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Hi I'm Deborah

I have lived all my life in the Pacific Northwest. My husband and I have 8 children and 13 grandchildren between us. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have spent many years working in Early Childhood Education. I took about three years off to work in the financial world (basically in the middle of the recent "economic meltdown") which was an interesting experience. I went back to my job as a Head Start teacher because I loved the challenge of finding the right plans, activities, and objectives to help each child grow to their full potential. We also work with the families to help them achieve the same thing. In our off hours my husband and I love to hang out with our friends and family, take walks in our beautiful area, dance, fight the deer for our garden, and do any spontaneous fun thing that comes along. We sometimes usher for our local theatre group. I also like to do crafts, including recycled art, making greeting cards, crocheting, sewing,and making gifts. On top of that, I write poems, essays, short stories, and am working on a novel or two. We also like to cook and experiment with recipes. Both of us are very busy with our volunteer work for church.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up going to various churches and looking for the truth. My family was "Christian" but rarely went to church with me. I went with my neighbors and my cousins. And later with friends. While in college, I gave up searching and decided I was not religious. When I was a young mother, my grandmother, who had a big part in raising me, passed away. I began to wonder where she was. I decided to go to the Methodist Church which my husband and I had pretty much randomly picked to be married in a few years earlier. I thought they might be able to tell me what I wanted to know. It turned out to be a Sunday where we were either supposed to turn the clock forward or backward an hour. I hadn't done that. There was no meeting taking place, so I went home. I tell people now that I am a Mormon because of daylight savings time. Next on my list of entities/people who might be able to help me with my questions was my Latter Day Saint friend. She responded positively and took me to church with her, where I learned the truth of the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. And for that, I will be forever grateful. I now know that there was life before this earthly existence, and there is life after. I also understand that families CAN be together forever and I will see my grandmother again.

How I live my faith

I have served in many volunteer positions with our church's women's organization (Relief Society). I have held many other volunteer positions as well, including the two or three years my husband and I served as an emergency preparedness couple. Most of the time, though, I have worked with the women's organization, helping to strengthen women and their families and bring them closer to Christ. Outside my church work I have worked with the Cub Scouts, the theatre guild, the PTA, and the Crisis Center, among others. One small thing that I try to do as a follower of Christ, is to look at each person I come into contact with during a day as a child of God. Not just fellow members of the my church, but everyone. Some days, it can be a challenge--to those that are rude, or surly, or, frankly, when I am tired and grumpy! But I strive to remember the love and forgiveness my Heavenly Father has extended to me, and to offer the same to other of His children, in His name.