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Hi I'm Debbie

I'm a ham and a Mormon.

About Me

I am a mother to an 20 year old college student. I graduated from Embry Riddle in Physics and eventually became an online math and science teacher. I love to keep learning and encourage my students to do the same. In my spare time, I enjoy camping, hiking, exercising with "Insanity" and riding four wheelers. I am a ham radio operator and community emergency response team member, working with the local fire department. Part of that role is to encourage members of the community to have 72 hour kits, water and basic first aid knowledge so they are prepared in the event of an emergency.

Why I am a Mormon

While reading the King James version of the Bible, I felt the peace of the Spirit of God and His love for me. When I began to read the Book of Mormon, I felt that Spirit even stronger and knew that my Heavenly Father was aware of me and loved me. He wanted me to know the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon. It teaches us to believe in Christ, pray and keep the commandments and as it says, “everything which inviteth to do good, and to persuade to believe in Christ, is sent forth by the power and gift of Christ; wherefore ye may know with a perfect knowledge it is of God.” I love listening to General Conference and think it is amazing that we have the opportunity to hear from prophets and apostles who have fasted and prayed to know the things they should speak about. I know that if I listen to them, with questions that weigh on me, I will have the answers I am seeking. Someone in that conference (and most often more than one) will say exactly what I needed to hear. Personal revelation is key to being a member of the church. We believe it is available to all mankind. If I have family problems, or other weighty matters I can take those to the Lord in prayer, read the scriptures or listen to General Conference and He will answer.

How I live my faith

Camp Verde is a small Arizona town and we have a tiny ward. The young women are amazing though, and I love working with them on Personal Progress. This is a program that helps the participants draw closer to Jesus Christ, and work toward goals such as service, education and improving talents. We have the opportunity to go to the temple to give those who didn't have a chance in this life to accept the Gospel and be sealed to their family for eternity. It's a way of helping those who have waited, sometimes hundreds of years, to be with their family members again. (Don’t worry about them being “forced” to be Mormon. We believe that temple work gives the dead the opportunity for the Gospel, Heavenly Father doesn’t force it on them. It is still their choice.) It gives me hope that Heavenly Father will make things work out in the end, and I look forward to seeing loved ones who have passed on before me. I have also been asked to be the Emergency Communications Specialist in our area and part of that is to recruit ham radio operators (whether Mormon or not) for "emergency communications nets" which are set in place in the event of a disaster in which regular communication lines are down.

How are modesty and chastity related? How can parents teach their children to be modest in dress, language and behavior?

When I taught in the classroom, I noticed that behavior often follows dress. Uniforms in schools are known to reduce behavior problems. Likewise, dressing modestly will make it easier for ourselves and those around us to keep the commandments. When we dress, act and speak in a manner consistent with Christian values, we can set an example for our children and others around us. It sets us apart and is one of the best ways to let our "light shine." When Peter stood near the palace where Christ was being held during His final hours, he was known by his clean speech. It's interesting to note that as he felt pressure to deny Christ at that moment, he began to curse and swear. 73 And after a while came unto him they that stood by, and said to Peter, Surely thou also art one of them; for thy speech bewrayeth thee. 74 Then began he to curse and to swear, saying, I know not the man. And immediately the cock crew. (New Testament, Matthew, Chapter 26) Show more Show less