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Hi I'm Debbie

I am a mom, wife, daughter, sister, and friend. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a stay at home mom and loving it!! I have 3 precious children and a wonderful husband. I love blogging, scrapbooking, cardmaking, crafts, reading, reading to my kids with them snuggled in my lap and just being with family. I graduated from college with a BS in Marriage, Family and Human Development. I love life!!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a very active Mormon family to parents who truly loved the Lord and taught me both through words and through example to follow him. As I grew up I knew that I needed to learn for myself that the gospel was true, I believed in it and loved it and wanted it to be true. I was reading the Book of Mormon and decided to kneel down and pray about the things which I had read. Shortly thereafter I received a warm, comforting, and peaceful feeling and I just knew that it was true. And that was it. I knew that this was the Lord's church and have never doubted. I do have a testimony of this church, I know my Savior lives and loves me. I know that we have a living prophet here on the earth today. The spirit bears testimony of this to me each and every time I hear him speak. I am so thankful to be a member of this church has it has brought me true happiness throughout my life. I love the Lord and love to serve Him.

How I live my faith

Throughout my life I have served in many different positions in the church. As a teenager I had the opportunity to serve in a leadership position over my youth group and this gave me some valuable leadership skills. Since becoming an adult I have served in organization that provide service to those in need such as bringing meals to someone who is sick or a visit to someone who is lonely. I have worked many years with the children, teaching them the gospel. This is the position that I have held the most and I love the opportunity to teach them and to feel their sweet spirits. I have also had the opportunity to teach a youth Sunday school class which I loved. I have planned monthly activities for the women in our ward to participate in. I also serve as a visiting teacher which is a program where I visit a few sisters in their homes each month to help ensure that there needs are being met. I have also worked in our ward's library making sure that teachers and other ward members have all their needed supplies.

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

Debbie
The prophet today is President Thomas S. Monson. He has been called of God to lead the church. He has two counselors (or assistants) and they are Henry B. Eyring and Dieter F. Uctdorf. The three of them are called the First presidency. They are also assisted by the 12 apostles. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Debbie
No we do not worship Joseph Smith. We revere him as a prophet and as a man of God but do not worship him. We worship our Father in Heaven and our lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The prophet is a servant of the lord who helps us to kow what the Lord would have us do. Show more Show less

What is the Law of Chastity?

Debbie
The Law of Chastity means that we do not have sexual relations prior to marriage and once we are married we only have them with our spouse. It is a very special gift that God has given us and is only to be used in the way that He wants us to. By keeping the law of chastity we are kept safe from certain illnesses, we have respect for ourselves and for others. By sharing this only with our spouse it helps to deepen our relationships with each other. Show more Show less

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

Debbie
Plural marriage was not a new practice when early members of the church practiced it. Several of the biblical prophets had more than one wife (Abraham, Issac, Jacob. and several more). At various points in history the Lord has issued the commandment of plural marriage. The plural marriage is only righteous if the Lord commands it. The prophet Joseph Smith received the commandment to pratice plural marriage as well as some other church members. Only those that were commnded of the Lord practiced it, not every member of the church did. The 4th prophet Wilford Woodruff received the revelation to discontinue the practice and currently marriage is to be between one man and one woman. Show more Show less

What is the First Vision?

Debbie
When Joseph Smith was a young 14 year old boy he really wanted to find out which church was true and was confused because there were so many. One night he was reading the Bible and came across James chapt 1 vs 5 which read "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given Him". So he decided to do as the bible suggested and ask God. Early in the morning he went into a grove of trees near his home and knelt down to pray. In answer to his prayer he saw and pillar of light and two personages. One of them called him by his name and pointed to the other and said "This is my beloved son. Hear Him!" Jesus Christ then told Joseph that none of the churches on the earth contained the fulness of his gospel. He told Joseph that through him the true church would be established upon the earth once more. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Debbie
Missionary work is very important in the church. We feel that we have been given the gift of the gospel and because of our love for others we want to share it with them. However, serving a fulltime mission is not required. Those that do serve do so volunarily and they pay their own way if possible. They are called to various places in the world and learn the language and customs of those whom they serve. Men can go at 19 and women if they choose to go wait until they are 21. When they are on missions, they are completely committed to sharing the gospel and serving other people. They also represent the church. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Debbie
We believe that grace is essential; we cannot be saved without it. This is because no one is perfect and everyone will sin from time to time. Because we must be completely without sin to be in presence of God we would have no hope. This is where grace comes in. Jesus Christ, who was the only one to live on earth without sin, willingly suffered for our sins. This makes it possible for us to repent and be clean once more. If Christ had not done that, repentance would not be possible and we would all be lost. Because of His great love for us, our Father in Heaven provided a Savior, which is Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ was both willing and able to do this and He did it out of his great love for each and every one of us. Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Debbie
Mormon women are women just like any other. A lot of emphasis is placed on motherhood since families are so important. We are nurturers, teachers and protectors. We are equal to men in every way. Both men and women are an important part of His plan. The creation of the earth was not complete until woman had been created. Husbands and wives are equal partners, we stand side by side and and lead our families. We both take care of and love children and we are one in purpose. We are taught to love each other and to respect each other. Show more Show less

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Debbie
Families are essential part of God's plan. We absolutely believe that we can be with our families forever! The atonement of Jesus Christ makes this possible. That is why we have temples, within them husband and wife can be married for eternity and have their children sealed to them forever. Not even death can separate them. In fact, that is one of the main missions of our church is to help families live in such a way that they can be together forever! Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Debbie
No, we do not. Those who do are not members of the church. While some of the early members of the church were commanded to practice plural marriage that was discontinued in 1890 when Wilford Woodruff who was the prophet at the time. Currently we believe that marriage should be between one man and one woman. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Debbie
We believe that temples are holy places. They are located throughout the world to give members easy access. Prior to the temple being dedicated an open house is held and this is an opportunity for anyone to walk through the temple. Once it has been dedicated hwever, only members who have been baptized and live their lives in such a way to be worthy can enter. The ordinances that occur are not so much secret as they are sacred. Inside the temple members receive instruction, receive ordinaces (such as eternal marriages and sealing families together), and performing these ordiances for the dead who did not have a chance to accept the gospel during their lifetime. Show more Show less

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

Debbie
No, there are no race or color restrictions concerning who can join the church. We are all God's children and he loves us all therefore any worthy person will receive all blessings that the Lord has in store. Every worthy man in the church can hold the priesthood. Show more Show less

What is the Relief Society?

Debbie
The Relief Society is the an organization for women that we start attending it when we turn 18. The program gives us opportunities to help, serve and love each other. It also helps to strengthen our faith, help us learn new skills, become more self reliant and above all else to strengthen our families. Show more Show less

What is the Church’s position on abortion?

Debbie
The church believes in the sanctity of life and therefore is opposed abortion except in cases where the mother's life is endangered or in cases of rape. Even in these cases they should pray about it and council with their local priesthood authority before deciding. Show more Show less