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Hi I'm Debbie

I grew up in a small town in Montana where I went to school in a two room school house.

About Me

I am a mother. I say that with pride. Not the kind that makes you think you are better than someone else, but the kind that says that what I do makes a difference. However, didn't always feel that way. When I was first starting my family I would tell people that I am "just a mom" when they asked me what I "did". I had hopes and dreams of a career, went to college and then I got married and started having children. It was hard to give up on the thoughts of a career I had worked so hard to train for, but I knew that I wanted to be home with my children. It didn't help that when I went to women's conferences that all the speakers were women with advanced degrees that somehow balanced a career with motherhood. Still, I felt like home was where I needed to be. With the passing of time, I can see the Lord's hand in this. I needed to be a stay at home mom because that is what I needed to grow. A career would have been an easy path for me and Heavenly Father knew that. Motherhood has not been easy. When my first son was born I remember looking at him and feeling like I was just babysitting - no instant bonding, no maternal joy, nothing. I thought, "what it wrong with me". And then the miracles began. As I cared for his every need, I grew to love him more than life itself. I learned that service ties your heart to those you serve. And I have gained an understanding of the love that Heavenly Father must feel for us, because I am a mother.

Why I am a Mormon

My husband of 23 years is in the military and as we have traversed the country the one thing I always have everywhere we go is the church. On one of our moves, within three days of our arrival I ended up in the hospital for three days with an infection in my foot that needed treated with IV antibiotics. My husband was in a residency program that required him to be at work at 6:00am and he was often not home until 7:00pm. The women at church took care of my children, washed their clothes, and fed my family until I was out of the hospital. I will forever be grateful. Above and beyond the social part of the church, I am a member because I have had countless little witnesses that the fulness of the gospel is only found within the Church of Jesus of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The peace that I have in knowing that families are forever, that Heavenly Father loves me and will guide my life if I let Him, and that He does hear and will answer prayers is such a blessing in my life. I would never trade that peace for anything.

How I live my faith

I serve in the church as the Primary President. Each Sunday I have the opportunity to work with children ages 3-12. Their enthusiasm for life and for learning of Christ is contagious. I love hearing them pray. I love hearing them sing songs that testify of Christ. I love their loving hearts. The more I am around them the stronger my testimony grows. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is simple. Heavenly Father Loves you. Lovee him and keep His commandments and he will lead and guide your life. Now that all my children are in school I have the freedom to volunteer much of my time in my children's schools. I volunteer in my children's classrooms, I participate in the PTO's at their schools and I am also the School Board President. I love being involved and knowing what my kids are doing at school. I also feel that my efforts make the schools stronger and give children greater opportunities to learn and grow. Anytime I am in the schools, I try to treat the children as Christ would if he were there.