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Hi I'm Donna Basting

I love all of God's creations, people, dogs, horses, and the great outdoors. I'm a mother, a grandmother and a Mormon!

About Me

I had wonderful parents, being an only child I was spoiled. My dad, a son of an Iowa farmer came West during the Great Depression to find work. He ended up as a Sergeant on the LAPD plus served 4 years during WWII. My mom was the daughter of a shoe salesman whose route was between LA & Phoenix. They met playing tennis, my favorite sport. After retiring, they moved to Oregon for a simpler life. Unfortunately my Mother passed away when I was 17. Their plan for me was to be the first university graduate in our family so my dad pressed me to leave for college. I did so, reluctantly. A single class I attended, anatomy & physiology changed my life forever. That is where I decided that there had to be a God, the human body is such a miracle. I will explain more later. Working my way through college I secured a job on a lookout tower. I met a firefighter that introduced me to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and His Church. It is the best news I have ever heard. We married and have been blessed with four of the most wonderful children that parents could ever dream of. They have all married wonderful spouses and we are expecting our 14th grandchild in February. Life is good!

Why I am a Mormon

After my mother's death I was studying to become a Phys Ed teacher. In anatomy & physiology class a light turned on in my brain and in my heart. The human body is no accident. It is a gift from a loving God. After this epiphany I began to search for answers. I attended many churches finding good in all; good people, good ideas. And then I was introduced to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. All of the doctrine rang true to my brain and my heart. I admit first being excited about the possibility of an eternal family. When my mother died I was still in the selfish brat stage (17) and I have much to make up for. The Church's "Word of Wisdom" or health code was next as I was also studying health in my major. Then the knowledge that God has sent Prophets and Apostles just like the time when the Savior lived upon this earth. Yes! Why would Heavenly Father favor one people, one generation more than another? He wouldn't! He loves us all the same. There has never been a time in the history of this earth where Divine Guidance through Prophets has been needed more than the winding up scenes of this earth before the advent of His Second Coming. Then, one of my greatest loves is the Book of Mormon. It was preserved for the people who would live in the last days and that is now. It was easy for me to understand being new to reading scripture and I had a witness from the Holy Ghost, the testifyer of all truth, that it is true. I love my Father, the Lord Jesus Christ, The Church of Jesus Christ and this way of life. It is the best part of my life, it is my life. I can look forward to being with my family forever. I cannot think of any people that I would love to share eternity with more then them. I have the hope that we will serve closely with special friends, too. That is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I love to study, especially the scriptures. I make it a point to have a study hall every day. I pray as an individual and we kneel in family prayer. I love to attend church. We have no paid ministry so it is the responsibility for each member to take turns researching and preparing doctrinal talks for Sunday. This is a challenge and stretches me to learn more and more. We are blessed to participate in the ordinance of the Sacrament each Sunday where I can hand over my sins to God and start fresh each week trying to improve myself. Our Church is run completely by volunteer help. I have had the privilege to serve in many capacities which has been more educational than university. I especially love serving with the youth. My favorite calling has been the Seminary program where I taught for 11 years. Seminary is held every school day at 6:30 a.m. All high school students gather to study the Bible, one year on the Old Testament, one year on the New Testament, one year on the Book of Mormon and one year on the Doctrine & Covenants plus Church History. Young people are bright, spiritual and engaging. We learned together and those were the best years of my life. I needed to give something back to my Father for blessing my life in such abundance so I am currently serving a full-time mission with my husband. We are in Canada, a beautiful, friendly part of the world.