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Hi I'm Deborah

I grew up in the midwestern United States. I have always loved people and art. I 'm an artist, a mother and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I live in Central Illinois with my husband of 37 years, enjoying life as empty nesters. We loved the journey that raising 6 children here in the midwest has given us and attending the school functions their interests led them toward. As a convert to the church, this was our first "home" church. We traveled a great deal when we first married and we found the truthfulness and hope the doctrine of this church offered while vacationing in Salt Lake City. I felt like I had found the fountain that would quench my long thirst for knowledge of who I was and where I came from. As I studied the scriptures and listened to the words of our prophet, I knew that this gospel was true and that I would find the answers I had been seeking. I enjoy learning so I embraced the opportuntity to go to college in my 50's when some of my children were still in school. This experience was challenging, but I felt God was directing me to learn more about this subject. I went on to get a master's degree and recieved my certification the same year my youngest child graduated from high school. It was such a great experience for the whole family. We have all benefitted from these studies. I also love to draw and paint. Many of my family and friends have blessed me with encouragement as they display my work in their homes. Learning and sharing are such a great part of this life experience and I am so blessed to have been given such wonderful opportunities to do both.

Why I am a Mormon

I searched many years to find a church that could answer the questions that I held in my heart. I had always felt that Jesus Christ was my savior, but I could not find a church that sufficiently explained the part he played in the old testament. I also wondered why the organization of his church during his ministry had apostles and there was no church today that followed the same pattern. I was delighted when we accidentally discovered there was a church that answered these questions and that the organization was the same as it was in the old testament. My husband and I had traveled to Salt Lake on vacation and during our visit to temple square, we discovered the answers that I had been searcheing to find. After we returned home, we looked up the address of the church and started attending and learning more. My testimony of these things that I have learned about Jesus Christ and the organization of His church are true and has continued to grow as I have studied and worked to seek answers to other questions and have tried to live by the principles that I have been taught. These principles have aided me in raising my children, they have given me a solid foundation to rely upon as I sought to teach them how to live to be as good a person as they could be. Without this gospel, I believe I would not have had the tools necessary to raise them to be as strong and responsible as they are. I still have spiritual questions, and I am still recieving answers. That is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I love teaching the gospel. One of my favorite jobs or callings in the church was to teach a religion class to the high school students in our church. These students would arrive at church at 5:45 A.M. every school day and study the scriptures for an hour before they would travel on to their schools. Preparing lessons each day to use during this study time helped me grow stronger in my faith, seeing the sacrifices these young people make to attend this class also helped me to want to live a more faithful life. I have also used my training as a psychologist to faciitate an addiction recovery group at our church. It is free to the public and it is a service that allows me to give back to my community for all the kindnesses that people have given to me over the years. Each week as I attend this group, I learn that we all have weaknesses that need to be addressed before we can more fully appriciate the blessings that our Father in Heaven gives us. My faith grows through this service and I love having the chance to get to know the people in my church and in my community and sharing our thoughts, testimonies and talents.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

My studies have led me to understand that to understand the doctrine of grace, we must also understand the doctrine of justice and mercy that are a part of the atonement. Because Jesus Christ paid the price for our sin through his loving act of atoning for our sins, He has paid our debt to satisfy the law of Justice. He then becomes our master if we agree to allow Him to do so. By repentance, we recognize our wrongs and we do all we can do to make restitution and seek forgiveness but we are not able to completely right all our wrongs, so Jesus then offers His grace to make up the difference. We are responsible to live the best lives we can by following His commandments and loving our neighbors, what is left after we have repented is the part He will cover as our merciful advocate. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Yes, I believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today. While Moses and Thomas S Monson are different people with different talents and strengths, they also have different challenges, even so, each has been chosen and called of God to lead His children on the earth. To me the knowledge that our Father in Heaven has always given His children a way to live righteous lives thru His prophets has been a great comfort and strength. Sometimes it is hard to follow the counsel the prophet gives, but I know that by doing so, I will grow in faith and that the blessings associated with that obedience will be mine to grow me into a more righteous daughter of God. Show more Show less