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Hi I'm Deanna

I'm Mom to a blended family. I'm a budding philanthropist, a wannabe archaeologist, an avid crafter, and I love being a Mormon.

About Me

After a debilitating divorce and seven years of single parenthood, I met and married the man of my dreams and became mom to his two children from a previous marriage. We've also added one more child to the mix since then, for a total of four. The challenges of a blended family have been a daily reality for 14 years now, but love, patience, and prayer see us through. I love crafting of virtually every type, even though I'm not one of those uber-creative people who come up with fantastic ideas and gorgeous designs. I love, love, LOVE to read. And I've had a passion for archaeology since before I was even old enough for elementary school. I love to visit ruins and museums and learn about artifacts and past ways of life. My husband and I have some big philanthropic dreams that we are working to achieve in our community. Trying to make a difference, even for just one person, is important to us.

Why I am a Mormon

I love the way the gospel guides my everyday choices - what I wear, who I associate with closely, how I speak, what I watch, read or listen to. That may sound restrictive, but I feel so comforted and blessed when I make wise choices: wearing attractive yet modest clothing allows people to look at ME - who I AM, not what my physical assets are. Choosing to spend my time with people who uplift and inspire me creates a sense of well-being and positivity. Choosing media that allows me to exercise my intellect or create enjoyment without creating a negative environment helps my both my spirit and my home to be more at peace. Nobody wants to walk in the door at the end of the day and feel chaos at home! These are things that we all deal with every single day, and the things the church teaches help me make positive decisions daily for me and my family. The gospel provides me with knowledge I haven't found elsewhere. Although I was raised in the church, I left it for a couple of years when I was a young single mom. I saw and experienced many things that helped me to realize how blessed I had been when I had been living the gospel. I returned to the faith and I'm reminded frequently how blessed I am to have this gospel knowledge. I know families can be eternal, that I have a Savior and a Heavenly Father who know me personally, who wait with arms outstretched to comfort, forgive, and guide me. I am a daughter of God, and He adores me as any father would (only to a much greater degree), in spite of my imperfections. He wants the best for me and from me, and blesses my good efforts. I have a Savior who lived and died for me, and who still would have done it all even if I had been the only one He needed to save. And they both feel the same way about you. My faith provides a calm at the very center of me. It has become such a part of who I am that I would not ever be able to abandon it.

How I live my faith

I serve as a cub scout leader for Webelos Scouts (10 year old boys). Helping them to grow, learn and challenge themselves is incredibly rewarding. I have three ladies in my church that I'm assigned to visit each month. I, along with another lady, stop in once a month to visit and help if we're needed. In the past I've brought meals to new moms or families struggling with difficult situations, I've done house cleaning, tended children, and various other services for these women and others in my church and community. Even during busy times, I feel the Lord's hand in helping me to find the time, energy and resources I need to accomplish these things and still get done the things my family needs. He truly blesses us when we follow His urging to love one another. Every Christmas, my husband, children and I do a family Christmas project that involves charitable giving or service. It makes our holidays so much more fun and rewarding when we are able to focus some of our attention on others. Our projects have often been completed with the help of our church leaders and other members.

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Before I received my own personal witness that we have a true and living prophet, I relied on the following Bible truths and consequent logic: 1. God is omnipotent and unchanging. 2. God loves His children. 3. God provided prophets to guide His children during Bible times. 4. The Bible tells us that we will live in increasingly difficult times. 5. A God who is unchanging will love His children today as much as He did in Bible times. 6. A God who loves all His children would not abandon them during increasingly difficult times, when they need His love and guidance more than ever. THEREFORE: Yes, absolutely, God has given us a prophet to guide us. Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Heavenly Father gave us agency, which is the right to make our own choices. Because He knows us, He knew that we would make mistakes and violate His law. He will not force us to be obedient, but disobedience would not allow us to reenter His presence when our time on earth was over. Because He loves us it was unacceptable for Him to lose us all. So He and Jesus planned to save us, if we chose to be saved. Christ was the only man ever to live on earth who NEVER made a mistake. He actually LIVED for us, being both the perfect example for us to follow and being the only one who could pay for the sins of others because He was sinless Himself. In the Garden of Gethsemane, He felt every pain we have ever felt, both emotional and physical, and He suffered the pain that was the consequence of every sin of every child of God. He willingly offered Himself up to pain and death so that through His mercy, we could escape the demands of justice. He offers us true compassion, as he has made our personal agonies His own. Our faith (or lack thereof) and the actions we take, indicate whether or not we have accepted the gift of Christ's atonement . If we do all we can to follow Him and repent of our mistakes, when we are judged by the Father, Jesus will be able to intercede on our behalf because He has paid the price for our mistakes already. His great sacrifice will give us eternal life, if only we strive to live worthy of it. Show more Show less