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Hi I'm Deanna, also known as Dee

I'm a Mormon. I live in Indiana, was born in Wisconsin and lived a short time in California.

About Me

Although I am a Great Grandma now, I used to canoe and kayak race and was the USA couples champion and Ohio and Indiana Women's champion. Went to college a little over two years and ended up with a MRS degree. I have three children, two boys and a girl, ten grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren . I have many talents but master of none. I love to garden, preserving my bounty, do family history, (my own or others), enjoy fishing, hunting, sightseeing, and travel, all kinds of needle work, crafts, oil painting, & cooking. I also love to share my knowledge of these talents with others.

Why I am a Mormon

I was a dedicated Protestant and when my children were twelve, ten and less than two, I began having all kinds of strange physical symptoms. After a year of suffering I finally was diagnosed with a tumor in my heart. Open heart surgery was necessary. I was extremly frightened and this news drew me even closer to my Heavely Father. I promised Him that if I could continue to raise my children; my life would be dedicated to Him. The Comforter came to me and ALL my fears were removed. Surgery was successful and I poured myself into his service. However, the more I attended my church and callings, the emptier I became spiritually. Spiritual starvation is a horrible empty feeling. Thus I began my search for a church that taught more of Christ's teaching than what I was receiving. This continued for three years, when my mother who had joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints a few months prior, invited me to go to church with her. I went and invited the missionaries to teach me about their church. The second meeting was all it took for me to know THIS was the answer to my prayers. Life is not all smooth sailing. Ten years later, I would loose my husband to brain cancer after 27yrs of marriage. Three years later I remarried and had some more lessons to learn. After a long two and a half years of mental abuse; he died and I left three months later to serve a mission in Great Britian. Four months after returning from Great Britian, I met my present husband and have had a wonderful nineteen years of marriage and we served a mission in AZ for the Navajo tribe. Have made many friends that still keep in touch with us. It is so wonderful to know where I came from, why I'm here, and where I will be going after this life.

How I live my faith

I am a firm believer that when the Lord calls us to do a job, we are to do our best. I would never refuse an assignment; I owe Him my life. I served a mission in England & Scotland doing the 1881 Census indexing and taught many others how to do this. Was in charge of a data center in Dundee, Scotland. A non-member friend in England had asked me to keep an eye out for his Grandmother on the census in Dundee. Right before Easter I was working on the Census and right before me was Jack's grandmother and her siblings and parents. What a gift this was to give to my friend Jack. Another person that helped do indexing asked me to teach them the gospel and they were baptised a few weeks later. What thrilling moments these were. When I returned from my mission, a friend of England came over and spent two weeks with me. A couple of days after she left, I received a phone call from Wally and two months later we were married. That's been nineteen years ago. He is my spiritual twin. Ten years ago we served a mission in the Navjo Nation in AZ. We taught the people pruning fruit trees, canning peaches, making tied quilts, counseling, making noodles and many other things as needed by individual families. Went with several familes to the temple. My husband and I help out at Family Services, and family history library in our community each week. I have held many callings and each one is a learning experience. I have been a leader for the women's organization and the Young Women, 12-18 yr olds. Taught Sunday School for all ages, Adult to 3yrs olds and do my Visiting Teaching every month to help and assist those that have been assigned to my care. We really do practice being our "Brothers Keeper".