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Hi I'm Deanna

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Deanna and I am currently a college student pursuing a career in Music. I have a wonderful husband. We've been married for almost six months, so I guess you could say we're still in the newlywed/honeymoon state. We're currently not planning on having children for a few years, so I'm not a mother yet. I met my husband when we first started college, but we didn't start dating until after I became a member three years later. I was baptized into the church on October 24th, 2009, and I am a first generation Mormon. I was living with my parents at the time, so believe me when I say that I know what it's like to persecuted for your beliefs. My parents and little sister are devout Vatican I Roman Catholics, and to say they are closed minded is a big understatement. My family treat my faith like everything else that is disagreeable: pretend it's not there. My mother and I are still very close, I can still talk to her about anything except my faith...and my husband. Everyone tells me that it will all change when my husband and I have kids, but until that happens, I'm treading the waters with my family. I am currently a primary teacher at my Ward. I teach five and six year olds about the gospel and it's been such a rewarding experience. They have more questions than I have answers for so it's a learning experience for all of us. Two years have gone by very fast and I'm still a baby in my faith, but I wouldn't change anything that's happened for the world!

Why I am a Mormon

I became a Mormon because I was searching for truth and everything I tried just wasn't working. I was a Baptist for the longest time, and studied the Catholic faith, because of my father. There were a few things that I just couldn't agree with, but for the most part I was okay with it. I was making my father very happy which is something I had strived for years to do. I found the Mormon church while walking down a very dangerous path. I was making decisions and choosing things that were not good. It wasn't drugs or alcohol, just things that were very damaging to the spirit. What's worse, is that the comfort that I wanted to find from my parents when I realized I was doing wrong, was not there. No one was offering me a way back to God and to a way to find Truth. Until, I attended a Black and White Ball for the Young Single Adults for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I had been offered many times to attend church there, and to attend Institute at my University but I always said no. For some reason, that day I said yes. Two months later, I was baptized! I had met two wonderful missionaries, who have both served honorable missions and who I am still friends with on Facebook. They gave me wonderful lessons about the Gospel and about Heavenly Father's plan for all of us. I had found the truth I was looking for and everything, EVERYTHING made sense. It felt like I was coming home, and it was a wonderful experience...until I told my family. Things are better with two years between then and now, but the beginning was rough. But I had friends who cared, a guy that was proving very fast that he loved me, and a church family that always asked after me and made sure that I was taken care of. Family and Truth. That's why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I spent my time in my first ward, sharing my talents. As a Musician I played the piano for programs and for our Ward choir, and I sang for a Christmas Party. My callings were to play for the Primary as well as the Ward choir. I did my visiting teaching with some sisters who I became very close with over the year and a half I was there. When I got married, I moved to a whole new ward and I was immediately called into the Primary. Only this time I was not a pianist, this time I was a teacher. I have been spending the past few months teaching the gospel and important principles to the five and six year olds. I love each of these children as if they were my own, and we all have been learning about Heavenly Father's plan for us as well as the commandments that He has given to all of us. I am currently working my way again through the Institute Manual and I am rereading the Book of Mormon. I am only two years in the Church so I am still a baby, and there is a lot I still have to learn. And with being so young in the Church it is very easy to fall into bad habits: not reading my scriptures often, not saying my prayers every morning and night and before meals, and not fully obeying the laws Heavenly Father has for me. However, that's why I married someone who holds me accountable for my actions ( or lack thereof ) and who reminds me to get back on track. We're checks and balances for each other. I live my faith day by day because I am only human and far from perfect. I try not to plan to have the Book of Mormon read in a year or to say my prayers every day or to fast more than just once a month, because we're only human.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Deanna
All Mormons are not required to serve a mission. If we are called by Heavenly Father to serve a mission, then we should obey that call and serve a faithful, and honorable mission. Missionaries generally begin serving a mission when they are 19 - 21 years old. However, many retired seniors, as well as married couples serve missions. Missionaries serve anywhere from 18 months to 2 years, and they are entirely voluntary. No one is forced into the mission field, and they are not paid for their service. Missionaries are called to serve all over the world, not just in an area that they are familiar with. Missionaries are official representatives of the Church and have a great responsibility in teaching those who are searching for the truth. Show more Show less