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Hi I'm Debbie

I grew up in a military family. I am married to my high school sweetheart and we have 4 great kids. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Spending time with my family is my favorite thing to do! I have been married to my high school sweetheart for 28 years and we have four children from 26 to 16 years old. My kids are hilarious and they crack me up all the time! We love to laugh and hang out with each other best of all! I have several things that I love to do when I have time - sewing, quilting, reading, and studying ancient Israel. I also love teaching teenagers. I have spent many years as a bookkeeper/human resource manager and executive assistant and enjoy corporate life as well. I even owned my own catering business for several years and I still dabble in that occasionally. I grow my own herb garden to cook with and I've recently been on a quest to learn to make traditional food recipes be healthier. A healthier life is something I am trying to develop but I hate it when excercise is the answer....and it usually is! I have recently discovered that I enjoy public speaking and someday I would like to be a corporate trainer or motivational speaker. I love my life and even when things are hard I try to find joy in the little things!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born to a mother who had been a member of the church all of her life and a father who was raised in the Catholic church. My dad was in the Air Force and joined the church when I was three years old. We moved around quite frequently to different military bases as I was growing up and I attended 13 different schools. Through all of the transfers and changes in our life, the one thing that was constant was going to church. It didn't matter where we were stationed, the church was stable and steady and the members became our family wherever we lived. After my Dad left the military, we still moved a lot but I always felt like it didn't matter where we were because the church was home, it was where I belonged and relied on that as a child and a teenager. At 17 I graduated from high school and left for college. I clearly remember the day that I realized I wanted to know for myself if everything I had been taught all my life was true. I knelt to pray in the bathroom (The only place I could be alone) and pleaded to know if it was true, if Joseph Smith really did restore the Gospel of Jesus christ and if the Book of Mormon was true scripture. I felt like I absolutely received an answer that day. That feeling is something that I have felt many times throughout my life. The witness I felt that day, comes back at times and reconfirms what I knew then to be true and what I still know to be true. I cannot imagine living my life without the knowledge that I have that I am a daughter of god. That I matter to Him. That there's a purpose for the challenges and difficulties that life brings as well as the joy and sweetness that fill my life. Knowing that I can be with my family forever is the greatest gift I could ever have and believeing that someday I can be with God again is the reason for all of it. The Gospel of Jesus Christ has the answers I need to live my life. It is what brings peace to my heart and soul and helps me live the life that brings the greatest joy.

How I live my faith

I am serving as a volunteer administrator/teacher over the high school age youth in our church and have been doing that for several years. We have a daily early morning scripture study class that the youth (9th - 12th grades) attend each day that school is in session. We currently have over 250 youth and 12 teachers spread out over about 25 miles that includes three different high schools and two junior high schools. I am the coordinator over that program and love working with people who care so much about helping our youth grow up with good values and a testimony of Jesus Christ. I love teaching teenagers and helping them to better understand how the teachings of Christ help them to live a happier life. I visit several women in our ward as a visiting teacher and share messages of the gospel of hope. These women are people that I am developing good friendships with and we help and care about each other as we visit monthly or more often if possible. I also assist in the women's organization by keeping up a blog about Sunday lessons, upcoming activities, interesting social and service opportunites that will help the members live a life of joy and giving and encouragement when things get difficult.