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Hi I'm Danielle

I'm a Dental Hygienist, mother of six, grandmother of 22 and great-grandmother of 3. I'm a convert and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a convert to the church. I left New Jersey when I was 10 and moved to California. Spent my high school years in California and after I married my high school sweetheart we moved to Arizona. We have been married 42 years. When my last child went to school, I entered college and became a dental hygienist. I enjoy my work and have been with the same office for 16 years. A lot of my patients are like family to me. I like to read, go to movies and plays, sing in the choir and spend time with my family. I love to travel, go on cruises, be at the ocean, and I love Disneyland.

Why I am a Mormon

I came from what I call a semi-dysfunctional family. We did not go to church much, but when we did I always enjoyed it. After I go married and had my first child, I felt my daughter needed "religion". I became a member of the LDS (Mormon) church because I liked the values and the feeling of family I felt there. Coming from a family of drinkers and smokers, and seeing the effects that has on families, I was drawn to the wholesomness of the church. I liked that people watched out for each other and genuinely cared about each other. I found that I felt the ward members were more my family than my own family. I was more comfortable with them. That is not to say I abandoned my parents and siblings. I think they actually admired the standards we held to, especially years later when they saw how we raised our children and the life we lived. There is no one on either side of our families that have not been divorced, or had problems with alcohol or other addictions. I can honestly say that after getting married at a very young age, we are still married today, 42 years later, because of our membership in the church. I shudder to think where either of us would be today had we not taken that step all those years ago. That is not to say life has been perfect or that we have not had any troubles or problems. To the contrary...we have had our share. But being a member of the church, having access to wonderful Bishops and youth leaders, understanding the role of prayer in my life, knowing that I can have Eternal happiness and family, these are the things that have gotten me through the rough spots.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by being an example. I do not push my religion or values on anyone. That is something I dislike very much for myself. I have many opportunities to discuss my religion, my values, and my beliefs when I am at work. When my patients tell me they can't believe we have been married that long, and that it is a rarity today, I tell them that in my world it is pretty normal. If they ask how we have stayed together so long, I tell them that to be honest, it is my religion. This usually leads to many other questions...all brought up by the other person, not me. I am always open about who I am and what I believe. I try to be a good person, honest, friendly, and I genuinely care about people.