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Hi I'm Dona

I'm a Webelos Cub Scout Leader, a mom, and I love to be with people. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have many hobbies and interests, not all included here. I garden, read, crochet (snowflakes & doilies), and love to spend time with my family--especially my grandchildren. During the summer, I help take care of my father's garden. We plant, weed, and harvest it. I am amazed at the wonderful things that my dad can do with some seed, dirt, sunshine, rain, loving care, and knowledge of how to grow things. My brothers and sister and I are able to "put up" or can most of the stuff that he grows in his garden. We have home-grown vegetables all year long. I graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Recreation Education. When I tell my students at the high school that my areas of emphasis were: "camping, dancing, sports, and parties", they all want to have a major like that. With my education, I have been able to use it with my family, church, and work. Having "good clean fun" is the best thing around. The good/fun times that you spend together as a family today are making the memories of tomorrow. Spending time with family is the one thing that I enjoy most. Watching your children grow into great young men and women with families of their own is great reward.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up as a member of the church and have learned many things along the way. Everyone has their share of trials and disappointments, but believing the way I do has helped me get through them. Being a member of the church does not mean that we won't have any trials, disappointments, or sorrows. Several years ago, I went through a really rough time in my life. Several major life-changing things happened not only to me but to my parents, brothers and sisters. I was diagnosed with depression, and had a sibling die from cancer and I had to work through all of that. It was hard and very difficult; but I had the support of a wonderful caring family and a loving Heavenly Father. This means that because of my beliefs I can call on my Father in Heaven in prayer each day and He will help me. I can tell Him what is going on in my life and He understands. I can at anytime, that I need to or want to, turn to my scriptures and find answers to the questions that I have. Listening to the guidance of our living prophet and apostles helps me to make decisions in the ever-changing values and condidtions going on in our world today. Because of these sources of guidance and support, plus the examples of my parents, I have been able to see myself as a daughter of God and know that He loves me. I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (the Mormons) because I know that it true. I know He lives. It is that simple.

How I live my faith

Each day we are given an alloted amount of time to use--24 hours, no more-no less. How we use that time defines who we are. As mothers and caregivers of children of the world; we mold and teach these children what is important, how to act, and what is meant to be a good person. We teach them the things that they need to know to become responsible, hard working, and caring adults. Because I feel that this is so important, I work with the Webelos Scouts. We meet each week and talk about honesty, responsibility, reverence, kindess, and bravery. We also paint, swim, learn first aid, laugh, and talk about how to treat others and being a good citizen. These young men (and women) are the leaders of tomorrow. I also spend some of my teaching the women in my area gospel principles, such as: "love thy neighbor, forgiveness, prayer, and staying on the Lord's side of the line." We also talk about "Where did I come from? Where am I going? Where to do I go from here?" Sometimes we get pretty spirited in our discussions, but we all care about each and share our thoughts in a positive way. But I think what I like doing most is visiting my neighbors and friends in the neighborhood. I have the opportunity to visit/contact six wonderful women each month. We also email, text, and talk several times a month. We talk, laugh, share ideas, and friendship. We talk about gospel principles, our thoughts about the world, and concerns/joys about our children and many other things. Because of knowing the people in my neighborhood, I have come to care about them. It it much easier to take a casserole in, or babysit someone's children, or take a friend to the hospital for medical tests when you know and care about them. "Never suppress a generous thought and act upon it" is one of the thoughts that helps define who I am. That is what the gospel is about: serving your fellowmen. Service is just loving your neighbor as the Savior would and helping make their life easier.