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Hi I'm Donna

Married my best friend 27 years ago, have 2 sons, a beautiful daughter in law and 2 gorgeous grandsons. I am a Mormon

About Me

I enjoy spending time with people. It fascinates me how people deal with the different issues they are faced with in life. Our youngest son is 22 years old and has autism. This is a condition that is very close to my heart and one I feel very passionate about. I know he, and all who have a disability, are special children of God. I have spent the majority of the past 20 years (since our son's diagnoses) studying and working with others who are on the autistic spectrum which has given me a huge understanding of the condition and I thoroughly enjoy sourcing solutions to better support people on the autistic spectrum. In turn this has helped me become more tolerant of those who may appear "different" but who actually have a lot to offer. I have learned more about myself supporting these so-called "different" people than anything else I may have done in my life. My family is very important to me and I enjoy the relationships we share. I feel very fortunate to be married to my best friend and have two special sons who are very different, but have taught me a lot in my life. Our daughter-in-law is a lovely companion for our son and they too share a very special bond, along with our two grandsons who keep us all on our toes :) My other hobbies include playing the piano/organ, cross-stitch, crocheting and I like trying most crafts. I have been involved in organising some of the bigger events in our church and enjoy busying myself behind the scenes and pulling everything together.

Why I am a Mormon

The gospel of Jesus Christ has taught me so much in my life. Although I was away from the church for a period of time in my early twenties I did not like who or what I was becoming. I do not like to be stagnate in any part of my life, and enjoy being busy and productive and the gospel has taught me how to make progress, develop and support others around me. I have had very powerful spiritual experiences in my life and I cannot deny what I have felt and continue to feel. I have a very strong belief in life after death and the knowledge that I am here to be tried and tested so I can return to live with my Heavenly Father and Saviour Jesus Christ if I am faithful. I have a very black and white character and this knowledge makes complete sense to me, otherwise I would find difficulty in understanding the purpose of life and the reason we face some of the difficulties we have. He has given us these trials in our lives so he can better prepare us to return to live with him, I know this for sure. Sometimes things are very difficult, but I know we will not be given anything we cannot overcome. We do however need to rely on our Heavenly Father and the atoning sacrifice of our Saviour to overcome all our difficulties. I have seen the power of prayer work on so many levels and cannot begin to imagine the direction my life would be heading in if I did not have this sacred tool in my life. I know without any shadow of doubt that we have a loving Father in Heaven who knows us better than we know ourselves and who is there to support and guide us if we just ask. I know that my Saviour Jesus Christ died for me so that through his atoning sacrifice I can return to live with Him and my Heavenly Father. I am so grateful for this knowledge, to not just believe, but know because the Holy Spirit has testified to me, and I would urge anyone who has yet to hear about the gospel to seek out the missionaries and pray sincerely to ask if it is true.

How I live my faith

My parents joined the Mormon faith when I was 4 years old. However although I was raised a Mormon I did not feel I gained a testimony of the gospel until I was in my mid twenties. Having attended the funeral of a friend I had grown up with I knew when her husband spoke about life after death that the Spirit was testifying to me of the truthfulness of this. After a period of not going, I returned to church shortly after this experience and for the past 18 years I have not looked back. I am a very reflective person and love to analyse and look at where I can make progress. I am far from perfect, but love the teachings of the gospel that give me the direction in my life to help me address ways I can become a better person. The church is a massive part of my life, in fact it is my life. It is not a Sunday church but definitely a way of life. I try to study on a daily basis about the teachings of the gospel and my Saviour and pray regularly for guidance and support to do the correct thing, whilst also expressing gratitude for the many blessings he has provided me with in my life. Even the difficulties I have experienced in my life have all been part of a massive learning curve which have helped me understand that they were all for my benefit and learning and have helped me become more understanding of situations and people. I currently oversee all the women in our local area and I absolutely love the time I can spend with each one of them. Very often as I spend time with them they bear testimony of some of the difficulties they have faced and how they were able to overcome them. I feel very fortunate to be able to spend time with such strong faithful women. Before this I spent 4 years overseeing all the activities/events in our local church and this gave me immense satisfaction to start from scratch and see an activity/event develop that brought so much enjoyment to others.