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Hi I'm Denise

I grew up as an "Army brat" and moved nearly every year while I was growing up. My passion is education! I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a mother of four. I have a passion for continuing education in my life, and always try to keep up on the latest political issues around education. I enjoy cooking and quilting when I get the time. Of late, most of my time is spent on service opportunities in my community--I really enjoy serving others whenever possible.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been blessed to be a member of the Church since I was a child. I was raised in a part-member family, but I was supported by my father while I served a mission for the Church in Japan. I have always felt at peace in my life and felt as though I have been directed to make choices that have kept me happy and grounded. As an adult, and after raising my own children, my father finally joined the Church, and after his passing, I was finally able to be sealed to my mother and father for all eternity in the temple. This has been one of the blessings in my life that finally came to fruition. I can honestly say that I have been so blessed to always know my Father in Heaven loves me, and Jesus Christ is my Savior. This testimony is something I have always held dear to me. I continue to live the gospel principles because they are what keep me grounded and help me to continue to feel peace, even in times when there is confusion, tension, and chaos all around me. I find that while I live the gospel principles, my confidence is strong, and I never have to question whether I will be at odds with my choices. Truly feeling at peace with myself is a great blessing because I know making the choices that follow the teachings of the Savior Jesus Christ will never lead me astray.

How I live my faith

In my Church callings, I am fortunate to be able to plan events in the community that give service to those in need. I am so humbled by the opportunities to serve others, and to help them in their time of need. It makes me appreciate more the opportunities and talents that I have been blessed with. Sharing what I have with others is probably what makes me most happy in life...giving back has always felt good. It is connecting with others that helps me to recognize that we are all children of God, and I am grateful to be able to look around and recognize we are all brothers and sisters in God's family.

What is being a Mormon like?

Denise
Being a Mormon is like being a sunflower among daisies. All being flowers, the beauty of each is different in the eyes of the beholder, and all have a purpose. Much like the differing flowers, being a Mormon sometimes makes me feel like a sunflower among daisies in the realm of human beings. I'm still part of the human race, subject to the same scrutiny as others would be when it comes to comparing values, talents, morals, education, and happiness, among other things; but what I experience as a Mormon different from others who are not of my faith, is an ever-abiding inner peace and joy, knowing about a Plan of Happiness our Father in Heaven has provided through the teachings of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I strive to be the best I can, knowing that I am not yet perfect--and it takes a lot of work on my part every day. I love serving others, because it is through service that I am able to recognize my own blessings. Knowing that I am one among many who are all children of God, and that all are my family, I understand the importance of contributing to society. Yes, I am culturally different in many ways--I don't smoke, drink, or watch R-rated movies; I am committed to my marriage and family; I enjoy wholesome recreational activities; embrace my role as a mother--feeling a responsibity to nurture my children; and feel obligated to help my husband as an equal partner in our family. I am happy with my life, embracing opportunities for growth through my trials. Show more Show less

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Denise
"The Family: A Proclamation to the World" published by the Church, defines the sacred nature of gender as "an essential characteristic of individual premortal, mortal, and eternal identity and purpose." The divine nature and destiny of both male and female beings is discussed, and I am happy to know my I have a divine role as a female, daughter, and mother. The attitude I have always felt from Church leaders about all people is that we are all children of God, who loves us, and wants us to be happy. This being said, God still has eternal laws that must be obeyed and He provides teachings that help us to do so in a way pleasing to Him, and as a result, we can feel intrinsic peace that can only come through following His commandments. As mortals, we are all subject to temptations and we all experience weaknesses; however, that does not excuse our failure to follow His commandments--to be perfect, even as He is perfect. Since God does distinguish gender, and sets the expectation that we perpetuate eternal life through participating in procreation--and has given a commandment to multiply and replenish the earth, we should be grateful for our divine nature and differing gender characteristics we are endowed with at birth, and be sure to learn to control any inclinations that are not congruent with His teachings--or go against those powerful tendencies that may be hard to control and be in opposition to our divine nature. Same-sex marriage is not aligned with God's teachings. Show more Show less