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Hi I'm Donna

I grew up in Canada, I love to travel, do crafts, bake and garden. I used to be a teacher, I'm a mother of 6 and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was raised in Alberta, Canada on the beautiful prairies under a big, blue sky. I'm very blessed in that I've always been surrounded by loving family and friends. I started to travel in my late teens, I visited Europe twice; it was exciting to see so many new places, learn about history and meet people of different lands. I continued to travel into my twenties, this time to the Mid-East and Africa. I was so fortunate to be able to do a study abroad program with BYU in Jerusalem, Israel. I fell in love with people of different cultures and especially the scriptures while studying in the Holy Land. When I traveled to Africa to visit my parents who were serving a 3-year mission, I gained a love for all of God's children. It was a privilege to become acquainted with the great, loving and humble people of Nigeria. I met my husband while I was at BYU getting my teaching degree, we married in the Cardston Temple, moved to North Idaho and had our 6 kids. I love to watch good movies, my favorite genre is fantasy. I love hanging out with my husband and kids. I also enjoy cleaning, cooking, eating, scrapbooking, gardening, listening to downloaded books on my ipod and spending time in my yard. I love my life. I am grateful to my Heavenly Father for blessing me with all that I have. My personal motto is: "Life is Good and God is Great".

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised a Mormon. There are different parts to my testimony....my testimony of the Book of Mormon, of the Savior, of gospel principles, of the Bible and its teachings, and so on. I'm sure my testimony of the Gospel was developing as I was younger, but one of the first experiences I remember took place while I was in high school. My seminary teacher challenged us to read the Book of Mormon during that year. I've been reading the Book of Mormon now, cover-to-cover almost every day since then, and that has been for about 25 years! Years later I was given another Book of Mormon challenge. This particular challenge was to underline/mark each and every reference to the Savior on its pages, to show us that the Book of Mormon is indeed another testament of Jesus Christ. Every page is chock full of markings. I know the Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ. My testimony of the Bible and its teachings grew the most while attending the BYU Study Abroad program in Jerusalem, Israel. We immersed ourselves in the scriptures, physically, academically and spiritually. I consider myself to be one of the "luckiest" girls in the world because I got to learn, in the Holy Land, many aspects of the gospel. I walked where Jesus walked, I served where Jesus served, I was taught where Jesus taught, I prayed where Jesus prayed. My testimony of gospel principles grows as I go through life's experiences. The most significant experience I've had with this is when we lost our 5th child shortly after childbirth. I gained a stronger testimony of the next life and of the blessing that families can be together forever. While I was on bed rest I would remember and recite several scriptures in my mind, these brought me great comfort. I was also blessed with a gift from my Heavenly Father during this hard time; I was blessed with a sure knowledge that He loved me. In my opinion there isn't a better gift than having this sure knowledge. I'm so blessed!

How I live my faith

My faith saturates my life. I feel the gospel in every aspect of my life, from sun-up to sun-down. I have a new "calling" or church assignment. It is as our Ward's Scout Chairman (woman, in this case). It is my assignment to encourage the young men in our ward to be involved in the Scouting program. This program teaches young men important skills, such as in leadership, it teaches them to be physically fit, to be morally straight, to have an appreciation and respect or nature. These are all qualities that are good and Godly. In our church we want the best for our young men and so we support this organization. In the recent past I taught lessons during Sunday School that encouraged families to draw closer to each other and toward God by living more righteously each day. Before that I worked with the children under age 12. This is one of my favorite places to be. I love their eagerness to learn, their assuredness that they are children of God and loved by Him. I love to serve. In years past I have worked with the adult women in our church and encouraged them to strengthen themselves and then their families by following Jesus Christ. I feel I was born to teach and serve. I'm quite good at it, but only because God helps me. I rely on Him for everything; I am nothing without Him. I am thankful to Him for all that I have.