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Hi I'm DeNae

I'm a daughter, a sister, an aunt, a wife, a mother of 3 daughters, 1 son, 2 son-in-laws and one Malti-Poo and I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I love to cook and bake things from scratch, I got that love from my mom and grandma and great grandma! I love sports, in particular football, basketball and volleyball, watching-not playing! I have become one of "those" people who treats their dog (Honey) as if she is one of my children. I love serving in church, working with the youth (12-18) is the best! I am getting to live my dream; all I ever wanted was to be a wife and mother and I've been blessed to be both. My children have been my life, my everything!

Why I am a Mormon

I've never really "not" gone to church! I was born and raised in the church, with great parents who always took us and supported us in all of our activities, both at church and school. I thought I knew who I was, why I was here and where I would go when my life ended. I never doubted or questioned. But I also never really put my beliefs to a test either, at least until both of my parents passed away; thankfully not at the same time. My dad passed away first, in Jan of 2006 after a lengthy illness. He was only 71, too young in my opinion. I seriously thought my world would stop turning. I'd never experienced that level of sadness before, and I didn't quite know how to handle it. But I had my mom to take care of and as fate would have it she broke her arm on the day of my dad's funeral, which kind of began her downword spiral. I went from helping to care for my dad on a daily basis for several years to caring for my mom. Then in Mar of 2010, my mom also passed away, after a lengthy illness and prolonged hospital stay. She had just turned 72, also way to young. The level of sadness I thought couldn't possibly be worse after my dad died, was now multiplied by a zillion! This was when my beliefs were truly put to THE test! I had to ask myself, did I really believe in eternity? Did I really believe my dad and mom were truly in a better place, no longer sick? Would I really see them again? Thru much prayer and many sleepless nights and millions of tears, I knew the answer to all of these questions was a resounding YES. I also knew that my parents believed the same things I believed, I knew that at the end of their mortal lives, they KNEW what was in store for them! So even tho I never really doubted, and I still get super sad sometimes because I miss them every single day so much---I KNOW that my savior lives, and that he died and was resurrected so that my mom and dad might live again! I know I will see them, and Him again! Families CAN be together forever!

How I live my faith

Currently I have the priviledge of working with the girls who are 12-18 yrs old! We have an activity night during the week and spiritual instruction classes on Sun. My favorite thing at church has been serving with the youth of the church. My life is better because of them and they make me want to be a better person. It is so cool seeing them grow and mature in the gospel and watching them as they gain their own personal testimonies! My son served a mission for the church when he was 19 and even tho sending him off for two years was pretty much the hardest thing Ive ever done in my life, it was also one of the most special experiences I've ever had. Being a missionaries mom was an amazing blessing in my life. Now two of my three daughters are married to return missionaries, and I'm fairly sure my youngest daughter will want the same in her future husband. As we work with the youth of the church, we have the sacred responsibility to help these young girls prepare to be good faithful wives and mothers. I am so thankful for the leaders I had when I was a teenager in the church, and it's very rewarding helping these young ladies become the future leaders of the church. I also try to live the gospel in my every day life, not just on Sunday. I read the scriptures, I try to set a good example and always realize these young girls are watching me. I am grateful to be a member of a church that allows and expects its members to serve together.

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

I know without a doubt that my mom and dad are together, even now that they have left this earth. I know this because I know the sealing power of the temple, and I believe it with all my heart. My husband and I have also been sealed in the holy temple, as have 2 of my 4 children. I believe it is the most important thing we can do to ensure eternal happiness. Show more Show less