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Hi I'm Debbie

I'm a wife, mother, emergency nurse, convert, and now I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a beautiful, small town in southwestern Colorado. There I was baptized and confirmed a Presbyterian. My sister and I attended church although my mom didn't. She did, however, always want the best for us and thought that religion was important in our lives. I felt as though the people at church were fake. They were very nice on Sundays but some of the worst kids at school. I played every sport our school had to offer but especially loved volleyball and snowboarding. In college I went to Fellowship of Christian Athletes and occasionally a non-denominational church but never found something I really enjoyed or felt I belonged to. After college I was hoping to find the perfect church but didn't want to do it alone. I married my husband who was and still is an inactive Mormon. We have a two year old daughter who is the light of my life. I work part time as a nurse in the emergency department. In my free time I love being outdoors, road and mountain biking, canoeing, hiking, running, triathlons, scuba diving, traveling, and anything having to do with the ocean. :o)

Why I am a Mormon

Most of my husband's family is LDS and I thought they were amazing. They were more family-oriented, happier, kinder, more honest, and selfless than any other families I had ever met. To be honest, what little I knew about their religion I thought was a little odd; not being able to attend my husband's cousins' temple weddings, paying to send their sons off for two years of missionary service, dressing so modestly, and not doing anything on Sundays. Two years after we were married, my mother-in-law stayed with us for a month. I agreed to attend church with her if I didn't have to work. She went by herself the first Sunday and was invited to lunch with a couple of women she had just met. I was able to go to church the following Sundays. It was different than I was used to and not as modern, but I enjoyed it. Everyone was so happy and loving and made me feel so welcome. I started taking the missionary discussions and reading the Book of Mormon and prayed to know if it was true. I knew it was. I was baptized a few weeks later and it's the best decision I've ever made. I am so grateful to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ and feel so blessed. Although there was not much I had to change, it has changed my life. The Mormon church has given me the recipe for happiness and success, as well as every ingredient (resource) I need to do so. I love the values it teaches and am so thankful that my children will grow up in the church. I love the clean and healthy lifestyle the Word of Wisdom teaches. I love having a modern-day prophet to guide as through these difficult times. The church has made me a better person, has provided me with opportunities to serve others, and has taught me sacrifice. It has increased my talents and desire to learn new things. It has taught me the importance of God and our families. It gives hope, understanding, purpose, and most of all happiness to my life.

How I live my faith

There is a beautiful song titled "If the Savior Stood Beside Me" which is how I strive to live my life. Although I have a long ways to go, I continually strive to become more Christ-like. I follow the commandments and the teachings from The Book of Mormon. Daily I pray and try to read the scriptures. Currently I help with the teenage girls at church and love it. Monthly I meet with three women to see how they are doing physically, mentally, and spiritually. I enjoy participating in church activities and everything the church has to offer.