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Hi I'm DeAnn Ogden Huff

I'm a writer, a carpenter, a tax accountant, a volunteer, a mother of 8, and a romantic. But best of all, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

In most people, one side of their brain dominates over the other side. Those with a more dominant right side of their brain are more creative, while those whose left side dominates are more analytical. Maybe I’m an exception. I’m both left-brained and right-brained—both creative and analytical. My creative side has taken a leap in the last few years. I’m a writer, who took a 25 year break to raise kids. But in the last four years I’ve written three and a half novels. I’ve always been an avid reader, reading nearly all of the many books in the house. But my favorite book of all time is the Book of Mormon. I’ve read it more than 50 times. Writing has helped me gain an appreciation for the fact that the Book of Mormon was translated in about 60 days. That’s lightning fast. I’m a carpenter—like my Savior. My husband and I build frame and panel doors and other custom furniture for customers. We’ve built nearly 100 doors so far in our shop. I’m a tax accountant who prepares more free returns than paid ones, including the returns for several non-profit organizations. I’m a volunteer. I was awarded our high school district’s Volunteer of the Year award recently. I serve as Treasurer of two non-profit organizations. I’m the mother of eight talented, funny, amazing people, and I’m a great audience. I’ve been madly in love for 30 years. Luckily he feels the same about me. The greatest blessing of the gospel is the knowledge that I can be with him for eternity.

Why I am a Mormon

I know—I remember the moment well. I was a sophomore in high school, and we’d been studying the Book of Mormon in our early morning seminary class. What we’d learned about that morning had me so excited that as I walked to one of my classes, I wished I had the guts to shout to everyone that the Book of Mormon was the word of God and Joseph Smith was a prophet of a Living God. Then it hit me like a ton of bricks. I knew. No, I didn’t shout it out then. It was high school, after all. But that was the foundation of my faith. From that moment, my faith has grown brighter and now lights my life like the noon day sun. I think—My analytical accountant mind likes things to add up. Beliefs have to make sense. Ideas have to be logical. I don’t like just trusting someone or something; I need to find the answers myself. The Gospel of Jesus Christ makes sense to me. There’s a fairness to doctrines that are unique to my church. Those who died without learning of Christ should get a chance before they are judged; it wouldn’t be fair if they didn’t. There should be a way for my family to be together forever and for me to be married for eternity to the love of my life. Children who die before they are baptized shouldn’t be condemned. It wouldn’t be fair. Thankfully, God has provided a way for everyone who has ever lived on earth to have a fair opportunity to return to him. I like the logic of that. And I love the temple. I feel—I’m grateful for the constant companionship of the spirit, which leads, guides, inspires, teaches, comforts, speaks peace to me on a daily basis. My current faith isn’t based on one experience long ago, but on daily experiences that remind me that God knows me and loves me. I smile—I’m happier than all of my non-Mormon friends. When I’m asked, “How are you?” I always answer, “Fantastic!” and I’m not just saying it. The Gospel of Jesus Christ brings me joy and happiness on a daily basis.

How I live my faith

I’m still smiling although my husband lost his job. As we’ve gone to God in prayer, we’ve received inspiration, comfort, and peace. The loss of a job after 33 years of steady employment can be devastating, scary, and humiliating. But the gospel and the constant companionship of the spirit brings, instead, prayer, peace, work, service, gratitude, inspiration, patience, and hope. Gratitude, especially has been important as we replace fear with thankfulness. We’ve been able to see the myriad of blessings that have come from this experience, and we’re thanking God each day for all we’ve received. We’re not worried because God is in charge. Instead, we’re having fun spending time together, acting on every bit of inspiration, and patiently waiting to see what adventure God has in store for us.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

DeAnn Ogden Huff
The strongest, most capable women I know are Mormon women. As we serve in the church, in various responsibilities and organizations, we are given opportunities to learn, grow, and improve. Years ago, a friend of mine had just joined the church. She was panicked at the thought of being responsible for a small group of young women. With encouragement, she dove in and a little at a time learned how to run an organization. Now, this woman is so amazing that I'd trust her to run a major corporation. She'd find a way to get it done. I could name hundreds more just like her. Mormons believe in equality of men and women, but not the sameness of men and women. Our individual characteristics and talents are unique, but together we are better than we are individually. Love that synergy! Show more Show less