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Hi I'm Dolores.

I have lived in Texas all my life, was an educator for 32 years, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

From the time that I was a little girl, I knew I wanted to be a teacher. I would sit my doll in a chair and teach her how to read! I did become a teacher and loved to see children excited about learning. The most gratifying thing about teaching is when your students grow up and get in touch with you to share how they feel you made a positive difference in their lives. Wow, that makes all of those long hours of work worthwhile. I then become a campus principal for about 12 years and loved that experience as well because I was hopefully making a difference with even more students by working closely with the teachers. My last career in education allowed me to supervise the elementary schools in our district and oversee the elementary curriculum. As far as my personal life, I am happily married with two wonderful grown children and four grandchildren whom I absolutely adore! They are my life and I am grateful because they live close by. My family is extremely important to me and we try to get together often. My husband and I love to travel, especially to the mountains. I am in complete happiness when I get to see a waterfall, mountains, or lighthouse. I enjoy cooking, hiking, tubing down a river, reading, and just being outdoors, enjoying nature.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the church by my mother, but my dad was a non-member. We weren't extremely active and soon I drifted away from church when I was a teenager. I attended many other churches, but it just didn't feel right. I remembered sitting in another church one Sunday in January when I was in my mid-twenties after I was married and had the strongest feeling that I was in the wrong place. I was having a difficult time believing what the preacher was telling me and deep down inside, I knew the answers from what I had learned when I was a child in the LDS church. The conviction hit me like cold water in my face and at that instant, I knew I had to return to my church. Don't ask me how I knew, but the feeling was so strong, I couldn't ignore it. I knew without a doubt that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was the true church here on Earth and that the gospel of Jesus Christ had been restored through the work of the prophet Joseph Smith. I knew my Savior, Jesus Christ, was trying to help me get back to where I belonged because he wanted me to be happy. I am so thankful that I listened to that small voice on that particular day in January because I am so much happier now and know that I did the right thing. I have raised my two children in the church and am very blessed to have my daughter and her family sealed in the temple so that they may be as a family for all eternity. My testimony has strengthened through regular attendance in church and at the temple, service to others, reading of the Bible and the Book of Mormon, and prayer. My family and I have been extremely blessed in many areas because of my decision those many years ago. I know without a doubt that the Book of Mormon to be true and I testify that we have a living prophet on the Earth today, Thomas S. Monson. I know that each one of us can receive revelation about the truthfulness of this gospel if we pray about it earnestly and ask for an answer in the name of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

Because I have such a strong conviction that our church is true, I try to live the principles of the gospel more every day. It's not easy, but not only am I blessed here on Earth because I am being obedient, but I know that I will be blessed even more in the hereafter. In our church, all members have callings in which they serve such as that of being a Sunday School teacher, library worker, Relief Society (women's organization) Presidency, etc. Through the years, members will have many different callings which utilize their strengths and talents as well as develop new ones. I have been a teacher in church, the first counselor in the Relief Society Presidency, a teacher of teachers (teaching those how to teach effectively) and other callings that helped me grow in areas that I was not as strong. In these positions, we not only are able to use our skills and talents to help others, but we learn and grow as well. Visiting teaching is a wonderful assignment that is given to all sisters. Each month, we go with our companion to visit other sisters whom have been assigned to us. It is our responsibility to help them in time of need and provide spiritual uplifting. I have learned so much from my visiting teachers and have felt their love for me. Service to members of the church as as well in the community is very important to us. Not all of my family are members of my church. I love them very much so I want them to understand what I know about my Savior, why we are here on Earth, the Plan of Salvation, and the blessings that can be ours for all eternity. The fact that families don't have to be separated at death and can be together forever is so important to me. The more I grow spiritually, the more I want to share this truthfulness with others. I try to do this mainly by doing my best to live a righteous life. I have definitely made mistakes but because of my Savior's atonement, I know that I can be forgiven and then I keep striving to do better.