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Hi I'm Donetta

I love literature and baking. I enjoy growing flowers, walking, and spending time with my family. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been married for 37 years and my husband and I have 7 wonderful children. My life has been spent mostly in being a stay-at-home mom, trying to raise 7 good citizens. I am intensely interested in politics and the history of the United States of America. I love my country and want it to remain free. When I was a child my Dad seemed to be able to grow just about anything in the hot Arizona desert. My thumb isn't quite as green as his, but every time my roses bloom, I feel happy and it brings back sweet memories of the beautiful flowers he raised. One of my favorite hobbies is baking. I love seeing people's faces light up as they bite into my fresh home-made cinnamon rolls, sugar cookies or whole wheat bread. My children have come to expect me to cater their wedding receptions. I easily made 1000 cookies for each one and thoroughly enjoyed myself. I also love to read the "classics." I relish Charles Dickens, Jane Austen and my favorite Louisa May Alcott. I love literature - reading is always a special treat in my busy life. While my children were young, I read to them at bedtime. We read things like the Chronicles of Narnia, Island of the Blue Dolphins, The Witch of Blackbird Pond and The Hobbit. Now I'm reading the Harry Potter series to my grandson. I've enjoyed them all! Sports! I love sports. I grew up in a very sporty family - we all swam. I learned to work hard and to know that not all hurting is bad. Last, but not least, I love music.

Why I am a Mormon

Growing up in an LDS family was truly wonderful. We attended church services each and every Sunday and tried as a family and individuals to live the teachings of Jesus Christ. We loved each other then and we continue to love each other now. But growing up learning and living the gospel of Christ doesn't mean one will always continue on that path. I have studied the scriptures regularly, pondered on what I really believe and prayed sincerely to know the truth of God's plan for His children. I have come to know that God's church on earth is found in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I believe that there are truths in every religion, but I know that the church to which I belong is the same church brought to earth by Jesus Christ. I know that Jesus is my Savior and your Savior. He is the Savior of all mankind. He made it possible for us to live with Him again.

How I live my faith

My faith in Jesus permeates my life. It affects everything that I do. I am certainly not a perfect individual - I am human and make mistakes. But my goal is to be like Jesus in all that I do and I am trying. Because I want to live my life like the Savior, I want to help make my world a better place. I have been involved politically for years, working on campaigns that I believe in and serving as a precinct commiteeman and precinct captain. I have also volunteered at my children's schools, helping the teachers and organizing and presenting Art Masterpiece in many classrooms. In my church I have served in many capacities. I have been the leader of the women's, youth and children's organizations. I have made countless meals for those in need. Currently I serve has the children's music leader and director of the adult choir. All these hours of service have been freely given without recompense. I know the Lord has blessed many times over for what I have done in His service.

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Currently I have a son serving a mission in Georgia, USA. It is difficult as a mother to let your son go away for two years, but I know that this is what Heavenly Father wants him to do. He is happily teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ to others. My son worked hard at different jobs to earn the money for his mission. In fact, he saved nearly the total amount that he would need to pay for all the expenses of his mission. What he lacks, my husband and I will pay for. This may seem to be a sacrifice for some, but we know that we are blessed by our son's service; we are grateful for this opportunity and privilege. Show more Show less