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Hi I'm Debra

I grew up in Tempe, Arizona. I am a wife and mother of four children. I am a college graduate. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a wife and the mother of four children. I have three sons and one daughter. I am very proud of the good that each of my children do. They are all bright and healthy and I feel I have been blessed in my life. I love to learn and to read. I have a Bachelor's and Master's of Education and am now pursuing a degree in Speech Pathology. I enjoy walking, bike riding, hiking, and I have a great love for dogs. I work as a volunteer at a hospital and a cancer treatment center taking my Havanese dog to visit as a therapy dog. I love to be busy doing things that uplift my spirit and those around me. I love my family and friends.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a less active family. My father was not of the Mormon faith. My father passed away when I was 5 years old. My mother began taking us to church when she could. My siblings and I became active in the Mormon faith when we were teenagers. I was baptized at eight years old but had to find my own testimony of the Mormon faith. I attended seminary-a daily class for Mormon high school students to learn about the scriptures and I attended Young Women's-a Wednesday night devoted to gospel teachings and activities to strengthen youth. It was in these settings as a youth that I learned about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints-the Mormons. I read the Book of Mormon for the first time and prayed about it. I knew it was true. I read and studied the New Testament for the first time and gained a strong testimony of my Savior Jesus Christ. I knew He lived and He suffered for my sins so that I could live with my Heavenly Father again. I felt like a sponge just absorbing the truth of all that I heard. The truths of the gospel kept me on a better path, away from many of the evils of my day. I found better friends that had high standards and it has made all of the difference in my life. I am Mormon because it helps me to be a better person. The Mormon church has taught me to be a leader, how to give service, and most importantly how to be like the Savior. It helps me to raise my family, giving me help and guidance with it's teachings. The gospel of Jesus Christ gives me hope and something to hold on to in these difficult times. I love the gospel of Jesus Christ. I know I am in a better place because of it and it's teachings of our Savior.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by serving in my ward at this current time as a Sunday School teacher for the adults. I have also served in the Primary organization teaching children ages 18 months to 11 years old, in the Young Women's organization teaching and serving with girls ages 12-18, and in the Relief Society organization, the women's organization of the Mormon church, giving service and teaching the women in my area. I also live my faith by volunteering in the community with my therapy dog at hospitals, and helping neighbors and friends all around me.