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Hi I'm Denita

I'm living the American Dream with my wonderful husband and three beautiful children. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the daughter of teenaged parents who worked hard to give me a good life. I grew up in a rural town where just about everybody knew everybody else. I worked hard to maintain good grades throughout school so I could attend a large university in a major city. I graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology. I met my husband in college and we have two daughters and one son. Since I was a child I knew I wanted to be a full-time mom and I have been blessed to be able to do so for the past 8 years. I enjoy making order out of chaos; whether it is filing paperwork, folding laundry, putting toys away or updating the family budget. I am a bit of a neat freak and like to organize and clean things, which makes me a great full-time Mom! I also enjoy music and singing (I wish I would have kept up with my clarinet talent). I clip coupons and try to feed my family foods made from scratch. I like to be crafty but don't find much time for it. I'd love to learn more about photography so I can use those skills in photographing my children and family. I recently began a new adventure- homeschooling my 2nd grader! When I was 20 years old, my mother died after a car accident. Experiencing that loss and the aftermath of it has shaped much of who I am. A few years later, after a deep depression and some bad decisions, my father spent 4 years in prison. These experiences help me to have compassion for others in my everyday life.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was six years old I started going to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints with my grandparents. It was a fun experience, I learned a lot and it all made sense to me. From a very early age I knew that Heavenly Father knew me and watched over and protected me. I had multiple experiences with answered prayers and seeming miracles in my child's mind. As I got older I struggled with low self-esteem. A few poor choices led me down a path when I did not go to church for 5 years while I was a teenager. But I always knew that Heavenly Father wanted me to go to church. As a freshman in college, my New Year's resolution as the last century came to a close was to return to church. The Lord led me back to full-time activity at the same time my future husband was investigating the church. We were able to learn and grow together. During this time, I realized that for my 5 years of inactivity in the Church I was judging myself. I thought that if I went back to church everyone would be able to tell from looking at me that I had been inactive. But really they welcomed me with open arms and hearts and just wanted me to fully partake in the joy the Gospel had to offer. They did not judge me at all! I read the Book of Mormon and gained my own testimony of the Gospel. I have been learning and striving ever since.

How I live my faith

I live my faith every day. I strive to follow Christ in all my actions, especially since I have three precious children watching my every move. Firstly, I pray morning and night both by myself and with my family. I read and ponder the Bible and/or Book of Mormon each day, also both individually and with my family. Right now my family is helping my seven year old read the entire Book of Mormon before her 8th birthday and subsequent baptism. Each week I attend church with my family. Sometimes it's not easy, and in the past it has occasionally seemed not worth the effort, but unless illness prevents me I always go to church. I try to avoid traveling on Sundays and reserve that day to worship the Lord, remember Christ and spend time with family. It is truly a day to rest from the demands of the week and focus on spiritual things. In addition to church every week, my family meets on Monday evenings to learn about the Gospel together. My husband and I give short lessons tailored to our family's needs. We try to make this time fun for our children too. It makes me joyful to know that each of the children looks forward to that time every week. As a member of my congregation, I currently work with the 9 year old cub scouts. We meet weekly on Wednesday evenings for one hour. It is a joy to help those young boys become responsible members of the community and to learn the Gospel. I also sing in the choir. This requires weekly practices and monthly performances during church. In the past I have also taught children's classes at church as well as helped to organize meetings and classes for our adult women's group. Lastly, I live my faith by attending the temple. In the temple I make and renew further covenants with the Lord (similar to baptism and the sacrament). It requires effort to make time for attending the temple, but it always means added blessings. I am reminded of the promises I made when I was married as well as gaining eternal perspective for life's problems.