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Hi I'm Debbie

I have five kids. I'm divorced. I know sign language. I work at a nursing home. I love to dance and sing, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was divorced after over 20 years of marriage. We were sealed in the Seattle Temple. We had five kids together, and all were planned and happily brought into our home. The hardest part was my ex-husband got custody of our three sons. Our two daughters were adult age, so custody didn't apply to them. Now, one of my sons lives with me, and my daughters are away at college. Nothing is more important to me than my kids. I treasure every moment with them. I love it when my kids are at my house. It feels more like home when they are there. I miss them terribly when they are gone. I love going to the single's activities. They are so much fun. I love to dance and sing. I love sign language - my oldest daughter is deaf. I love to swim and go boating. I love camping. I love watching my kids play their sports and perform in their bands. I am working as a nurse's aide right now.

Why I am a Mormon

Through all my trials and my family's trials, I have relied heavily on Heavenly Father to help me. I know that even though my family is not intact, I am still sealed to my children and always will be. No one can take that away from me. That is the most important reason for me to be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Families can truly be together forever. Half of my family was baptized into The Church when I was 5 years old, and I was baptized when I was 8 years old. When I was 20, almost 21, I was planning on going on a mission for our church. I had always believed the teachings of our church and felt the Holy Spirit especially strongly during youth conferences and girls' camps. I have always felt the programs of the church were inspired. Now, I believe the singles' programs are also inspired. So, to prepare for a mission, I read the Book of Mormon and prayed about it. I knew I had a testimony, but I wanted to be absolutely sure that what I was going to tell people was true. After I finished reading the Book of Mormon, I prayed again. This time, I felt the Holy Spirit very strongly. I was lying in bed with my eyes closed. I thought if I opened my eyes I would see a great light. I felt the Holy Spirit from my head to my toes and felt a burning in my bosom. I knew the Book of Mormon was true. Before that, though, one summer I lived with my Mom and was reading the Bible and praying. At that time, the Holy Spirit bore witness to me that Heavenly Father is our Father, that Jesus Christ is our Savior, and that they love us. This knowledge, has kept me going through all of the hard times, and there have been many, very many.

How I live my faith

I taught children at church for many years from ages 3 to 12. I helped organize classes and activities. I participated in Cub Scouts through church. I was able to interpret for my daughter in her classes and activities. I visit taught women at home, and there were some particularly wonderful women who visit taught me at home. There were men called home teachers who also visited us and helped us. I am grateful for priesthood blessings, which is a laying on of hands. I have received much strength through these blessings. There was an incredibly wonderful woman who helped me and visited me when I was going through the divorce and losing custody of my kids. She will always remain a hero to me. I want to be as loving, helpful and kind to others as she was to me. I helped plan children's activities last summer for our single's camp out. It was a lot of work, but unfortunately, we didn't get as many children as we thought we would. I really enjoyed it, though. I don't really have a job at church right now; we call it a "calling". Being busy with school and work, the leaders are giving me a break right now. I look forward to having a calling again when I have more time and energy. I do attend church and activities regularly. I love hearing the words of our prophet and his counselors and the apostles.

What is the Relief Society?

The Relief Society is the oldest and largest women's organization in the world. Relief Society was established in 1842 for women 18 years of age and older. Its purpose is to build faith and personal righteousness, strengthen families and homes, and help those in need. In addition to Sunday meetings, we are assigned certain women to visit once a month and give them a message and offer help when they need help. There are a few women who have helped me and my family through some extremely difficult times, and I will always have a special place in my heart for them. I look up to them as heroes and consider them dear friends. Show more Show less

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

"All things denote there is a God." Things did not happen by accident. We had a heavenly creator. Sometimes when I see a beautiful sunset, I say out loud, "Thank you Heavenly Father." There are so many beautiful creations on this earth with so many individual details. Babies and children are so beautiful. Watching them learn and grow is miraculous. My oldest daughter is deaf. I wondered when she was a toddler how she would learn abstract and intangible ideas. It was easy to teach her the what a cup was when I held a cup in my hand and then showed her the sign. I wondered how I could teach her about God. Then I realized it would be the same way any other child learns about God... through God himself. He teaches His children what we can't teach them. We feel His Holy Spirit and know He is real and feel His influence. Show more Show less