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Hi I'm Debbie

I'm a daughter of a Heavenly Father. I'm a wife, a mother, an advocate for children, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love being a wife and mother. I LOVE traveling and learning about cultures and people and just exploring new places especially the outdoors. I love teaching my kids and seeing them develop. I also love learning new things myself. I love people, being around people and helping people. I have a pretty good imagination and I love to make up stories every night as my kids go to bed. They always ask for a story from "my head". I grew up in Sacramento, California and got a Bachelor of Psychology from Brigham Young University. I served a mission for my church in Geneva Switzerland and parts of Eastern France. That was a life changing experience and one I hold dear to my heart. I loved testifying of the truthfulness of our Savior to anyone and everyone. I earned my Master in Social Work from the University of Washington. I believe strongly in advocating for children's rights which I did as an employee of Children's Services and now as a volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA). I am passionate about children being in loving, nurturing homes. I met my best friend and husband and we've been married almost 7 years. We were married in the Portland temple because we believe that marriages can be eternal, that there is life after death and that through the Priesthood of God, a couple can be married forever. It makes even the hard times of life worth working through. Our two boys make each day tiring but wonderful.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) because I believe Jesus Christ organized His church in our day just like he did when he was on the earth. I grew up with parents who took me to church every week. As a teenager, I doubted that the church was true. I made choices to follow the world more than to follow my Savior. It was music that helped me feel the Holy Ghost when it testified the truthfulness of the church. I also prayed to know for certain that the Book of Mormon was a witness of Christ along with the Bible. I felt so happy and certain after praying and I know that was the Holy Ghost witnessing the truth. I know with a certainty that Heavenly Father has a plan of happiness for us. I learn from both the Book of Mormon and the Bible as well as a living prophet. I believe that God speaks to us just as He always has, through a prophet. I am grateful for a loving Savior that always loves me and has carried me through the difficult times in life.

How I live my faith

I hope that my love of the Savior shows through my day to day actions. I know I have so much to learn but I try each day to show my happiness in following Jesus Christ. I know that through his love and grace, I can be helped and help others. I love to attend church each week (even though it's hectic with little kids) because I love worshipping God with others who are just trying their best everyday No one is perfect, we are all far from it, but we can strengthen each other. I have able to serve in the church in many ways. Recently, I was asked to help teach the young children. I love teaching children. I love seeing their faith grow and I love when they learn something from the scriptures. I love all of the activities that are planned so that we can serve and be social. I try to read the scriptures everyday and I pray many times a day. I live my faith by just trying to follow the commandments and realizing how much I need the Savior's mercy.

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

I pay tithing because the Lord asked me to. Tithing has been a part of the Lord's church and was mentioned in the Old Testament. Everything I have comes from the Lord, so giving back a small part to help build the kingdom of God, is not much. Sometimes, it is hard to part with money when there isn't much to part with, but that's when I'm lacking faith. I have been too blessed to not give back. My faith grows every time I give tithing. Show more Show less