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Hi I'm Deborah

I'm a Mormon, and I am proud of my faith.

About Me

I am a post-graduate student *this close* to earning my PhD in educational psychology. That is my career right now as I am recently disabled. Prior to becoming disabled, I was a financial aid director. I loved being able to help students achieve their dream of getting an education. When I'm able, I hold financial aid Q&A sessions at my local library. I am a wife. My husband and I came from two different parts of the country and met shortly after 9/11. We've now been married for ten years, and I have a beautiful step-daughter that we have every weekend. We are unable to have children due to some of my health issues. We have exhausted fertility treatments and have decided to enjoy parenting my husband's daughter in the best way we know how. I am a writer. I have written poetry and prose from grammar school forward. I now use my writing skills both scholarly and non-scholarly as a free-lance writer. I have written press releases for online radio stations and independent artists, website content, and artist profiles/album reviews for various online news outlets.

Why I am a Mormon

I walked away from the church (non-denominational christianity) shortly after meeting my husband. He was not a christian, and I was shunned by christian friends for my choice to date him and subsequently marry him. My husband wanted nothing to do with the church, and I felt uncomfortable attending alone. I finally decided to stop attending church because I couldn't deal with the judgmental opinions of those christians around me. In fact, at one point, I told a friend I would only return to church if my husband brought me, and until recently, he wanted nothing to do with christianity. For the past four years, we have been struggling physically, emotionally, and financially. We had each other for support, but we recognized we needed more. When the LDS missionaries came to our house, my husband did something so uncharacteristic of him, I wouldn't have believed it had I not witnessed it. He invited them to discuss their church and why they had chosen the mormon faith. I had some knowledge of the mormon faith, but none of it was positive. After a few solo meetings with the missionaries, I joined my husband to learn more about mormonism. I quickly learned that everything I had learned before about the faith was false. These were christians. They believed in the atoning blood of Jesus Christ. They believed that you had to have a personal relationship with Jesus, and that it is only by grace that you can be saved. What's more, they were fervent about service. They lived by the words of James 2, that faith without works was not faith at all. Before we even joined the church, members of the church were serving us by spending time with us and helping us with outside chores. The church was aware of our difficulties and made every effort to assist us. I had rides to the doctor, meals for my husband when I was in the hospital, invitations to dinner at least every other week from other members of the church, and true unconditional love from every member of the church.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by studying the Bible and the Book of Mormon. We believe that the Bible is one witness of the foundation of our faith and the subsequent death and resurrection of Christ that allows us to return to the Heavenly fath. The book of Mormon is a second witness which specifically teaches us how others were able to learn from Jesus after his death and resurrection. I have found many of the teachings of the Bible's New Testament repeated and reinforced through the Book of Mormon, so I enjoy reading the stories. I also regularly attend Humanitarian, a service based group that meets weekly. The group serves to meets the needs of our local community as well as the world. I haven't yet become a proficient seamstress, but one of my favorite activities is creating colorful folders that teach children of any language how to count and recognize colors.