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Hi I'm Debbie

I'm a mom and housewife in the Midwest and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've been having fun raising 5 kids with my husband for the last 25 years. We've moved several times and now enjoy a peaceful life in a quiet, small town. I enjoy reading, cooking and gardening. I also love following politics and current events. I volunteer in organizations that I think make a difference in our community - cub scouts, academic foundations and teaching abstinence-only classes in our schools. I like traveling with my family and my parents, who also live with us. My parents joined the church when I was young so I have vague memories of another church but I really consider myself to be a lifelong Latter-Day Saint. None of my extended family are members but I hope one day they will wonder enough to ask what it's all about.

Why I am a Mormon

The most amazing thing about our church is the ongoing modern revelation. With wisdom from scripture and inspired words from prophets today, I can learn what the Lord wants for me in any aspect of life. Noah and Paul gave direction designed specifically for the people of their time. So does our prophet, Thomas S. Monson. If I have a question about life, I can search the Bible or Book of Mormon to read what God told his prophets of old. I can also read what God has taught through righteous men who live in my time, who have the same challenges I face and who have the same Priesthood that Jesus himself had. I can get direction about anything - teaching my children, improving my scripture study, even help with financial matters. I know that when young Joseph Smith decided that the best way to find out which church was true was praying, he received an answer from God himself, with Jesus Christ standing beside. I may not see God when I get an answer to prayer, but I know that He will hear my prayer and answer in his own time. That is personal revelation just for me. I love being a Mormon because I know God's wish for his children is to be happy and the church shows me how this is possible. God's Plan of Salvation is the outline for us to follow to find true happiness. He wants us to come to earth into a loving family who will teach us the Gospel of Christ. We need to follow God's commandments, serve our neighbors and make covenants with Him that will cement our family ties into permanent relationships. He means for our families to last forever. None of us are perfect or have perfect families. Through faith, repentance and obedience, we can improve ourselves and those around us. A loving Father wants us to learn the truth, then strive to follow it. One day I will stand before Him to be judged. I will be responsible for my own salvation. But while I am here - I will work together with those I love so we can be together forever in heaven.

How I live my faith

Living in a small community in the Midwest means having a very small congregation at church. There are few adults and the Mormon church is a very hands-on kind of operation. There are so few of us to do all of the jobs in our church that we all work very hard to get them done! There are no paid clergy in the church and each member has a job to do. Over the years I have done just about all of them - teach children's Sunday School, Young Women classes and lessons in the women's organization. The ladies in our church are very close and we frequently babysit and provide other services for each other. Right now I teach a weekly Bible study to the high school students in our area. I have only 2 students and one is my son- but I love it! It is a fairly intense study of the New Testament and I have to put quite a bit of effort into my preparation so it helps me learn more about Christ and his life and teachings. It is good for me and my spirit. Our community is full of good people with good values. Even though most of my neighbors and friends are not members of our church, they are open to conversations about my beliefs and perspectives on life. I hope that each day, my actions set a good example of what a Latter-Day Saint and Christian should be. My second son is now on a mission, following in the footsteps of his older brother. Our family has definitely been blessed for the sacrifices made while both boys have been gone from home.