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Hi I'm DeAnne

I'm a wife, mother of six, and a professional musician. I'm a lover of the arts, quilting, and flowers. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love to sing and have taught voice and piano on the college level and in my own studio for over 40 years. I have a BA in music and have studied in Europe. I have helped found an opera theatre, sung in Europe and Carnegie Hall, and worked with many talented musicians in the seven states where I have lived. I especially love training a choir from start to a successful performance of some inspiring masterpiece like "Messiah." I have formed many youth choirs so my children have a chance to experience good music. I always encourage my grandchildren (I have 22!) to get involved in learning to play and/or sing, or some other musical activity. I call it "the gift that keeps on giving." I love working with teenagers and helping them learn about music and life. I also love teaching them about who they are, and why they are here, through my knowledge and faith of the Savior..

Why I am a Mormon

I love the teachings of Jesus Christ, and the strong family values that the LDS church espouses. In this world of ever changing values, I appreciate prophets and apostles who teach the truth of Jesus' life and what He did for us through His atonement. I believe God is the "same yesterday, today and forever" and His unchanging truths are taught without apology in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I know that Joseph Smith was called of God to restore Christ's ancient church in our day. I have stood in the "Sacred Grove" in Palmyra, New York many times. At those times the Holy Spirit has borne witness to my soul that Joseph Smith saw what he said he saw there. He truly did see and communicate with God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ! Every place I have lived has had a local congregation of "Mormons." They always become like family and I love that they all believe as I do and practice the same truths as I do. There are congregations just like that throughout the world. I know they believe as I do, and they are also grateful for true guidance from our leaders. It is a great blessing to hear from our general leaders twice a year when we meet in General Conference from Salt Lake City. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir sings and our leaders, both men and women, teach us how to improve our lives and be happier through the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I have always had some "calling" in our church. Callings are assignments given by our leaders to us. I loved teaching early morning seminary in the freezing cold mornings in Buffalo, NY. The students were so inspiring to come so early to learn about Jesus Christ and His gospel. They truly loved starting their day with "putting on the whole armor of God." (See Ephesians 6.) I have seen these kids go out into the mission fields of the world to teach and preach and serve their fellow men. Then I see them come home, get educated, find a wonderful spouse, and become productive citizens of their country, as well as the church. It is a parent's best reward to see their children raising their grandchildren in the church as they take their places as leaders and teachers. In addition to music and teaching opportunities in the church, I have had many leadership responsibilities. The women of the Mormon church have the largest service organization in the world. It is called the Relief Society. I have served several times as the President of local Relief Societies. Every women in the church is working to care for and teach her sisters in this great society. We go out two by two every month and visit our members. We make sure they are temporally and spiritually well. Great good is done by the women of the church throughout the world as we care for each other, and teach each other the Gospel of Jesus Christ. One other service I have loved giving is in the Temples of the Lord that our church builds to bless and teach the saints all over the world. They are sublime places of peace, inspiration, learning and personal revelation. Our church encourages its members to serve in their communities. One of my favorite ways is community choirs and uplifting programs. I have directed many community musical events and love working with these wonderful other volunteers. I have also enjoyed working on fund raising for good causes through local women's service clubs.