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Hi I'm Dixie

I'm a Mormon. I coach swimming and enjoy racing in sprint triathlons.

About Me

I have always been interested in being healthy and active. I enjoy racing in sprint triathlons and even owned a personal training website for awhile based around race training. But now I am putting more focus on my kids and their activities. I am coaching swimming and land conditioning for my daughters synchronized swimming team. This allows me to do something I love--coaching, and to still be involved with my kids. I also love to play tennis, racquetball, swim, bike, run, play co-ed softball with my husband, or any other active things. When we are active as a family we have the most fun.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I always grew up believing what I learned in church and what my parents taught me. It just made sense to me and I never really questioned it. As I grew up I got married in the temple and had three beautiful children, but unfortunately the man I married treated me terribly. At a certain point in time, even though he was a member of the church, he also challenged my testimony. He had made some very poor choices and had lost his testimony and he told me that the only reason I prayed and read scriptures and went to church was because I was told to. He claimed I was being blindly obedient and that I didn't really know the church was true. I was pretty miserable, mostly because of him and the way he was treating me in our marriage, but I wondered if he might be right. I was trying to do everything right, as far as I had been taught, and yet I was very unhappy. If this was the "Plan of Happiness" then clearly I was missing something. For the first time in my life I truly questioned my faith. I finally asked myself if this church was really true because if it wasn't I was ready to jump ship. I spent the next two months searching and studying for an answer. I had set a date that I felt I needed to know by because I couldn't continue on in the miserable life I was living. The night before the date I had set I was given an overwhelming answer that this church is indeed the true church, that my Heavenly Father loved me, and that he was very aware of my situation. I no longer believed the church was true, I knew. And I knew, after what I had felt, I could never deny it. I had gained a testimony of my own and nobody could take it from me.

How I live my faith

I attend church with my family every Sunday. I love this time to renew my testimony of my Savior and recommit myself to living and being better. I am a teacher in my church. I teach the women in our ward various lessons about prayer, marriage, families, faith, etc. I love my calling and the chance I get to teach helps to strengthen my testimony as well. We read scriptures together every night as a family and pray together as a family morning and night. I also spend time reading my scriptures and praying personally and with my husband each day. I know it seems like you wouldn't have time for anything else, but strangely enough when we read our scriptures and say our prayers it seems like we are always able to get everything done that we need to. I also live my faith by keeping my language clean. I don't swear or talk about crude or inappropriate things. I volunteer at my kids' school and try to be Christlike with all the people I come in contact with through out my day (although I am certainly not perfect at this). I find as I think outside of myself and try to serve others I am the most happy.