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Hi I'm Danielle

I'm a wife, a mother of five, a small business owner, a writer and editor, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love to read about new ideas, and examine them with my family. I love to research my family history - there are so many fascinating stories to find! I love to have my kids around me, and I love to help them according to their needs, so we homeschool. My favorite person in the world is my husband; I call myself the captain of his fan club. I have worked from home as a magazine editor for ten years. I feel very fortunate to have so many blessings in my life, and I count them every day.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when I was a baby, and I was baptized at age eight. But it was when my dad was diagnosed with cancer that my real conversion process began. When I realized he was dying, I felt like the foundation of my world had been ripped from underneath me. I knew I had to find something that couldn't go away. After some careful thought, I turned to prayer. I came to know, in no uncertain terms, that my Heavenly Father loved me, and that I could depend on Him. He would never leave. Though I was only twelve, I began to build my life on that firm foundation. That sure knowledge, and a budding relationship with Jesus Christ carried me through the grief and pain of losing my dad, and nearly losing my mother to cancer the same year. I didn't quit building with that comforting knowledge gained as a child. I have dug deep, studied the scriptures, the words of the latter-day and living prophets, and prayed earnestly for direction. I have found that the Lord will lead and teach me as much as I will ask and seek. There is always more to learn, and His classes are a custom made, personalized curriculum for what we need to learn in each season of our lives. I have come to trust His lessons and His timing, even if I don't always understand them.

How I live my faith

Right now I teach a class of five-year-olds every Sunday. I love my kids! I seem to end up teaching wherever I go, and I love that. I also love that we look after each other in the church. It is very comforting to have a safety net, and serving others always brings joy and a renewed sense of purpose. I try to incorporate eternal truths into every lesson, whether it's a history lesson for my kids, a literature evaluation, or a Sunday School lesson. I delight in finding light and truth scattered far and wide in everyday life. I think that knowledge of truth is an anchor to our souls, which helps us evaluate right and wrong.

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

Being prepared for emergencies brings great peace of mind. I know that if there is a disruption to our "regular" lives, my family can still be warm, fed and clothed. This takes much of the fear of the unknown away. With the increasing number of natural and man-made problems going on, it seems anyone in any location can be affected. Once the emergency is upon you, the time for preparation has passed. It is better to be prepared ahead of time than to gamble on whether or not an emergency will affect you. Show more Show less