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Hi I'm Debbie.

I am a wife, mother, and grandmother. I love to read. I collect lighthouses. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

As a youngster, going to school, I could always be found in the library reading a book. Nothing has changed. You can still find me in the library as I have been working for our town library for over 25 years. I love my hometown. It is small and rural. I always tell people that I am fortunate to live here as the mountains are my backyard and the ocean is my front yard. My hobbies include reading, of course, and puzzles, and collecting lighthouses, and beach combing. I have 4 grandchildren who live nearby with whom I like to spend time.

Why I am a Mormon

It still amazes me today when I think of how I was converted. I grew up in a Pentecostal church. Like many youth, I fell away from the church of my youth in my early 20's. In my early 30s my husband passed away. My two children were 3 yrs. & 13yrs at the time. Because of my upbringing I would never allow Mormon missionaries at my door. But one day I met someone in a dating situation. That person asked me to go to church with him. He was Mormon. The first time I attended the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was on a Fast and Testimony meeting. I remember sitting there in the pew listening to members share their testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and feeling that my life had come full circle and I had reconnected with the spirit that I had recognized in my life during my early years....I felt as if I had come home. I spent the next 6 months investigating the church. I went to activities. I attended church and went to a gospel principles class. My parents were not happy with my decision to attend the Church of Jesus Christ. I remember my dad asking me to pray about it. I did. I knew the restored gospel was true and I needed to be baptized. I have now been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints for over 18 years! Every Sunday as I take the sacrament I am reminded of why I am on this earth, of why I am a member of this church. I am grateful to my Heavenly Father that he loves us so much that he would sacrifice His son, that He would give us the scriptures, both the Bible & the Book of Mormon because He wants us to return to Him. My favorite scripture is Moses 1:39 -"For behold, this is my work and my glory - to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man." To me this scripture encapsulates what the gospel is all about. It answers the question of why I am here, why I go through the trials I do, and reminds me that Heavenly Father is on my side and will never leave me.

How I live my faith

I know it is a cliche but like many things in life, faith is best lived day by day, one day at at a time. Our prophets admonish His people to read the scriptures daily, to communicate through prayer with our Heavenly Father, on a daily basis. One of the things I love about my church is how it gives me so many opportunities to exercise my faith. I have opportunities to give talks in church, to teach classes. Currently, I am helping in a children's Sunday School class by team teaching. I also sometimes teach gospel lessons in a class for the ladies of the church. I also have participated through church opportunities to reach out to the community. One of my favorite service projects is helping to host a dinner through a local church that helps to feed those who are homeless. The dinner takes place every Friday night. All the different churches and organizations in the area take turns hosting this dinner. We prepare the food, cook the food, serve the food, and clean up afterwards. I appreciate that my church encourages me to actively live my faith and provides opportunities for me to do so.