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Hi I'm Delynn

I answer to mom, mama D, Ms. D, Mrs. T, I'm a recovering addict, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a full time mom to 3 children and part-time mom to hundreds. I've spent the last 14 years working in schools with my children as a volunteer, substitute teacher, gifted & talents teacher, student council adviser and activity planner, and the last 5 as the house cook and mom in a treatment center for teenagers. I love working with the youth of the world. They give me hope for the future. During this time and throughout my life I have been challenged with chronic pain from a variety of accidents and a few things I was born with, none of which will ever go away. Because of this, I have been treated with a variety of medical and holistic treatments as well as prescription medications with the last treatment causing an addiction to pain killers. Everything in me told me to stop and I had to make some major changes in my life. I have a loving and supportive family that allow me to move to another state where the weather was better for me and I was able to get treatment. Checking in and doing detox was one of the hardest things I have ever done and staying clean has been a challenge only faith and love has gotten me through. I am back working again, volunteering at the school and supporting 2 sons on missions. Life feels good again and I know "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." Philippians 4:13

Why I am a Mormon

The feelings of the spirit are what get me through each day. Since I have been challenged with health issues since I was born my parents taught me the principles of Where I came from, Why I am here, and Where I am going. Knowing the answers to these questions made me think, brought me peace, and helped me during the hard times to keep things in perspective. I know I have a loving Heavenly Father that is there when I need help and I can pray for peace when I feel alone and that no one understands my pain. When people find out about my chronic pain issues, the one thing they comment on is my positive outlook. I get that from the gospel of Jesus Christ and my faith in him. When i was in high school I was hit by a bus and one day when I was talking to my dad he gave me the best advice I ever got. "Delynn, God doesn't do things to you, but He allows things to happen for your good. You decided if this is a good experience or a bad experience." I chose to make it a good experience. I know I am loved and that I am allowed opportunities to grow by the experiences I have in life. Some are hard, but the growth is something I cherish because they help me become who God wants me to be. I feel some of the things lately will help me serve others because I've been there and lived through it. As I sat in rehab detoxing and told people I was a Mormon, they were surprised, but I told them we all have our challenges, it's getting through them that counts. We found that faith in Christ was the one thing we could all have in common.

How I live my faith

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints makes me happy. When I read the scriptures, listen to good music, and serve others, I find my life fulfilling. Working with the youth I have opportunities to share life experiences and advice. On many occasions they ask me why I am always so happy when I have the challenges I have. Sharing the gospel principles that helped me in my life help me teach and give them something to think about. Being familiar with the scriptures helps me share verses with people about almost any subject. I used to listen to a Christian radio station at work and when the kids would come into the kitchen, I would find the opportunity to talk about the songs. I think music is one of the best teachers we have. I love to serve. One of my favorite quotes from President Spencer W. Kimball is "God loves us, and he watches over us, but it is usually through another person that he meets our needs." Watching for service moments or reasons to love is something I enjoy and feel I can help meet the needs of others by doing those things I feel. Being a football, baseball, and cheer mom, I am blessed to be able to serve the teams. The feel good moments while serving and loving make me happy and I feel that is what God wants me to do, bring happiness to those around me. The gospel of Jesus Christ makes me happy and I am happy to say I am a Mormon!