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Hi I'm Deann

I grew up in California, loving the beaches and surf. I am a mother of 11 children. I work in medical finances. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

As a little girl I always wanted to help the mother's with their babies. As I became a teenager, my goal was to one day marry and be a stay at home mother. I was blessed to do this for the 23 years, but I became a widow and still had 9 children at home, the youngest only being 3. I had to go back into the work force and support my family. The Lord guided me to employment that allowed me to have an employer who valued family, making it easier for me to be there for my children. It wasn't easy being a member of the church because it is so family oriented, but I knew that my children needed that stability in their lives so I continued to go. I turned to the Lord for guidance on many situations in my life, which was different for me because I relied on my husband for direction and guidance when problems arose. The Lord has always been there for me and he has blessed with great patience as I tried to raise my children through that difficult time. I am now a grandmother of many, with more coming and loving every minute of this time. I always knew that family was important, but I now know that they are my complete joy. There are so many distractions in this world, but I try to prioritize with those things of eternal importance first and then taking care of the rest as time permits. I truly believe that is the only way I could make it, becuase sometimes the things of the world can really depress you. I try to do the best I can and then let the Lord make up the difference

Why I am a Mormon

I have been attending the church since I was four. The gospel has just made sense to me. It is just so simple. The Lord asks us to love each other and to love ourselves. If we all just follow those 2 commandments there would no need for any others. When I lost my husband I did struggle with why did this happen. I never did get an answer, but I was constantly reminded that the Lord loves me, and he knows me and he knows my grief and pain. This knowledge of his love and kept me going. This knowledge is what I wanted my children to know for themselves. Life is hard, but with that knowledge that someone loves you unconditionally, makes it is easier. The knowledge of His love for me also makes the concept of eternal family so believable. Why would a father who loves me not want me to be together with my family forever. Of course he wouldn't. I do know that He loves me and He loves my children and my grandchildren and all my neighbors. He wants us to come home to him. He wants to do it for ourselves. He will not force us. He gives us commandments with promises and all we need to do is to obey them. I have told my children that the only way you can find out if the promises will come to you, you have to obey the commandments. You can't expect the Lord to give you the promise (blessings) with out obedience. So just try it and if you do receive the blessing, then you know that being obedient is the key.

How I live my faith

I love going to Church and being with the members. I serve over the women 18 and older. They all struggle with life problems, but they press forward and just keep trying. I also have the opportunity to watch over for certain women, who have become my friends, we share our joys, disappointments, and struggles as we travel through life's journey. For me it makes my problems easier when I can share them with my good friends and we usually end up laughing over how we got so stressed out over something. But there are times when they are just there for me when I need a shoulder to cry on or just a listening ear, and try very hard to be there for them. Every morning when I set up my to do list, I try to include something where I can serve someone. It may just be a call, a visit, a letter, or even a prayer. This helps me to not get so wrapped up in my own problems and see how the Lord loves me, my family, and friends. The Lord has given us all so much and if we can just be thankful for it. Let the Lord know you are grateful for all that he has given you and you will see more and more things that he has given you. One of my favorite things to do is to drive the youth to seminary every school day morning. They have to be in class at 7:10 every school day morning. I love to see their faithfulness, their caring for each other and desire to learn and serve. Seeing them, helps me to keep going and trying always to do my best. I am not perfect and my children will attest to that, but I just can't give up because the Lord has never given up on me and I know that he never will.