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Hi I'm Debbie

I grew up in Southern California. I am a writer in the nutrition and medical field. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a freelance writer who enjoys researching and writing about health-related topics. I live in Georgia with my husband, Carl. We moved here from Southern California in January of 2010, and although it's quite different from where we came, we love the scenery and the people. We have found most to be very hospitable and friendly and they will wave when you go by, even though you don't know them. Georgia is very pretty with lots of southern pine trees, beautiful lakes, and low rolling hills. Here there are colorful birds that are not native to California, like blue jays and cardinals. This part of our little world is very lovely and we feel very blessed to experience it. However, just like most people, I have had my share of challenges. I went through a divorce and was single for more than 30 years. The good news is, I eventually met Carl and he and I were married for time and all eternity in the Newport Beach LDS Temple on February 14, 2009.

Why I am a Mormon

My mother converted to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as a single mom when I was small, and a little later married a wonderful man in the Los Angeles LDS Temple. Through the years, I have gained a testimony that Heavenly Father hears and answers prayers and is there for me, through good times and bad. I have come to realize the significance of the Atonement of my Savior, Jesus Christ, who suffered and died for my sins. Although I can’t comprehend the agony He endured in the Garden of Gethsemane and on the cross, I am eternally grateful that He made it possible for me to repent and progress. I am grateful for the young boy who prayed in a grove of trees to know which church was right and saw, in vision, Jesus Christ standing at the right-hand of God, the Father. Joseph Smith endured great persecution and suffering (and was later martyred) for restoring the true gospel of Jesus Christ once again to the earth with all its former keys, doctrines, and principles. I am thankful for the knowledge the fullness of the gospel gives me of where I came from, why am here, and where I am going when this mortal life ends. I am grateful for a modern-day prophet and twelve apostles that lead and guide us in the paths of righteousness. As such, I sincerely bear testimony that the restored gospel of Jesus Christ is on the earth now. Some trivia for the curious: "Mormon" is just a nickname. As in New Testament times, today members of the Church are called "saints." This is the Church of Jesus Christ in "latter days," hence "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints." In closing, I'd like to share one of my favorite scriptures from the Book of Mormon, found in 2 Nephi 31:20: "Wherefore, ye must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men. Wherefore, if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and endure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father: ye shall have eternal life."

How I live my faith

I teach a wonderful Sunday School class of 16- and 17-year-olds and have taught the same group since they were 14 and 15 years of age. We have studied the Old Testament, the New Testament, the Book of Mormon, and other canons of scripture. I also create the weekly program for our Sunday worship services. I participate in various activities and try to help whenever there is a need, like visiting and talking to those who need a listening ear or a helping hand. I have a soft spot in my heart for people going through hard times and recently Carl and I took a box of food to a couple across town who had advertised on craigslist that they were very hungry. We found out that they truly didn't have anything to eat except some milk and hot dogs that someone else had brought them a few days before. They were disabled and didn't have transportation, which had compounded the gravity of their situation. Beside food and some toiletries, we gave them a card from our church that had a picture of Jesus on one side and on one the other side a toll-free number they could call to get a free DVD of the life of Jesus Christ titled "The Lamb of God."