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Hi I'm Debbie

I am a stay-at-home mom with an Associate of Applied Science degree. I was born and raised in Northern Idaho. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

After graduating from LDS Business College, my husband and I moved to Northern Idaho to be closer to my family. We decided to do this because we were following the promptings of the Spirit. We've been incredibly blessed. We didn't have an apartment until we were a couple hours away from town with the moving truck (we asked, but it wasn't available until then). My husband secured a wonderful job that is perfect for him. A month after our first child was born, we moved into a house that we got at a great deal. It's a fixer-upper, but at least we can do with it what we want! Since then, we've had 2 more children and have been able to get a lot of work done on the house and are on a quick path to being out of debt. This is an incredible blessing because I am a stay-at-home mom and haven't had to work despite how hard it has been at times. We continue to be on a tight budget to work our way out of debt and we know that all of this was possible with Heavenly Father's help. He continues to guide our path and knows much better than we do about the path He is taking us on. It's been rough at times, but we know that He will never give us more than we can handle.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a convert to the LDS church. When I was 15, I felt that there was something missing from my life. Each one of my friends in high school was a different religion...Catholic, Nazarene, Baptist, Presbyterian, Assembly of God, Lutheran..., so I began investigating. I decided between Nazarene and Baptist and ultimately my decision came down to whose house I could stay at over the weekend since my family lived out of town. I was more able to stay with my Nazarene friend, so that's what I did. After a few months, I found out that my mom had decided to go back to the LDS church. I had never heard of this church. We both decided to go. I didn't like it at first because I was so used to no children being in the pews. Young Women's was my favorite part of church. After months of trying to disprove what the missionaries were telling me, I couldn't deny that they answered all my questions. I prayed about this and it all made sense. I was baptized when I was 16. My friends were shocked and pulled away some after my baptism, but we are still friends. I completed all 4 years of seminary and the Young Women's Personal Progress program in 1 1/2 years. I was determined to go to BYU after my first trip to Utah, but decided it wasn't where I was meant to go after I was accepted. I went to LDS Business College instead and got my degree there. I was truly meant to go there. I made a lot of friends and best of all, I grew spiritually, more than I could've dreamed of. Two months before graduation, I was married in the Salt Lake Temple to my eternal companion. I am so grateful for Heavenly Father and the path He has led me on. I never dreamed that my life could be so blessed. Yes, the path has had a lot of bumps and thorns, but it's all been worth it. I grew up without a priesthood holder in the home and it is very lonely and empty. Having the priesthood in my home on a daily basis is one of the best things imaginable.

How I live my faith

When I first became a member of the LDS church, it seemed like all eyes were on me at school. There were very few of us LDS members. Peer pressure was tough, but luckily I had a great group of friends, even though they were not members of the LDS church. We supported each other in how we dressed modestly and our conduct. This carried through to college as I became part of the majority of the school population that was LDS. When my husband and I moved back to where I grew up, we joined my old ward where the majority of the ward is older in age. There are very few younger families in our ward. Even so, the atmosphere is warm and inviting. There is a plethora of good advice from everyone, young and old. We frequently invite the missionaries over for dinner and our children enjoy their company. Being a stay-at-home mom of 3 young children, I spend most of my time teaching my children about the world and the church. We enjoy going to church on Sundays and learning more about Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost. I was recently called to be a Family History Missionary and truly know that it is meant for me at this time. We enjoy praying as a family and reading the scriptures. Our children love to participate in these things. It is wonderful to watch them grow and mature in the church. It has been rough to start these traditions in my family as I didn't have them when I grew up, but we know that this will be a blessing in all our lives.