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Hi I'm Deborah

I am a daughter, sister, mother & grandmother. I work as a technology SME. I have a passion for genealogy. And I am a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a mother of 7 and grandmother to 14. I was fortunate to be a stay-at-home mom for 20 years, but now work full-time supporting technology in the financial industry. In my spare time I love to read about history, do Sudoku puzzles, watch cooking shows on TV and spend time with my family. A day rarely goes by that at least one of my children doesn't call or stop by to take advantage of free babysitting, a free meal, or just to say hello. The most important things in my life are my husband of 40 years and our children and grandchildren. But I also have a passion for genealogy or family history. I am currently researching, compiling and writing mini-biographies that tell the stories of my ancestors as well as my husband's. As I learn more about their lives, it helps me understand and appreciate more about my own. It has also opened doors to reconnect with extended family and to correspond with distant cousins who share the same ancestor. One of my goals is to travel to places where my ancestors once lived -- we've already spent a week in Colorado with another trip planned for California. I'm not sure if I'll ever get to Ireland, Germany or Austria to vist the villages of my ancestors, but I think trips to Iowa, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania where they immigrated to are entirely feasible.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in another faith; however, my family stopped going to church when I was about 10. As a teenager I developed a strong desire for a spiritual relationship. I began going back to the church of my parents, but it just didn't feel right. So for several years I attended different churches, always searching, though I didn't know for what. I even took a comparative religion class at college that discussed different churches and beliefs. Finally, in my sophomore year of college, someone invited me to attend the LDS or Mormon church. Even though the services were very different than what I had grown up with, there was something that touched my soul. I met with the missionaries, read scriptures, prayed and fasted for answers. After a while, I made the commitment to be baptized. However, my parents were not happy with my decision. So, in order to respect their wishes, I waited - but all the time still attending LDS meetings. Finally, my parents accepted my decision and I was baptized. That was over 40 years ago and I've never regretted my decision. The Mormon church has taught me how to be a better wife, better mother, and better person. My life has been full of both adventures and trials - but knowing that Christ is my Savior, and that I am loved by Him and my Heavenly Father has helped me face adversity.

How I live my faith

In the Mormon church, we do not pay our clergy. Instead, we all accept different roles and responsibilities in order to keep the church running. Since joining the church, I've taught childrens', teenage and adult gospel-centric classes, coached and organized sports programs and coordinated nursery activities. My current role is to assist with organizing community service projects, such as collecting donations for hygiene kits that are distributed to the homeless, and coordinating efforts for members to volunteer in the city library or community gardens. But living my faith is even more personal. My husband and I pray daily, and I can testify that this has strengthened our marriage. Reading scriptures and attending church regularly has also strengthened my relationship with Jesus Christ. I recognize that life is a journey -- and that I am a better person now than I was when I was in college, or even when I was raising my children. But I also know that I am still growing and learning how to be a good Christian, and that hopefully, I can continue to become more like my Savior in loving and serving others.