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Hi I'm Denise

I am a mother of six, a runner, and a teacher of little ones. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Three of my most favorite things to do are visiting with family, playing the piano, and running. Family is very important to me. I have six wonderful children and 4 lively grandchildren. I love to spend time reminiscing and laughing about their many adventures! I have always spent a large amount of my time with children and am currently a kindergarten teacher to 25, energetic five year olds. Although I might not always feel it, I think they keep me young. I can get lost playing the piano for hours. This brings a sense of peace to me when life gets crazy and hectic. Although I enjoy playing, I'm still looking for that miraculous balance of raising a family and having time to play and relax. Running gives me a time to count the many blessings I have been given. It also is a time for me to have a one on one with my Heavenly Father, a chance to evaluate the good and the bad. It gives me a time to be totally honest with myself and see where I can change to become a better person.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was born into an LDS family, I still felt a need to know for myself if the Mormon Church was true. I decided to read The Book of Mormon and take Moroni’s challenge (Moroni 10:5) of praying to know if the church was true. I prayed, I pondered, I waited and when I got off my knees I did not feel different. I felt good and peaceful, but I did not have an immediate knowledge that the book was true. This scared me as I'd invested almost 20 years of my life living the LDS beliefs. Why didn't I feel what others had experienced? I decided to go to one of my BYU professors whom I trusted as a teacher and friend. I asked him why I didn’t feel the “burning in my bosom” the challenge spoke of? My professor asked me two simple question; Did you feel the warmth of the sun today? Did you hear birds chirping? That was not the response I was expecting! I returned home and decided to sit outside and ponder the things I had read. In those quiet moments I felt the sun and heard the birds. I felt peaceful and calm. It was then that I realized what my professor was telling me. I learned that the truth of the gospel doesn't come all at once, but instead during each minute of every day. The peaceful feeling I was having assured me that I had a kind Father in Heaven who loved me and was answering my prayer. I learned that answers to prayer take time, faith, and effort. Today my testimony continues to grow. Daily I feel the peace and goodness being a Mormon gives me. If we believe in something we do it, hold to it, and live it. I am a Mormon because I believe that all religious questions and truths can be found in the gospel of Jesus Christ. As I evaluate the small moments of each day of my life, I feel his love and know that he lives.

How I live my faith

I have the opportunity to teach the young children in our church. Each Sunday I try to share simple activities that teach them the gospel of Jesus Christ. Sometimes it's hard to teach little ones all week at school and then again on Sunday, but I do it because I feel the joy of watching them learn and feel the spirit. We have 5 Eagle Scouts in our family. Currently I am helping with a scout project, "Support Our Troops". This project intells collecting needed supplies from local communities and businesses to send to our overseas troops in Christmas stockings. My responsibility includes helping our community school donate items and write letters to our service men. The organization hopes to make 5000 stockings filled with treats and supplies which have been requested in past years. "A Day of Service" is a project my family also participates in. Once a year our church gathers to do service projects for others in our community. They include projects like cleaning community parks, painting homes, planting trees and flowers, and pulling blackberries. Hundreds of people participate in this program. This past year a few families gathered to make thank you posters and take cookies to our local police and fire departments. It's a great opportunity to serve with our families and help our community.