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Hi I'm Dessa

I grew up a U.S. Air Force brat enjoying other cultures and people. Now I have a Filipino American family. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a mom who tries to stay home as much as possible. I have my own mobile massage business and an ice cream recipe website. I experiment and create my own ice cream recipes. It's so fun! But, my greatest recipe for success and happiness is my family. I have 6 beautiful Eurasian children. (I'm Caucasian and my husband is Filipino). Here's what we deal with regularly: 5 of the 6 children have had asthma since infancy and 1 has severe food allergies -wheat, oats, dairy, eggs, nuts, beef, etc . (This is why I am self employed...complete control of when I work.) Consequently, we stay indoors a lot, enjoy watching and quoting movies, and eat a lot of rice and potatoes. I always feel like I'm spinning plates trying to keep everyone healthy and alive. I'm also a little crazy at times, feel like I live in our van, and don't get quite enough sleep, but... I guess it's working. We are a very musical family. I love to sing as does most of the family. Some of our girls have been in school and church choirs for years. Our youngest children are getting ready to be in their first musical, Les Miserables. My husband is a classical pianist and does salon concerts when he's not at his regular job. One daughter also plays and composes piano/guitar music. Another is learning viola at school and plays in our local community Jr. Symphony. Our house is always full of music!

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in an L.D.S. family. However, my parents were converts to the church. My mom's family were taught and baptized by the missionaries when she was 9 years old. Later, she met a young Airman, my dad. After he joined the church, they got married, went to Germany, and started to raise a family in the gospel. Yes, I've had the gospel my whole life. But, there was a time that I had to decide for myself if this was all true. Our family had stopped going to church for a short time, and it was long enough to get really distracted and off course. I think I had always believed it was true, but it wasn't until I was 14 and reading the Book of Mormon cover to cover for the first time and praying about it, that I really knew it was true. It changed my life! Suddenly, I had a desire to do and become everything that Heavenly Father wanted me to do and become. I went back to church and have been attending ever since. It was one of the best decisions I've ever made.

How I live my faith

Currently, I have two responsibilities at church. I'm the chorister for our congregation and I am a nursery leader for children 18mo. to 3 yrs. As chorister, when I'm not leading a hymn, I get to sit in front of the whole congregation and look at everyone each week - to see who's there and notice when people are missing. I love seeing the interaction between family members. It's also nice to be with the little ones each sunday since my youngest 2 will be teenagers before I know it. It may sound funny, but I really like it when the nursery kids cry because I get to hold them and console them.

What do Mormons believe about family?

Families are so important to Mormons. We believe that families can be together forever. The happiness we have with our families right now doesn't have to end when we die or when we lose a loved one. Those relationships can last and grow beyond death. Families can be sealed together for eternity in the temple. I have lost very close relatives in the past 15 years that I am sure I will be able to see again. I'm not worried about where they are or if they are okay. I know they are eagerly waiting to be reunited with the rest of us. This gives me peace, hope, and determination to keep our family strong and faithful in living the gospel of Jesus Christ. I know that teaching and raising my family is the most important work I will ever do. Show more Show less