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Hi I'm Dawn

I'm a "retired" English and Math teacher whose husband is a chiropractor. We have six children. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the 5th of 6 children, and although I am technically an Army "brat," I only moved 2 times before my father retired, and we moved to his resident state of Louisiana. I finished high school and while waiting for my future husband to return from his mission, began college. Upon his return, we were married and both of us continued and completed college there. After three years of teaching and having our first child, we moved to Indiana. We moved to Missouri to further my husband's education and then back to Indiana when he was done. We moved around a lot due to job changes and illness, spending a year in Louisiana for recovery. Over the next several years, we welcomed 5 more children into our family. I homeschooled our children for several years, but now they attend a montessori school I am a nature enthusiast, enjoying camping, gardening and days at the lake. I truly feel the presence of the Lord in nature, believing, as the old adage says, "The outside of a horse is good for the inside of a man." Our home is full of animals, and I am guilty of leaving housework for another day to spend it outdoors at the park. I also enjoy reading anything from self help and inspirational to fantasy and science fiction. I somehow make time for crocheting and doing crafts. Most of my time, free or otherwise, is dedicated to my husband, my children and my home.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents joined the church before I was born, so I grew up in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. There have been many events in my life that helped me learn that the Lord was there for me individually. When I was 13 I was in a car accident that caused me to question God's love for me for the first time. Through this early trial, I learned that Heavenly Father loves each of us and sends people into our lives that touch and help us when we need them. The first time I knew for myself that this was the full gospel on the earth was during my junior year in high school and I read about the people in the Book of Mormon in Ether. I felt the Spirit as I read about the Jaredites and their belief in the Lord. My testimony began then and has helped me through many trials since then, including two separate life-threatening illnesses with my husband, personal severe depression and another car accident involving our whole sweet family. Following each of these trials, looking back, I know that my Savior was there supporting me the entire time. In a lot of ways, I am a Mormon because it makes sense. Being a Mormon gives me hope and strength to live life in these trying times. I know that I could not raise my family in today's world without that. I am extremely grateful to the Lord for the strength the Gospel brings to my life. Knowing that our family can be together forever and that forgiveness is real in my life allows me to continue day to day. I am proud to be a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I have served at church in many ways including teaching classes in the children's organization, playing the piano and being the director of girl's camp for the summer, one of my favorite things to do. I'll be returning to camp this year as the music director. I sing in our choir and find great joy in sharing the Gospel through music. Currently, I am the den leader for our Cub Scout Pack, both wolves and bears. I also teach a class about Marriage and Family with my husband to help couples and families learn to put the Savior first in their lives and keep them strong. I enjoy serving in the community and at church. It is very fulfilling to teach my children about the joys of serving and doing a 100% job for the Lord. We have our calendar full, but have fun as we learn and grow and serve.