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Hi I'm DJ

I'm the mother of 5, grandmother of 6. I'm the Director of an at-risk Preschool, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Oregon, but grew up in Los Angeles. I've been married to my sweetheart for 33 years. We have lived in Utah, Idaho, Nevada, and now, Colorado. I am the mother of 5 and grandmother of 6. I have been active in PTA and have served as the Nevada State PTA President and on the National PTA Board of Directors. After my 4 oldest children were grown, my husband and I adopted a daughter who was 12 years old at the time and had been in foster care for 7 years. She is now 17 years old, and while she has much to overcome and things can get hard every now and again, I love her dearly and hope that her time with us will be of a benefit to her. Now I am the director of a School District Preschool where my 64 students all live below poverty and 85% have Spanish as their first language. I am currently going to college to get my bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education to better serve the children I work with. I work to help my students develop the skills and self regulation to succeed as they start school. I want them to love learning. For many of the children, school is the only safe place they have and I want them to know and remember that there were loved here. I love running, movies, books, and politics. I believe with all my heart that each of us has a responsibility to be an asset to our families, our neighborhoods and our community. It is our purpose to reach out and help all those that we can.

Why I am a Mormon

My mom was a convert at the age of 18, and my dad's family goes back in the church for generations. Even though I have always been an active member, I wanted to know that this was truly the Lord's church. I spoke with many friends who were of other religions and went to some of their services. While some of them believed relationships continued beyond the grave, none of them had the ability to explain the eternal nature of families. None of them addressed the work for the dead that Paul talks about in 1 Corinthians, and none of them had priesthood in the homes of it's members. Line upon line and precept upon precept my testimony and understanding of the gospel has grown stronger. I love the understanding that the gospel brings that we are all children of a loving Heavenly Father who has a plan for ALL of His children to come home to Him. No matter where or when they have lived, whether they have ever heard the name of Jesus Christ, we all have the ability and opportunity to be wrapped in the loving arms of our Heavenly Father as He opens the doors to His kingdom. This is the only church that I have found that has the key foundations of Heavenly Father's plan to bring all those home who will come.

How I live my faith

Not that I'm perfect at it, but I try to live my faith in all aspects of my life. I work to improve every day. I visit women in my church to check on them and make sure they are okay. I also visit others who are not of my faith but live in my neighborhood. I have spent years working with the teens at church, helping them to learn about life, faith, education, and self reliance. It seems to me that the work I do within the church comes easily. I know what to do there. I think that perhaps the most important work that I do is with those around me that are not a part of the church. How dearly I love those children with whom I have the chance to work. Whether it is at my school or working with the PTA, I want only to help those around me better understand the value they have, that they are royal heirs to a loving God. Whether it is finding coats, shoes, or food for those I work with or having a garage sale to raise money to provide a school in Laos with the supplies they lack to educate their students, I believe that every effort to assist those we can is what our Father in Heaven would have us do. Seeing the light of Christ in those around me and treating them with the love and dignity worthy of sons and daughters of God will, I hope, help them to find the sacred royalty within themselves. That is how I hope others see me living my faith.

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

DJ
This is an easy one for me. It isn't like I'm paying 10% of my income, but more like I'm getting a 90% finder's fee. I only have the ability to work through the grace of God. It is only through Him that I have been able to gain the education and have the health to perform duties that, I hope, only serve Him. So, He enables me to have access to whatever amount of money I have access to and I get to keep 90% while He uses 10% to bless this lives of my brothers and sisters on this earth and continue His work. I guess I just don't see the money as mine in the first place. Show more Show less