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Hi I'm Debbie

I'm a wife, mother of two, aunt to 66, a runner, a believer in dreams coming true and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I always dreamed of being a wife and mother. Even while pursuing degrees in college, being a mother was my prime desire and pursuing a career a necessity. I had careers as a recreation therapist, a wildland fire fighter and eventually a professional counselor. All wonderful and enjoyable jobs; nothing to complain about. I was happy doing what I was doing, but always holding on to my dream. I saw all of my 11 siblings marry and have children long before my dream ever came true. I did finally marry and like biblical Sarah and Abraham of old, my husband and I were blessed, in our older age, to become the parents to two beautiful girls. We adopted our oldest daughter 6 months and one day before I gave birth to another daughter. In one year we doubled the number in our household. These two babies keep me busy! As for hobbies and interests, they're all on the back burner for now. I enjoy reading stories, cuddling, looking for doggies and kitty cats on walks, cleaning up messes, laughing all the time and making new dreams about running and playing tennis again, among other things. Dreams do come true.

Why I am a Mormon

I have felt the hand of God in my life from as early as I can remember. I know that prayers are answered, even though not always when I like them to be. God is literally our Father. He is real. His love is real and He wants the best for his children. This belief has become even stronger now that I've become a mother. I believe that our Father gave sent his son, Jesus Christ to help us with our struggles, trials, temptations and problems. Through faith on Him we can overcome anything. Really! I've relied on the enabling power of the atonement of our Savior, Jesus Christ to get me through hard times. I am a happy person. Maybe I was just born that way but I think that knowing that I am a daughter of a loving God and knowing that my life matters, not just for now but for the eternity, makes each day a day to live joyfully and with purpose.

How I live my faith

I start and end my day in prayer. Because I believe God cares about me personally I include Him in my day, seeking His help as well as remembering all that He has done for me. I also read scriptures because it also gives me a good start to my day. There is a power that comes to me when I start my day with prayer and scripture study. As part of my current church responsibility, I work with the youth in the area where I live. I help them plan and carry out dances, conferences, a yearly girls camp and other activities which are wholesome and uplifting. I also visit 4 women monthly who attend church with me. All of us are in different life situations but through our monthly meetings we've become friends who care and support each other. I love Sundays and love attending church. Three hours of church meetings is not too much for me. I enjoy having time to get perspective on life and what matters. With so many distractions and things trying to get my attention I like that on Sunday it is a day only for worshipping the God who created and loves me and to spend time with family and friends. It is a fulfilling and wonderful day for me.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Debbie
No. In fact in my home my father discouraged his daughters from serving missions. Much to his dismay 5 of his 7 daughters served missions and all 5 of his sons served missions. It was definitely our choice to serve and we all did because we love the gospel of Jesus Christ and how it's made our lives better. Show more Show less

What is the Relief Society?

Debbie
It is an organization for women and is the largest women's organization in the world. Through involvement in the organization women strengthen their faith in God, strengthen home and family. It's also an organization that offers relief and compassion to those in need. Show more Show less

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

Debbie
We need to be involved. First in the home, ensure that children are taught about the dangerous and addictive nature of pornography and then do everything in your power to keep it out of your home. Block it from your internet, don't view questionnable dvds or have media of any kind in the home that is suggestive. Then become let your legislators know how you feel about pornography. Let elected officials locally and federally know that you don't want it to be available and acceptable. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Debbie
Yep, I do. There are so many teachings that prophets of our time have taught that have been needed counsel for me and our times. I don't imagine there to be a God that is less interested in people living in our day that would withhold revelation and prophecy. I am grateful to have a prophet and to believe he is called of God to teach and guide us in these difficult times. Show more Show less

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

Debbie
Husband and wife work together in raising and caring for their children. Both love and nurture their children and teach them how to love and serve each other, to have respect, to be responsible, to be hard working... Parents are the ones who have the responsibility to raise their children and to teach them to love God and to eventually become good citizens and productive individuals. Show more Show less