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Hi I'm Doreen.

My husband and I have a blended family - 7 children (4 married) and 9 grandchildren. We are both engineers, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I share the birthplace of one of my heroes: Abraham Lincoln, Springfield, IL. I grew up with four older siblings. At age five, my family moved to Arizona where I have lived since. Throughout my school years I was extremely tall for my age which I believed was a curse! I participated in school sports, and especially enjoyed badminton as it suited my introverted personality during those "uncertain years." My first marriage ended after seven years, and I raised my three wonderful children (two girls, one boy) as a single parent for 15 years. Afterward, I acquired my bachelors degree in business. I have worked in the aerospace industry for 29 years which has truly been a blessing. I met my sweet husband on the Internet in 2003 and we have been happily married since November 2004. We love spending time with our wonderful family, traveling, working together and just enjoying life! We were drawn together through our common faith in the Gospel of Jesus Christ and our love of the outdoors, travel, plays and musicals, and good food! I enjoy helping others, whether it be church service, tending my sweet grandchildren, or community service. I enjoy gardening, cooking, baking, and reading the kind of books that lift and inspire and more or less "take me away." I also like "feel good" movies, digital scrapbooking and creating personal DVDs for loved ones. I love decorating my home and watching HG TV :-) I am committed to a healthy lifestyle!

Why I am a Mormon

I was introduced to the mormon faith several years before I became a member. While associating with mormons, I admired their clean way of life (no cursing, smoking, drinking alcohol) and still had lots of FUN! As I began learning little bits of their beliefs and culture, it was apparent that these people were devoted to their faith and their families, and lived their religion seven days a week...not just on Sundays. But the real reason I became a Mormon was that all of my questions about life, death, and the hereafter were answered and made perfect sense!! Growing up in the Lutheran faith did not give me those answers. The Bible speaks of prophets and apostles who spoke and acted through the power of God. I am so GRATEFUL to KNOW that God has not abandoned us in these troubled times in which we live. He again speaks to His children through living prophets and apostles, who teach and testify of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and show us the way to live and be happy through His Gospel. You might be asking, "How does she KNOW these things??" Well, after baptism, I received the "Gift of the Holy Ghost" just as all Mormons do. This amazing gift allows me to KNOW what is true, comforts me in times of need, and speaks to my heart when I need answers to my prayers. Of course, I have to do my part to have this gift remain with me, which means I must keep God's commandments and strengthen my relationship with Him and my Savior, Jesus Christ. Those questions I mentioned earlier are: Why am I here? Where did I come from? Where am I going after death? I have come to know these answers by learning about our Heavenly Fathers plan of HAPPINESS, a.k.a Plan of Salvation. He is our loving Father who truly wants us to be happy, and I have come to understand that the way to true happiness is through living the Gospel of Jesus Christ and trying to pattern my life after His.

How I live my faith

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is a church of activity. We learn and grow through serving one another. My husband and I attend our Sunday meetings regularly: We attend Sacrament Meeting where we renew the covenants (or promises) we made with our Heavenly Father at baptism. We attend Sunday School where we learn about Jesus Christ and His teachings. Lastly, I meet with the women and my husband with the men where we learn specific things to help us be better individuals, and have stronger marriages and families. I live my faith by showing kindness and extending my friendship to others. I try to practice the Golden Rule, but sometimes fall short. I am grateful to have the opportunity to repent and be forgiven and try again! Saying daily prayers to my Heavenly Father, scripture study, and serving others are all important ways that I live my faith. I have served in various capacities in the church -- teaching children, youth, and women; helping in the church library; leadership positions with the youth and women of the church; and visiting teaching. Visiting teaching is a wonderful program that enables all women in the church to receive monthly visits where a spiritual message is given and Visiting Teachers can assess the needs of the family.