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Hi I'm Drea

I grew up in Louisiana. I teach reading in elementary school to students who have dyslexia or reading problems. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a daughter of God. I am a daughter. I am a sister. I am a wife. I am a mother of a daughter and a son. I am a teacher. I did graduate studies in dyslexia; taught remedial reading at a community college for three years. When I was 27, my daughter was born. I told myself, "I didn't wait 27 years to have a child for a daycare to raise her." I was a stay-at-home mom until my youngest began kindergarten. I wanted to teach reading to elementary students, where students should learn to read. My son has dyslexia. I like to read, of course, swim, and do family history. I write in my journal on a regular basis. It helps me remember where I was and what I am becoming. My husband builds bird houses; I love to paint his elaborate birdhouses. My mother has bi-polar mental illness, and she suffered with it without understanding and shame most of her life. She is a brave pioneer. Because of her and others like her, others have the benefit of better medical care and medicine. Bi-polar disorder doesn't own her; it is her struggle. Maybe I understand my students, who struggle so much with learning to read, even though I didn't, because of the compassion I learned growing up. And my teachers were kind and understanding when my mother was in the mental hospital for months at a time. My mother and they struggle with something everyone doesn't understand. I am a convert to the church. My parents, brothers and sisters do not belong to the church. I am a pioneer.

Why I am a Mormon

In fifth grade, I had two goals: teach and never depend on a man. My parents divorced, and my mom had no job skills. That wouldn't be me. When I reached my goals, I was not as happy as I thought. Something was missing. Browsing through a professors' library, I found an old book called These Amazing Mormons. Intrigued, I borrowed the book, which was not written by a member of the church. However, the author gave a challenge: "you can't get a fourth of the way through the Book of Mormon without it changing your life one way or the other." Shortly thereafter, I lost my job; the school closed. That was my "wake-up" call. Putting one's trust in a job is not the answer to happiness. I knew that I needed God back in my life, and I didn't feel close to God in the church I was raised in. I was impressed with what I read about the Mormons, and I decided to visit the church. I went alone; no one invited me. When I entered, it felt like the home I always wanted. For the first time in years, I felt that I was receiving answers to my prayers. At first, I didn't want the missionaries in my home. I didn't want anyone to pressure me to join. I was just investigating. So, I left with something else to read, continued reading The Book of Mormon, and kept going to their meetings. When the missionaries did finally teach me, they did not pressure me to join. As I prayed about what I was learning; I wanted to know for myself if the Book of Mormon was true. I got my answer. The Book of Mormon helped me understand the Bible better. Questions that no one could answer for me, questions I'd had from a very young age, were answered. I had always felt close to God but as a child I didn't understand why God didn't make my mom well, so I stopped praying. My decision to join the church was the best decision I ever made. I became closer to God. It changed by life. "There is a power in the Book of Mormon which will begin to flow into your lives the moment you begin a serious study of it."

How I live my faith

My mother once told me, "Drea, they can take everything from you, but they can't take your soul; that belongs to God." She was speaking about her struggle when she and my father divorced, and he gained custody of us. My mother taught me faith by her example. Faith is an action word. When I am going through trials, the best thing to do is to serve and stop thinking about myself. And, of course, to count my blessings--what I have verus what I don't. One of the best things about the church is how we care for each other. Our church does not have a paid minister, or even a paid janitor. No one gets rich in our church, and everyone is asked to serve. I have taught sunday school to 3, 4, and 5 year olds; I've taught sunday school to girls ages 12-16. I've attended a week-long day camp. I've written a children's program. But most importantly, I've been helped to raise my children in a community of believers, where my children are taught about Jesus Christ, our Savior. And my relationship with Jesus Christ is strenghten also.

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

In the New Testament John 21: 25, it says, "And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written." The Bible is one account of the life and mission of Christ. We believe in the Bible; we are Christians. In modern times, scientist have made archeological finds. Instead of a scientist discovering the ancient text in American, Joseph Smith was led to an ancient record. Joseph Smith translated this record, called the Book of Mormon, which is a record of God's dealings with the inhabitants of ancient America from 2000 BC-400 AD. In short, we believe in the Bible, and we believe in the Book of Mormon, a second testimony of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less