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Hi I'm Debra Harris

I live in southern California. I am married and teach Kindergarten. I have been a member of the church for 40 years.

About Me

I was introduced to the Church when I was 12 years old. My mother was a member and my father was not. After taking the missionary lessons, my father, sister and I were baptized. I served a mission in Spain later and learned to love the people there. I graduated from college and became a teacher. Presently, I teach Kindergarten with a passion. I got married at age 42 to a wonderful LDS man. We don't have any of our own children, but I have a chance to love hundreds of children and be an influence for good in their lives. I feel my mission in life is to let all children within my sphere of influence know that they are loved and have divinity within them. My husband and I love to hike and enjoy the beautiful creations of Our Heavenly Father. I love animals, especially dogs. My husband and I plan to serve a mission together when we retire.

Why I am a Mormon

The first Sunday I stepped inside a Mormon Church, I felt I was home. Peace came to my soul and I began a path that would take me home to my Heavenly Father someday. My testimony of the reality of a loving Father in Heaven has grown deeper and stronger through these 40 years since I entered the waters of baptism. I know that my brother, Jesus Christ, came to the earth, to redeem us and show us the way to live a happy life and then return to our Heavenly Father. I have been so blessed in my life. Even in those dark moments, when I have struggled, I NEVER felt alone or forgotten by Him. I have confidence and faith that He will always be there for me. I strive everyday to make choices that will honor my Heavenly Father and brother, Jesus Christ. I look forward to the day when we can embrace and I pray He will say, "Well done! Come home!" Until then, I try always to be His hands and say and do what He would say and do to uplift, comfort, strengthen, and edify others. For I know when I am in the service of my fellow man, I am serving my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. The gospel of Jesus Christ teaches me how to have joy in a world of chaos and confusion. My existence has direction and purpose. I am happy beyond measure being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. You too can feel this joy and happiness. Ask Him and then listen to your heart. He will answer your prayers.

How I live my faith

I have served in many callings in the Church. I received my first "calling" when I was 19 years old, to teach the 7 year olds in the Primary (children's organization). Since then, I have taught many different ages, as well as being the music chorister in Primary, a cub scout leader and a counselor in the Ward and Stake Primary Presidency. In the Young Women's organization, I served as a leader at Girl's camp for several years. This calling gave me the opportunity to associate with LDS women who had amazing testimonies! These women were incredible role models for me. One year, I taught early morning seminary. Our course of study was the New Testament and I was able to share my testimony of the Savior on a daily basis with the High School Juniors I taught. I have served also as a Ward Relief Society counselor and as President. Presently, my husband and I work as advisors to the mid-single (30-50 years old) members and help them to plan and execute activities for them to strengthen and forge new friendships. Many times I have been called to serve in positions where I felt inadequate, but I have always accepted the ivitation and trusted in my Heavenly Father to teach me and guide me. He knows me better than I know myself. I have loved every opportunity to serve and have tried to serve with all my heart.