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Hi I'm Denise.

I'm a mother, a writer, a veteran, and a nurse. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I like to read, and to write—I'm revising the rough draft of my first novel, and I have two others started. I'm a single mother of four adult children, three of whom I home-schooled through high-school graduation, and two of whom are half-way through college. I'm a U.S. Navy veteran, a Registered Nurse, and I recently earned a Master's degree. I also enjoy genealogical research.

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the LDS church as a young adult in the military. Neither the church of my upbringing nor any of the other denominations I studied could answer my questions—but the LDS missionaries had all the answers.

How I live my faith

I’m a Family History Consultant. I help church members and people in my community connect with their ancestors.

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Ideally, all church members would be able to attend the temple, and that's our goal: for all of us to qualify to attend the temple by living the principles of the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ to our best ability. Temple worship is sacred, not secret. Observing the requirement to enter the temple only by recommend is how people have always demonstrated reverence in the presence of God. For example, in Bible times, the tabernacle and the temple had an area called the "Holy of Holies," or "most holy place," where only qualified individuals entered. Temple worship involves advanced scripture study to learn eternal truths; making covenants with God that will enable us to live together as families in his presence; and to provide the same lessons and covenants on behalf of our ancestors, so they may enjoy the same blessings in eternity. Show more Show less