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Hi I'm Donna Mae Riggin Andres

I'm a Mormon. I was born in St Paul, MN the 11th of 12 children. Parents were Bessie Mae and Walter Thomas Riggin.

About Me

I am very intrested in music, especially directing. I received a Batchelor of Arts Degree in Music in K-12 later in life. Although I have not taught in the school system, I enjoyed getting my degree. I have directed music in almost all of the church organizations. I have also directed playes for the church and have held offices in both the womens' organizations and childrens' organizations of the church. One of the greatest blessings in being a member of the Mormon Church is the opportunities it gives us to serve others and enhance and enlarge our talents. My husband is not a member of the church. He was brought up in the Catholic Church, although he was not very active in his church. We have 5 children and he supports all of us in our participation and our activities in the church. We are in our early 70's now and he has been going to church with me and it feels so great. I know prayers are answered and I am confident that he will someday join us in the church and we will be sealed together as a family in the Lord's Holy Temple. We lost our oldest child 2 years ago by complications of Diabeties and he was not an active member and I have another son who is not active, but I am confident that they will someday come back to full membership. I have the blessing of having two other of my children's families and our youngest daughter being very active and they are a very large blessing. We have 15 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because even when I was 9 years old and my parents decided to join the church and my younger sister and I were baptized when they were, I knew this church was right. How does, at such a young age, does one have such feelings about a church. It is because I felt it in my heart and have never doubted it a second sense that time. When the church allowed single member sister to take out their endowments in the holy temple years ago, I felt that same feeling that day also. My heart felt that this was the place I should be and it felt like I had been in such a place before. The opportunities to have additional scriptures from God,our Heavenly Father, is such a blessing. The knowledge we have that we now have prophets upon the earth again is such a blessing. I love and support them. The knowledge we have that a young boy, Joseph Smith, was called of God to bring the true church once again to earth is a truth that i feel deeply in my heart and I know that this Gospel is the one that was once upon the earth, but was taken from the earth when the apostles were killed after the crucifiction of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and all truth was lost, but is now restored again and we can find that knowledge by reading the Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ and the Holy Bible.

How I live my faith

I have had quite a lot of health problems the past few years, mainlly back, so my being able to do the things I once did so very often have been lessend quite a bit. But I do attend my Sunday meetings and I try to do my visiing teaching to the sister assigned to us each month. I try to help when we are asked to give of our substances, clothing, food, etc. to help those less fortunate. I try to read my scriptures daily, and attend the temple when I can. I contribute to the church by paying of tithing each month and I know these funds go to help people all over the world, especially during the many disasters we've been through the last few years. It also helps build chapels, temples and helps missionaries pay for their missions. Doing service to others is something that we can do throughout all our life here on earth. "If we are in the service of others, we are in the service of the Lord".