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Hi I'm Donna

I'm a mom, grandmother, teacher, student, and wife. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was happy to be a stay-home mom but always wanted to finish my education, so I returned to school at age 40 and finished my Bachelor's degree in history education and English. Now I am in graduate school working on a Master's degree in Political Science. I have spent the last 10 years teaching high school and I love working with teenagers! My husband and I have six children and eleven grandchildren. We have been fortunate enough to do some traveling; Puerto Rico, Alaska, Chicago, and the U.S. east coast cities. We raise chickens and attend soccer games; I love to remodel our house, read, cook, and do watercolor paintings. I have had a wonderful life being married to my best friend for 38 years.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was growing up as a Southern Baptist, I developed a powerful testimony of the Savior and the reality of the love that He and our Heavenly Father have for us. I knew that they listened to my prayers and answered them. My husband was a life-long member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when we met. He brought up religion a few times when we were dating, but I was resistant because I had been taught a lot of misconceptions about the Church and its members. I finally agreed to listen to the missionaries. Back then, there was a short movie that they would play entitled "Meet the Mormons". I remember watching that movie and absolutely knowing that this was where I belonged. As a child and a teenager, I loved the Lord, but I was confused; I had been taught that you had to be "good" to get to heaven, but nobody could explain to my how good was good enough. I joined the Church because all of my questions were answered. I learned that there is a plan, that there are specific covenants and ordinances we can make and keep, and that I can be with my family for all eternity. I drew great comfort from knowing that there is a living prophet who can answer our questions. I also learned that the Atonement of the Savior covers not only my sins, but also pain, sadness, and disappointments. I know that He lives and that we can be with Him again.

How I live my faith

I live my faith day by day simply by being the best person I know how to be. Our family is our priority. Service to our Heavenly Father's children is next, and there are great opportunities to serve each other in this church. I have served as the leader to the women's group in our church family. I have also enjoyed working with the young women from ages 12 to 18 and the children from nursery age up to 12. I have enjoyed teaching adult Sunday School. Currently, I play the piano for the children's meetings and I love hearing their enthusiastic voices when they sing. My greatest joy has been to watch our children grow up and embrace their role as adult members of the Church. Our son served a two-year mission in Guatemala and two of our daughers have been married to their husbands in the temple, where their families were bound together forever. One of the best parts of being a member of the Church is that no matter where you go, the Church is there. It never changes; it is the anchor in life. We always make it a point to attend church wherever we go and it is great to see multi-national congregations, urban and rural congregations, big and small congregations, all embracing the same Savior, the same convenants, and the same love that we all have for each other.