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Hi I'm Debra

I grew up in Phoenix, AZ. I enjoy flower arranging and reading. I love having many of my family living nearby. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Debby and I've been married to a great guy for 41 years. I have 5 children, all married, and they have blessed me with 17 precious grandchildren. I enjoy reading, sewing, arranging flowers and spending time with my family. I also enjoy working on family history and teaching. I'm very grateful to live in this country (USA) and to have the freedoms we enjoy. I have just begun to sing again after being unable to for 6 years. I'm no longer a soprano and have to learn to hear the alto part. With the help of two friends I think I can do it! It has brought me a lot of joy to be a part of the choir for Christmas. I am grateful the church gives us so many opportunities to grow and use our talents.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (also called the Mormons) because I know it is our Savior's church. I know that the principles I have been taught since childhood are true and I am happiest when I live by those teachings. My mother was a convert to the church and because of her conversion I've been able to have the blessing of membership in this church. I think every member has a time in their life that they are converted and know for themselves that the gospel is true. This happened to me when I was a teenager studying the scriptures for an early morning religion class called seminary. As I read the Book of Mormon, I felt the holy spirit witness to me that it was true. I love the Savior and am so grateful for his atoning sacrifice. I know Heavenly Father lives and that Christ is His son and I know that they love me as they do you and all mankind.

How I live my faith

Another woman and I visit 4 women who live near us every month. We serve them and become friends. We listen to them and learn of their challenges in life and their successes. Sometimes we take them a little treat-baked items or flowers or something we hope will help them celebrate the season. We may take them to a doctor's appointment or grocery shopping or bring a meal if they are ill or need a lift. Sometimes they may need help cleaning or need child care. We always take a message from the scriptures. It's wonderful to share our feelings about the Savior. My husband and I visit another woman together. She has many health problems and it is uplifting to do something for her and try to make her life more comfortable. I have learned that when we are serving someone else we are serving the Lord. He uses our hands to accomplish His work on earth. I also have all of my family over to dinner and family home rvening once a month. FHE is a time once a week we have been counseled to devote to our families alone. That means no tv, no cell phones or interruptions from the outside world. We talk about the scriptures, sing and give kudos to one another (say something kind or that we love about a family member. When our children were little we often let them share a talent, teach the lesson, or we worked on their scouting progress. It is the perfect time to share our love of the Savior with them and now as we share this time with our grandchildren we can help them further their knowledge and increase their testimonies. They know how much we love them and the gospel.