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Hi I'm Danielle

I'm from Ft. Wayne, Indiana. I love to read, travel and sing. I am a wife & a happy mom of 3 beautiful children. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana in a family of 8 children. When I was 19 I headed off to college in Idaho, where I attended school before wanting to serve as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints for 18 months. I served this mission in San Diego, California and loved the experience & loved the people. After returning home from my mission I completed my schooling (Elementary Education) in Utah where I met my husband. We have now been married for 13 years and have 2 beautiful daughters and 1 handsome son. They are the jewels in my crown and I adore my family. I am mostly a stay-at-home mom, although I have always worked part-time doing a variety of things. Currently I am a substitute teacher at a private elementary school and also work at a local law firm 1 to 2 days a week doing secretarial work to help out financially while my husband finishes up his last year of his doctorate degree. Since I have become a mom, I have been a Realtor, a business owner (gift baskets) & teacher. I volunteer regularly where I can in church and the community. I am a soccer mom. I love to be involved and give back where I can. I enjoy spending time with my family and having fun every day!

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I didn't think much about it when I was young, but now in retrospect, I feel that I was truly blessed to grow up with the good influences that I did through attending regularly and following that path. I know that the good choices and decisions I've made in my life can be directly related to my association with this church. To understand how I became a member, I feel that I need to explain how my parents became involved with the LDS faith. While my dad was born and raised LDS (Mormon), my mother didn't start out as a member of the church. She grew up as a member of the Protestant faith in New York City and her dad was a VP at Chase Manhattan Bank. One year, he had someone come & work for him that had recently graduated from Brigham Young University (BYU) in Utah. He was so impressed at what a fine, hard-working, intelligent and virtuous young man this person was, that he decided to send my mother to BYU, even though she was not a member of the church. It was apparent that through his associations with this one member of the church, that my grandfather felt so strongly that my mother would acquire a great deal of integrity, intelligence & knowledge from associating with similar people in that environment. She did in fact attend BYU, although she did not know a soul there in the beginning. After a few years and through prayer and fasting, my mom joined the church in France (which is where she met my father) and she never looked back. My parents now have 8 grown children and are the grandparents of 10 and counting. I know that the faith they have in Jesus Christ has been a stabilizing force for good in their lives. I know that we all need to have our own testimonies of what we believe. I have fasted, studied, prayed and know the truth of my faith for myself. Through my experiences, I have a calm assurance & I do know that the Savior, Jesus Christ guides and directs this church.

How I live my faith

I hold my family & the Gospel of Jesus Christ most sacred & precious above all material things. I am so thankful that Heavenly Father has given us the tools and guidance to be able find strength in Him in all things and to return to Him someday. This faith guides me through my daily life and sustains me. As far as living that faith, one thing that our family does is hold regular "Family Home Evenings" once a week where my husband, children and myself talk, teach and learn about our faith, play games and have treats. This allows us to "make" time even in the midst of a very busy week for those most important to us. Family Home Evening helps us to grow spiritually as well as strengthen our family relationships. It also helps to remind me that the family is eternal and this relationship of ours will last forever, so we need to look out for one another and help each person along on their journey. I visit regularly with sisters in our congregation and in my neighborhood as much as I can. I feel that if we are each looking out for each other & if someone has a need, I can lend a helping hand. I know that there have been times when I have been sick and have really appreciated having someone look out for me, so I try to extend the same kindness to others. I serve in the Young Women's Organization at church. I love it! The girls I work with are ages 12-14 and are the best! I help organize weekly activities to strengthen faith while having fun. Just the other evening, I helped organize a combined event for the young men and young women from our church where we played beach ball volleyball, shared treats and had fun conversation. I have had other opportunities to serve as well including helping in the nursery at church (ages 18 months-3 years), I was a children's choir director for 4 years and a Sunday school teacher on numerous occasions. We all serve in the church (without pay) and we have great opportunities to bless each other's lives in many ways.