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Hi I'm Denise

I've lived in Washington most of my life. I'm a mother of 4 and a proud grandma of 2. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

All of my life, I've loved learning. I started reading early and have never stopped. I've found that I can never be bored as long as I have a good book around. So education, and helping kids learn, is a passion of mine. I serve on my local school board and really enjoy helping our schools be the best they can be for every child in our community. I'm also a wife and mother. My husband and I have been married for 26 years and have 4 wonderful kids. My oldest 2 are married and I have 2 grandbabies. We married young, 19 and 22, and friends have asked how we've made it work. We like to say that we just grew up together. It's not always perfect, but we love each other and our kids, so it's worth it.

Why I am a Mormon

Why am I a Mormon? Well, the easy answer would be because I've always been one. My Dad was born into a family in Utah that were members, but was not living as an active member when he met my mom. When I was three, Mormon missionaries knocked on our door and asked my mom if she'd like to know more. Of course she was interested in this church that she knew her husband was a member of. Our family starting going and my mom was baptized. That's the bare facts of how I started going. I use to think I went because it's all I've known. But the older I get, the more I recognize the choices I've made and the paths I could have taken instead. During my teenager years, I questioned why I had to go, just as every teenager does. I realized the depth of my own commitment the first Sunday I was at college. As I got ready to go to church, one of my roommates asked me why I was going. I simply said, "I know that it's true and I want to go." That was a powerful moment for me. There are many of us who grow up in the gospel, but at some point we are all converts as we look inside and decide for ourselves what we really believe. So now that's my answer - I'm a Mormon because I believe and because I want to be.

How I live my faith

For me, living my faith is more than just going to church on Sunday. It involves how I organize my time and what I participate in. One of my responsibilities at church is as the leader of the girl's youth group, ages 12 - 18. With 8 other women, we teach lessons on Sundays and help the girls plan activities for our youth night on Tuesdays. It's so great to watch the young women grow and mature as they learn to lead their groups. One of the best parts of this is going to Girl's Camp every summer. We camp, cook, swim, do crafts, take early morning classes, polar dip in the lake at 6am - and I wouldn't miss it. It's such a great time to be out in God's creations and watch the girls come to appreciate their Heavenly Father from a new perspective. I'm also on the school board for my local district. I hope that as I serve, I can help to better the lives of the children in my community, preparing them for successes in their futures. It's important to me to help impact the kids in my community. Even simple things, like talking with a group of Boy Scouts about Citizenship and why voting is important is rewarding and fun. I feel like all of these things are expressions of how I live my faith.