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Hi I'm Deanna

I'm a Dental Hygiene student. I love to learn. I love art. I love people. And I love being a Mormon.

About Me

I am the youngest of 8 children. My parents are still married. Together they have 23 grandchildren, and when we all get together, there are over 40 of us. Needless to say, I like big families! I have been married for almost a year and a half to my high school sweetheart. We are also anxious to start a family of our own. I am a senior in a Dental Hygiene program at Northern Arizona University. I love school. I think I mostly love to learn. I chose dental hygiene, partly from influence from my sister who is also a hygienist, but after being in the program, I know that this is what is best for my personality. I love the work and the people I work with. I am looking forward to being a life-long learner. When I have a free moment from everything else in life (which seems to be rare since being in school), I love to create. I have a love of woodworking, drawing, painting, sculpting, music, and just about anything that involves using my hands. Over the summer I went on a medical mission to Guatemala with a group of volunteers called "Los Medicos Voladores" (The Flying Doctors). There were around 25 physicians and volunteers with us. In 5 days we were able to treat about 1500 patients and provide 2100 services. What an incredible experience that was! It is something that I have wanted to do for about 7 years now, and it was well worth the wait. I hope to be able to continue to do humanitarian trips throughout my entire life. That is something that I am very passionate about.

Why I am a Mormon

I was fortunate enough to be born into the Church. I do not have an incredible conversion story, but to put it simply, I know this church is true. I know God lives and that He loves us. I know that Christ died that we could one day make it back to our Father in Heaven. Sometimes knowing that something is true does not mean that you can necessarily put your testimony down on a paper, sometimes is comes more as a feeling, something inside of you saying, "Yes, this is true! Christ did die for you and He lives! You are never alone through any trial you go through, because Christ suffered all that He would know exactly how you feel right now, with any pain you are feeling." My Savior is my best friend. I know I can go to him with any problem I am facing, big or small, because He knows me, He knows exactly what I feel, and He knows exactly how to help me. His love is infinite. I choose to continue to be an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints because I know in my heart that this is Christ's church on the earth again, in its fullness. This is no ordinary church.

How I live my faith

I currently have three callings in my ward. I play the piano in church when all the women meet together (called Relief Society), I am on the Enrichment Committee (basically a monthly event where all the women get together to learn new skills, build relationships, and strengthen their testimony), and I am on the Compassionate Service Committee (it is what is sounds like, you help people that are in need). I have loved being on the Compassionate Service Committee. I just like to help people. At times I find myself making judgments about people before I get to know them. What I love about helping people, is that you get to know them, you see what they are going through, you see their struggles and hardships. You very quickly realize that the world does not revolve around you, that the petty competitions we have with ourselves or those around us are so meaningless, temporal things are only temporary, and there is so much work that can be done for others. For some reason, when you help someone that is either in need or cannot help themselves, you start to love them. You start to see them as Christ sees them. Judgments quickly flee and you see them as a person, as a child of God. My favorite quote describes service well: The majority of us lead quiet, unheralded lives as we pass through this world. There will most likely be no ticker-tape parades for us, no monuments created in our honor. But that does not lessen our possible impact, for there are scores of people waiting for someone just like us to come along; people who will appreciate our compassion, our unique talents. Someone who will live a happier life merely because we took the time to share what we had to give. Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have a potential to turn a life around. It’s overwhelming to consider the continuous opportunities there are to make our love felt. ~ Leo Buscaglia