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Hi I'm Denalee

I'm a wife, a mom and a grandmother; I'm a writer and a speaker, but the best job I've ever had is at home. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have a passion for life. I see life as a gigantic gift in which each day is a new little present. I've learned through my own trials of infertility; Multiple Sclerosis; contested adoption; financial disaster; losing loved ones ... that there is joy and peace to be found in everything, at every moment in every day. It just requires submission to God's will - and then the peace flows and joy fills in the holes that sorrow and pain have created. I love learning! Especially learning about what nature has to offer. I dabble in essential oils, whole organic foods, living water, and exercise. I can't get enough of reading good books! It's easy for me to become so absorbed that I have learned to get my "must-do's" finished before picking up a book. It's bound to be hours before I emerge from the turning pages! Although I help make money for our family, homemaking and nurturing are my passions. I LOVE PEOPLE! Everyone has a story and I want to hear them all. This brought me to the great experience of hosting tv talk shows in Alaska and Nevada. I'd love to continue work in television because I'm also a big ham who loves the camera. For me, LIFE IS GREAT!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a home of good parents who were raised in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, so I come by my religion naturally. I can't remember a time ever not believing the teachings of the church. But I HAVE had specific experiences where the Spirit has confirmed what I already know. I served a full-time mission in Japan, and one day, early in my mission before I knew the language very well, I was at a crowded train station. We would often stop people at the train station and ask if they'd like to hear our message. I was so new at this that it was scary - especially since I couldn't speak the language very well. I stepped back and took in, with my eyes, the hoards of Japanese people hustling and bustling from train to street and all around. At that moment I was immediately struck with the pure knowledge that these were my brothers and sisters. It's hard for me to explain the feeling when absolute pure knowledge flows into you, but it struck me so hard that I was filled with a love so intense that all fear immediately left. I desperately wanted to share what I had with every single one of those people. I do know that we are all brothers and sisters; that we have a loving Father in Heaven who knows each of us personally. I also know that we all have a responsibility to lift each other. Part of the purpose and even the joy of this earth life is serving each other. My husband and I had a tough time getting all of our children here - I mean, growing our family. I thought that with modern technology I could somehow MAKE it happen. Through the trial of infertility I learned reliance on Heavenly Father and the great peace that comes from submitting to His will. We did eventually get our 5 children - each one a miracle. The pain and struggles of my trials have polished off some of my rough edges and have helped my faith grow. I know Jesus Christ is our personal Savior. I have felt His tender love for me and know He has that love for all

How I live my faith

Through my life I've been blessed to serve in the church in many capacities. For many years I worked with the young children in their Sunday classes, during singing time, and even in the nursery. I loved those times because children are so forgiving, so innocent, and so full of love. Recently I taught sunday school class to the 14-15 year olds. This was the best experience ever! These kids are bright young people who aren't afraid to ask questions and share opinions. I feel like they're all my kids and love them deeply. I've also worked in leadership positions in all the auxilliaries of the church. Every calling I've had I have loved. And I know the reason for that ... without a doubt, we love those whom we serve. It's just a fact. One cannot give service without growing to love the recipients. And always, ALWAYS - I gain more through my service than the recipient does. I feel like I can never catch up! I serve, I am blessed - I serve more out of gratitude, I am blessed more! It's a crazy cycle that I totally LOVE.

What blessings can we receive through the gift of the Holy Ghost?

Denalee
The Holy Ghost testifies of all truth. We've all had that tingly feeling when we see a beautiful sunset or hear touching music; maybe when someone says something that strikes a chord of truth in us ... that's the Holy Ghost testifying of truth. I love the process of learning to recognize the feelings of the Holy Ghost - particulary with promptings. I used to wonder all the time if a thought I had was just my own or if it was from the Holy Ghost. I believe that with practice we can learn to easily differentiate between the two. And as we practice recognizing those promptings, and then immediately act upon them, we are given more. It is through the Holy Ghost that I've felt peace flow in the midst of terrible trials. I'm grateful for that gift - the gift to have the Holy Ghost with me constantly - to guide, protect, direct and inspire me. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Denalee
Many years ago when I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, through prayer and pondering I was prompted to study the Word of Wisdom. Through careful study, which included not only the Word of Wisdom but also things that prophets and apostles have said about our health, my husband and I came to realize that although we were abstaining from the "do not" parts of the Word of Wisdom, we were not living the "DO" parts as well as we should. When I read the promise at the end that those who follow this law will "run and not be weary and walk and not faint" I knew that, for me, if I searched out what I should do nutrition-wise, I would be blessed physically. We incorporated whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables more in our diets and we took out some of the things that were not so nutritious. I know that it was in part because of following our promptings to live more closely this law of health, that 3 years after my diagnosis I was pronounced cured of this "incurable" disease. I know that great spiritual blessings come from following the Word of Wisdom as well! Show more Show less