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Hi I'm Denise

I'm a wife, mom, & work fulltime. I was born and raised in So. Utah and have lived in Arizona for the past 9 yrs. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a Lending Manager for a large national bank and enjoy working with a diverse group of friends. I'm married to a great husband for 20 years and we have a 13 year old son. Working full time and being a mom and wife can be stressful. There just isn't enough time in the day to meet all the demands. I try very hard to not get overwhelmed and just take each day at a time. I also try to give myself a break when I'm not perfect (that is not always easy). My Husband has a career in golf management so naturally he loves the game of golf. He has tried to pass that love on to me but I just can't pick up the excitement. Although I have access to a great teacher and golf anytime, I just can't seem to get the hang of the game. As a family, we enjoy camping and the beach and of course Disneyland!! We also enjoy playing board games and cards together. We are all very competitive so it can make games a little interesting. My son plays club baseball so we also enjoy attending his games and staying busy with practices and traveling around the valley for tournaments.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born in Utah and to Mormon parents and the youngest of 7 kids. I was active in Church but didn't have my own testimony. I attended Church but it was sort of just going through the motions. I went to college in Cedar City and met my husband who was not a Mormon. We dated and eventually married, I fell away from the Church and became inactive. After 7 years, we were fortunate to adopt our son. When he turned 3, I felt strongly that I wanted my child to know about Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. I started going back to church and taking my son with me. I knew that I wanted the church in our lives. While I regularly attended Church, I knew that I had not committed myself 100%. I would justify to myself that since my husband wasn't Mormon it was enough for me to just be attending church each week. I struggled with myself knowing that I needed to have a stronger relationship with my Heavenly Father. I had a great husband and a wonderful son but still felt there was more. My husband was always very supporting of me and our son attending church but we didn't attend regularly. When our son turned 12, we began attending regularly since our son had received the Aaronic Priesthood and had responsibilities. My husband began attending with us. The reason, my son made the comment, "why do I have to go to church if dad doesn’t?". From that day forward, my husband would go to church with us. Each week he was touched by the spirit and when the Missionaries knocked on our door, he was ready to be baptized. The spirit had touched him many times and he knew the Church was true. Both of us began personal scripture study and committed to live the gospel principles. I developed my own testimony of the truthfulness of the gospel. I have gained the personal relationship with my Heavenly Father and I no longer feel there is something missing in my life. I have everything I could possibly need, my family and a true testimony that this Church is true.

How I live my faith

I'm involved with the young women and motivating them to complete Personal Progress. This is a program that involves establishing habits and learning skills that will prepare them for becoming a wife and mother as well as keeping a strong commitment to gospel principals. I love the youth, they have many challenges in their lives and it is wonderful to see them rise above and be good examples to their friends as well as us leaders. I'm also a visiting teacher and visit four wonderful women each month giving them an uplifting message as well as offering help or providing for an current needs. Our family tries to hold family home evening each Monday night as well as nightly scripture reading. This isn't always easy with busy schedules. We are not 100% successful each week but we are trying. I have a firm testimony that doing these things will keep our family close and help us to keep the spirit in our home. My husband and I just went through the temple 3-2012. We look forward to attending the temple regularly. I love being involved in Church and working to improve myself each day. I have a strong testimony of the sacrifice that Jesus Christ made on my behalf that will allow me to repent and be better. There is so much peace and hope in knowing I am a Child of God and he loves each and every one us. One of my favorite pictures is Christ with these words printed. "I never said it would be easy, I only said it would be worth it". That picture hangs on my fridge and reminders me daily that my goal is to return and live with him someday!