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Hi I'm Debbie

I am a wife and a nurse in a children's hospital Operating Room. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My husband and I have been married for seven years. When people ask me what my hobbies are while he is around, he tells them I don't have any because all I do is clean. Cleaning is not so much a hobby, but something that gives me satisfaction. We do not have any children, not because we don't want any. My husband has a disease that makes it so we are not able to conceive on our own. We have been working with an infertility specialist to become parents like we have always dreamed about. The fertility treatment has not been successful to this point. We are still very hopeful that we will be able to start our family soon.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day Saints. My father was a convert, he was baptized when he was 23, and my mother's family goes all the way back to the pioneer days. I was always a girl that didn't push the limits; I went to church because that is what you were supposed to do. As I became a teenager, and started to think for myself, I was challenged to read the Book of Mormon, then pray and ask Heavenly Father if it was true. I took the challenge very seriously. I read, and prayed. I had an overwhelming feeling that it is true. I have never looked back ever sense. I often feel the comforting spirit when I attend church, read the scriptures or ponder teaching of the church. I know the church is true. It brings great happiness into my life. I love being able to serve and by involved with others of my same faith.

How I live my faith

Serving in the church makes you feel so much more connected to the unit. We have many opportunities to serve. I help the women of the church. We look after and account for all the women. I at times teach in meetings with just the women. We as the leaders of the women’s group meet and pray about, and ponder the different needs in the ward, and how we are able to help them. Before I was serving with the women, I was working with the adolescent girls. I loved working with the youth. I loved being around them, teaching them, and feeling their spirit. It was so fun to not only strengthen my testimony by teaching the youth, but to see their testimony grow. To see the youth learn and recall, and answer with faith, is a powerful thing. I love serving in our church. As I said before, it gives you ownership, pride, and courage when asked to do things you are not comfortable with.

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Debbie
I always think of a ward and stake boundaries similar to those in a school district. There are elementary schools inside a high school boundary inside a stake boundary. Wards, or congregation, determined by the location that you live, is the smallest boundary. Then several wards make a stake. Show more Show less