place, and a system, where every student is provided with an equitable opportunity to learn. When I became a mother, I continued to dabble in the field of education but ultimately decided to put that part of my life on hold for a few years. I realized that for me, when I split time between my professional and home careers, I didn't feel like I could do either thing well. And I want to do being a mother well.

Why I am a Mormon

My mom told me once that she thought I came as a "believing spirit" - someone who is blessed with the gift to simply believe in His gospel. And I think that's true. However, growing up in a part member family and being an analytical person, I also feel that I have actively made a decision to believe. I have been provided with abundant reasons to turn the other way - by my family, friends, university courses, colleagues, etc - but as persuasive as they are I have always known that those ideas are trying to sell me away from the truth. Certainly it would be easier not to believe; to buy into all of what society has to offer. But when you know something is true you stick to it. I'm a Mormon because I believe.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to be what God wants me to be. I try to follow the first two commandments -- love God and love my neighbor. If I really love Him and His children, then I will do want He wants and my comportment will match. In order to succeed at these things I attend church meetings every Sunday, I read the scriptures and I pray.

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

As President Hinckley said, "Women do not hold the priesthood because the Lord put it that way." I can't say that understand why the Lord wanted, or needed, it that way but because I have a testimony of the Savior, His gospel and the Book of Mormon, for now that is enough. Women have many opportunities to be involved in the church as members of the clergy. We work with priesthood leaders to administer programs designed for the youth and for women. Show more Show less