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Hi I'm Deanna

I'm a wife, mother, grandmother and nurse who is imperfectly making my way through this life and thankfully I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a small town where there was a large "Mormon" presence, I however was not a member and didn't think I would ever become one. But shortly after I was married, the missionaries came to my home and I listened, questioned, read, prayed and finally with my new knowledge and tender testimony accepted their invitation to be baptized. Over the years I bloomed as a mother--eight times!! And while many of those early years of child rearing were stressful and down right hard!, I now have great joy in my children, my five daughters and three sons have grown into loving and productive adults and have provided me with 19 beautiful grandchildren. When my youngest child started school. I was finally able to turn my time and energy to my own schooling. And so, on my fortieth birthday, I started college and four-sometimes tough- years later, I graduated with a Bachelors degree in nursing. After years working in a hospital, I am now fortunate enough to be working with terminally ill patients providing palliative care and comfort at the end of life. I like to read, do needlework, play the piano, be out in nature, shop and most of all spend time with my family. I have learned over the years that all things work together for good and that we must be compassionate with ourselves and others because in most circumstances we are all doing the best that we can and if/when we fail the Savior will lovingly make up the difference.

Why I am a Mormon

As a young woman, the missionaries knocked at my door and taught me that I was a child of God and had a Father in Heaven who not only loved me but was personally interested in me. As I listened to the missionaries, many questions that I had were answered simply and honestly. They encouraged me to pray about what they told me and to pray about what I was reading in the Book of Mormon that they gave me. I am a Mormon because I found out for myself that what was being taught was truth and light. I felt/heard the witness of the Holy Spirit confirming that Jesus is the Christ and that my decision to be baptized was right. It is not always easy to change religions, parents and family don't understand and feel betrayed, and friends just want you to keep participating with them, but I could not deny the witness that I had received so I entered into the waters of baptism, and then had hands placed upon my head to confirm me a member and to give me the most precious gift that can be given in this world--the gift of the Holy Ghost. As all of you know, life is NOT easy and we all have so many trials and needs, I can't imagine trying to navigate through the rough waters of life with out the unfailing and loving guidance of our Heavenly Father as given through the Holy Ghost. And for the unfathomable blessing of repentance, granted by the sacrifice of our Savior. My life is so much happier knowing that my Heavenly Father, and Jesus love me and are by my side encouraging me to keep going and not give up. I am so thankful that I set my own agendas and prejudices aside and trusted that God would reveal the truth to me, and He continues to gently distill upon me light and knowledge according to my faith and righteous desires.

How I live my faith

In the Mormon church, members are all involved in the worship services and activities. No one is hired so every one participates as he or she is directed or "called" Over the years, I have served in several areas, but for the most part, I have been serving in the organization that focuses on teaching children. I currently am the pianist in that organization. We recently shared our annual Children's Meeting with the congregation. This is a special Sunday when the children share what they have learned all year. They learned many songs for this program and I helped them practice and perfect them and of course they sounded like angels!!! Serving in church is one way to outwardly show my love for my Savior but in my personal life, I try to stay close to the Lord through reading his words, and praying, Setting aside time every day to study and contemplate can be a challenge but provides great blessings, your day just goes better! I try to be kind, loving and accepting to all I meet, for I truly do consider each individual to be a beloved son or daughter of my Heavenly Father and thus my brother or sister . I try to seek after, as Paul said, those things that are virtuous, lovely or of good report I also avoid things that might lead me to act in a way contrary to how Christ would act. In closing, It has been made known to me that this church--The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (the Mormons) is the Lord's church on the earth today and you can know too!!! Please trust enough to experiment and the Lord will let you know the truth of all things.