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Hi I'm Debbie

I'm a Mormon. I work in an elementary school. I love playing tennis, and I have ten wonderful grandchildren!

About Me

I grew up in Southern California where I learned to love the ocean and mountains. I think my belief in God began as a child as I walked the beaches and spent time hiking and camping in the hills. After a few years of marriage we settled in the Midwest. It doesn't have an ocean or mountains, but fortunately we live by a small lake where I can walk and still enjoy the beauty of nature. The Midwest has also been a wonderful place to raise our six children. The values here are strong and very family oriented. Family is everything to me. If you ask me what I'd most like to spend my time doing, it would be with husband, children, and grandchldren. About ten years ago, I took up an old high school hobby of playing tennis. It has become a real passion for me. I have made some wonderful friends, who I look forward to being with every week. I love to read and enjoy participating in a book club. I also love to walk and generally be active. I'm a member of Curves for Women, and love my treadmill.

Why I am a Mormon

I was baptized at 13 with my mother. My older sister had joined the church several years before. As I watched her and how her life progressed, I knew this was what I wanted for myself. Every good thing about me, every happiness and joy I know are a direct result of knowing Jesus Christ and his gospel. We are taught not just to believe in the Savior, but we study his life and sincerely try to pattern our lives after His. He is the greatest example, and I am especially grateful to have had His life and teachings to use as a standard in raising our children. I love His great Plan of Happiness, which enables us to come to this earth to learn, grow, and improve, to live in families, and eventually come back to live with Him and our family forever. I am grateful for my understanding of his Atonement and tremendous sacrifice. I make many mistakes, but I know as I sincerely try to overcome my faults and imperfections, He is waiting anxiously to forgive and strengthen me. I have experienced the power of his love and peace in times of trial, and I know He understands everything I could possibly endure because He once endured all things and overcame them.

How I live my faith

The church has given me so many wonderful opportunities to serve others and grow in the process. I have taught classes in the scriptures to children, youth, and adults. For one very special six year period, my husband and I taught a class at 6:00 a.m. every weekday morning to high school students. These incredible kids come before school every morning during the school year to study the scriptures and the life and teachings of the Savior. Most years we had between eighteen and twenty-five kids. It is a sacrifice for them, but most will tell you that it gave them the direction and strength they needed during those really tough years. Our own children participated in this program, and as a parent, I know my children had added protection and help to stay true to their values. Just recently I was asked to be the Compassionate Service Co-ordinator in our church. I have the wonderful opportunity to call and co-ordinate service to anyone in need of a little help, whether that be meals, house cleaning, friendshipping, or whatever the need may be. And usually those who are served turn around later and serve others. It's a wonderful circle of love. As I have accepted different assignments through the years, I have been the one who grew and gained the most. I have learned to love my Savior and understand my purpose on this earth better. Working often with children and youth taught me to be a better parent. Sometimes I have made a new friend, other times it's a softening and enlarging of my heart. And in times of personal difficulty, I have been given peace as I forget about myself and serve others.