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Hi I'm Danielle

I grew up in the south, but I'm proud to have no accent! And... I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a remarried woman who loves to cook and watch TV. I'm one couch potato who's trying to become a skinny fry. I went to college and majored in vocal performance. Now, ten years later, I'm an administrative assistant who loves Excel. Some people call me a perfectionist, but I think that has some negative connotations, so I say I'm highly organized.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a baptist home and was "saved" when I was young. I fell away from that church because it didn't interest me. During and after high school I called myself a pagan or wiccan. Looking back, it was mostly for attention. I then sought book after book on spirituality, because I knew something was out there. I just couldn't put my finger on it. During this time I thought of Christianity and the bible as a great story and history with some tall tales added in, but nothing that I wanted to relate to. I was as far away from being interesed in Christianity as anyone could be. After my divorce I met my husband, who I knew was a Mormon. I didn't know anything about the religion except that I thought it was a little strict. Still, I didn't think that it was a big deal. Suprisingly, after a little while of dating I was the one who had all the questions. He didn't want to talk to me about his religion, because I think he was afraid of what I'd think. When he told me details I wanted more. I wanted to hear everything. It all sounded so different and interesting. I asked him to take me to church with him one Sunday, and I loved it. Me... the un-Christian woman then wanted to meet with the missionaries to learn more. Well, before you knew it I realized that I had found EXACTLY what I was looking for. I was baptized shortly afterwards in February of 2009 and have grown by leaps and bounds since then.

How I live my faith

In the Mormon church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, the majority of the members have callings. A calling is a job that you do within the church. You are not paid for this job. No one, going all the way up the ladder, is paid for what they do unlike other churches. We do everything we do for God and each other. My current calling is a chorister. In other churches you might call it the music director. Previously I taught 6-7 year olds in Sunday School. There is no set time that you are assigned to a calling. It's determined by our bishop and his couselors by prayer. Being the chorister has been a great blessing to me, because as a new member of the church it's helped me to get to know the hymns on a deeper level. I also serve other women within the church. I have another companion and we are assigned to visit three women once a month. The purpose of this is to look after them and make sure that their spiritual and physical needs are met. For an example, I go to another woman's home and make sure that she is doing ok. If she is sick I might bring her and her family meals, or help her clean her home. She might need help with babysitting or picking her children up from school. I'm a contact for her when she needs help. During this visit I also discuss a special gospel/spiritual topic with her. It's to help discuss things that she might not think about every day. Also, it helps me too. None of this has ever felt like a burden. It feels wonderful to help others and the church.

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Danielle
As members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints we are encouraged to wear our Sunday Best. Men wear dress shoes, slacks a button down shirt and tie. Women wear modest dresses or skirts. We celebrate all Christian holidays as well as nationally recognized holidays. There aren't any special Mormon holidays. Show more Show less