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Hi I'm Denise

I'm a Mormon. I grew up in Virginia, now I am a college professor in North Carolina. I am and try to be an authentic Mormon!

About Me

I was born in central Virginia in the United States, near the Blue Ridge Mountains. I went to Brigham Young University and got my Bachelor's and Masters degrees there in Audiology (hearing science). When I finished school, I moved to Amarillo, Texas and worked at Texas Tech University, testing the hearing of newborn babies. I went back to school and got my PhD at the University of Virginia. Today, I am an Associate Professor at UNCG and Director of our Doctoral Studies program. I love being a teacher and I love working in the clinic with adults with hearing loss. So, by day, I am a scientist and scholar. On my own time, I love to read, to sing, to grow roses, to make jewelry, and to write mystery novels. I am single.

Why I am a Mormon

I found the Church when I was 15 years old. It is a remarkable story. Mormon missionaries came through Virginia at the turn of the 20th Century, and in 1902 my Great Grandmother Louella St. John Dameron let the traveling missionaries into her home. When hearing that her youngest child was sick, the elders gave that baby, my Grandmother Lillian Ruth Dameron a blessing and healed her. The missionaries left a copy of the Book of Mormon with Louella, and Louella insisted that that book always remain in the family. Many years later, in 1971, I heard about the Church and asked my grandmother about it. She took me by the hand and led me up upstairs to a guest bedroom in her house. She showed me an old cardboard box filled with books. She pulled out the Book of Mormon and said, "Here. You can have this." Over the next 8 months I read a little from the Book of Mormon each night before I went to bed. Although I did not understand much of what I read on my own, the Holy Ghost bore witness to me the Book of Mormon was true and that I had to join the Church. My wonderful parents gave me permission to have the missionary discussions and I was baptized 3 months later in June, 1972. It's been almost 40 years since the day I joined the Church, and my testimony of the Book of Mormon is still strong. I know The Book of Mormon is true. Being a Mormon has helped me further my education, kept me safe from the ills of modern society, and has given me a great love for my Heavenly Father and the Savior Jesus Christ. Being a Mormon has given me countless, wonderful friends, true brothers and sisters in the gospel, that have loved me and cared for me. There is great love for all inside our Church.

How I live my faith

I believe in the phrase, "Keep it Simple." So I try to focus on the basics--read the scriptures each day, pray each day, and go to Church each week. Keep the commandments--Tithing, Word of Wisdom (our law of health), and the law of chastity. Be clean. Be true. I also focus on trying to be real, to be honest, and to be kind. In an ever darkening world that is so critical and harsh, I love our Lord's example of kindness and His tender mercy towards His disciples. Being a single woman in the LDS Church can be hard, but I believe being single outside the Church would be even harder. I know the Lord has blessings in store for me, and all I have to do is endure to the end and prove loyal to Him. I believe loyalty, commitment to the Lord and His gospel, is the hallmark of true discipleship. I also practice gratitude. When faced with adversity, counting my blessings is a great way to live my faith.

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

The Mormon Church has a great history and doctrine in terms of women. Mormon women were organized into their own program, called Relief Society, in 1942, and in their organization women hold executive offices, called presidencies. In the early days of the Church in the United States, in Utah, Mormon women were encouraged to get college educations, own and operate small businesses, and were given the right to vote many decades before the US laws gave women that right. In the most important organization in the Church, the family, women are equal partners with their husbands. In the Church overall, men officiate in the day to day operation of the Church, but in our sacred temples, women do work and officiate in sacred priesthood ordinances. Show more Show less