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Hi I'm Debra

I grew up in Southern California. I have 5 sons and a daughter. I'm a mother, grandmother and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I put aside many of my aspirations to be a full-time mom. Being a mother and grandmother has been an adventure. We enjoy the outdoors and have fun together boating, body surfing and bobbing in the ocean whenever we get the chance. We have experienced joy and disappointment as our sons and daughter played on volleyball and basketball teams and watched our favorite college teams, there have been A's on report cards and years spent helping a son with language impairment survive academically, socially and emotionally. I enjoy talking to my sons about finance, their professions and politics. My daughter and daughter-in-laws believe that "cute" matters at a family get together. I have also felt sadness and worry when my daughter suffered a severe digestive illness during her High School years as she slowly spent more of her days ill in bed, missing out on school activities and friendships. We own our own business and have had times of plenty and plenty of times we had to sharpen our pencil and use an eraser on our budget. I have been fortunate that throughout my adventure I have had the blessings of the gospel and I have been surrounded with friends and family who have cheered with us and wept with us.

Why I am a Mormon

I have always been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. All the ancestors of my father and mother joined the church not long after it was organized. As I have read many of my ancestors histories, and observed the lives of my parents, grandparents and other family members I have seen how the church has been a tremendous help to them as they raised their families and faced their challenges in life. Prayer and reading the scriptures have given me strength, increased by faith and I have experienced divine intervention. My membership in the church has also provided me with additional resources such as: the gift of the Holy Ghost, the blessings of the temple, the advice of a prophet and apostles, and the understanding of how through the sacrifice and grace of my Savior Jesus Christ my sins can be forgiven. My father and husband have used the power of the priesthood to give blessings of healing and comfort to myself and our children. The doctrines of the church have also taught me how I can be connected to my ancestors, and continue my relationship with my family after death, how living the commandments help me avoid much of the pain and sorrow in this life and how we are all children of our Heavenly Father and therefore brothers and sisters, so we should treat each other with kindness. The beliefs and practices of the church have brought me closer to my family, increased by faith, given me strength and comfort during hard times, helped me treat others with respect, and brought me closer to God and Jesus Christ. Why wouldn't I want to be a Mormon?

How I live my faith

As I have taught lessons and given talks to the youth and adults in our church I have shared many of our trials and how our faith has given us comfort, hope and direction in handling our trials. I think by sharing our experiences it has given hope to others who are going through hard times also.