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Hi I'm Dawn

I'm a mom, a mother-in-law and a grandmother-to-be. I'm an art lover, cyclist, and teacher. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have 4 daughters and when I turned 40 I got a bonus baby, my one son. The girls are close in age and we've had three weddings in 4 years! Our family now includes 3 wonderful son-in-laws-the brothers our little boy always wanted. My hobbies include reading, cycling, skiing and so on, but now my favorite thing in the world is to get my family together for either a ski vacation or in the mountains fishing and riding horses. We love a good game and are all trying to tame the competitive beast within. I am the daughter of an art lover and grew up spending a lot of time in the Phoenix Art Museum. I love traveling and going to art museums around the world. But even more than museums I love my involvement with a school program called Art Masterpiece where we teach children to appreciate famous works of art. I volunteer in my own children's school and at the District level but I also to a school in South Phoenix that has a much different background than my neighborhood which is especially rewarding. I love seeing these children enjoy art.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were inactive Mormons who dropped my brother and I off at weekday children's meetings. We went on Easter and Christmas as a family. When I turned 12 I entered the Young Women's organization and started attending Sunday meetings regularly, sometimes with my parents. When I was 14 some young men from the Church started dropping by to visit and met my Dad. They loved him and pretty soon the visits weren't to see me, but to hang out with him and my Mom. The boys begged the local Church leaders and eventually, my Dad was asked to help teach these young men on Sundays. They developed a strong friendship, the boys were a wonderful example to him and encouraged him to get active in the Church. By the time I was 16 my family started attending church more regularly. There were not many members of the Church in my high school and keeping the standards of the Church made me feel very different but I loved being a Mormon and had a testimony of the truthfulness of the Gospel. I was thrilled when I graduated and was able to attend BYU. My parents were curious about this school I raved about and went to visit during Education Week the following summer. My Dad finally got all his questions answered in a class and after 25 years of marriage and a lot of soul searching my parents decided to get sealed as a family in the Arizona Temple. 4 days after they got home from BYU Education Week my parents were sealed to each other, my brother and I were sealed to our parents and we became an eternal family. Within the next two years my Mother was called as Relief Society President (the women's organization), I was married in the temple to my husband, my brother served a mission to Mexico and my Dad became the Bishop of our ward. I guess we made up for lost time! I am so grateful to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I know what it is like to not have the Gospel and I know what a difference it has made in my life.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to be a good friend and neighbor and by trying to raise happy, successful children that will be assets to their communities. My favorite thing to do in the Church is teach, mostly because through preparing to teach I learn so much myself. I have taught all ages, including adults and teenagers, but especially love the opportunity to work with the children. They are often learning concepts and stories for the first time and its a privelege to see their eyes light up with understanding. I support my husband in his efforts on the Arizona Interfaith Council by attending and helping with events at other Churches and with other faiths. It has opened my eyes to the goodness of all religions and been a blessing in my life to associate with some really great people. I have also come to realize that people are curious about Mormons and often have questions. I really appreciate when people ask a question about my faith so that I can correct misconceptions. I think Interfaith connections are important so that we can all understand each other better, not necessarily so that we can change or convert each other, just appreciate better.