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Hi I'm Debby

I'm a Mormon. I grew up in Arizona, joined the Army and met my husband. I'm an Army Vet, 5th grade teacher, grandmother, rancher.

About Me

After meeting my future husband in the Army we got married after a very short time and when our service time was over we came back to Arizona. I went to school and took the lessons from the missionaries, my husband then baptized me. I completed my AA degree and we had our first daughter. My husband joined the AZ DPS and his first duty station was the Navajo Indian Reservation, so off we went. We had another daughter and finally moved back to Tempe AZ where I grew up. I went on to finish my Bachelor's Degree from ASU, in Education, got my Masters from NAU, and other graduate credit from University of Phoenix. I have been teaching for 24 year, but am looking forward to retiring. So many things to do...I love to sew and quilt, garden, raise our chickens, horses, dog, and cats, and most of all do things with my family. I am looking forward to spending more time with my husband and traveling. My current adventure is learning about our family through genealogy, I have ancestors that fought in the American Revolutionary War and the Civil War, being a supporter of our must be in my blood.

Why I am a Mormon

Why am I a Mormon...when I met my husband I knew he was Mormon and growing up with friends both Mormon and catholic in AZ I knew a little about the religion, especially that families are important. I asked my husband lots more questions and he would answer them, but he didn't ever push me. When I was genuinely interested in joining the missionaries came and taught me the lessons. He wanted to make sure I got all the right information, but he baptized me. Honestly it was not easy at first trying to learn a new way of life and all the terminology, but the love and support that I received from everyone was wonderful. We eventually were sealed in the Mesa Temple and our sweet little daughters went with us. Being baptized had a lot to do with my husband, and I have now been a member for over 34 years. Through our life we have had many struggles and having the support and faith of this church has been a true blessing in life.

How I live my faith

How I live my faith...what you do in this church depends on how much you want to do. There have been times when I was teaching and going to school, and raising a family and that was all I could do, other than attending church on Sunday. Other times I have taught in Relief Society, our women's organization, worked with the little children, or the older youth in Sunday school, and one of my favorite callings was working in our library. One great blessing that is a part of being a Mormon is the joy of having home teachers or visiting teachers come visit your family and you can go visit other families. This in turn builds a support system for increasing faith, learning about the church, and knowing individual family needs. When I retire I also want to work at the new Gilbert Temple they are building. There is no greater feeling than being in the temple when you can learn, gain faith and testimony, pray and listen to the small still voice from within. My faith is on a journey and I am always striving to stay on the right road of life.