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Hi I'm Doreen

I'm a Mormon. I'm a mom to six. I'm a homeschooler. I'm a soccer coach. I'm a runner. I'm a cancer survivor.

About Me

I live in Washington State and love the beauty and diversity I find here. I married my best friend and moved to Redmond where we are raising our family: five boys and one girl. We have chosen to homeschool our children. I love the togetherness that has brought. My children are each others best friends. We have so much fun together. In fact it has been hard with the older two away at school. I love sports and soccer has been our family's passion for the past 16 years. Since our oldest was playing I have been coaching one team or another. In fact one year I was coaching three teams! I love it and we have so much fun. In 2009 I was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma: cancer. Two rounds of radiation and a round of cancer and we were able to put my cancer in remission. Our constant prayer is that I stay in remission until a cure is found. Just before being diagnosed with cancer I discovered a love for distance running. I started training and ran my first half marathon 12 days after starting chemotherapy and my first full six weeks after my last session of chemotherapy. I have since completed a second full and am training for in my third full marathon. But I just don't train and run marathons, I also fund raise for cancer research. But the most important thing I am is a wife and mother. I love my husband. He is my best friend and I love being a mom, even with the piles of laundry and dishes that come with it.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a family who for generations were Mormons. Both my mother's and father's family came across the plains with the Pioneers. But that's not really why I'm a Mormon. I'm a Mormon because I believe the teaching and doctrines of the Church. The Church's emphasis on family and doing good to others warms my heart. When I was little I knew I just had to belong to a church that focused on family and service. I believe being a Mormon makes me a better person. I love the teachings of Jesus, His parables and His love for everyone, but especially the children. When I read those stories or when I'm working with children, I can't help but feel that same type of love. I want that love to be with me always and I find that when I'm practicing my faith. But the real reason I’m a Mormon is because I prayed and gained a testimony of Jesus Christ's love for me as a Daughter of God.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by preparing my sons and daughter to be better than I am. I teach and inspire them to be better people, better siblings, better children, grandchildren and citizens. I live my faith by living Christ's teaching to "love one another" and I teach that to my children. I live my faith by doing the small things that add up to great things. I believe in holding family fun nights, family councils (you have to with four teens all begging for the car), date nights, family scripture study and prayer. I believe that faith is taught in the home and therefore spend a few minutes each day talking with my children about their faith and about the Savior Jesus Christ. I live my faith by helping others and allowing them to help me. One of the hardest things to do was to let people help me while I was in treatment for cancer, but I learned that as much as I loved to serve other, sometimes others needed to serve me and therefore show me their love and the love of our Savior. I truly felt His love through them. I live my faith by attending my church and fulfilling my duties. I love to play the hymns as the sisters sing. There is such peace and joy in their voices. I live my faith by loving my husband and my children. I live my faith by loving others.

What do Mormons believe about family?

The Church believes that the family unit can last eternally. I love that. Family means everything to me and therefore I will do what it takes to live with them forever. Husbands and wives can be together forever and so can their children, as long as all live righteous lives here on earth. Show more Show less