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Hi I'm Debbie

I'm a wife, a mother of four and a business woman. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've always been a book worm and after leaving school I went to university to study English language and literature, graduating three years later with a BA Honours degree. Three years with my head inside hundreds of books cured me of my reading addiction and after graduation I changed direction completely and pursued a career in retail management. I loved every busy, lunchless, foot-aching day of my job but gave up work full time when our first child was born so that I could concentrate on raising a family. Three more children followed along with several challenging but rewarding years as a stay at home mum. When my husband started his own business I helped out from home until the children were all at school, then returned to work full time within our business. In 2010 I started my own business publishing and distributing a monthly magazine to the local community. This is a job I love as it gives me the opportunity to use the skills I have developed over the years during my education and other vocational pursuits. Every day, week and month I get to write, design and sell. I feel very privileged and blessed to be in a job I enjoy so much. In my spare time I like to sew, cook, scrapbook, read, research my family history, play the piano and sing. I also enjoy gardening, but you would never know this simply by looking! Our garden is work in progress! I also enjoy travelling and meeting people.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a member of the Mormon Church all my life. My parents joined after 18 months of intense investigation, during which time they learned about many religions - Christian and non-Christian alike. But, like most lifelong members of the Church, the time came when I had to decide for myself if this was the path for me. I have always been faithful to the tenets of my faith, but this does not mean I have not had doubts. When these doubts came as a teenager I would reason out the alternatives and always concluded that the things I had been taught made more sense. In particular, I have always had a strong conviction in my heart that we lived as spirits with God before we came to earth, that we are not just his creations but that we are his literal spirit sons and daughters. Knowing this has helped me develop a personal relationship with a being who is more than my creator and my God - he is my Father. I have had many prayers answered and I believe with all my heart that revelation continues in this day - that each one of us can receive personal guidance and direction from our Heavenly Father through the influence of the Holy Ghost and that there is a prophet on the earth who receives revelation on behalf of mankind in general. It is a great comfort to me to know that we are not alone in this life and that the Lord has chosen someone to whom he can reveal his word and will. There are three steps involved in finding out if the Gospel of Jesus Christ as taught by the Mormon Church is true. First - learn what it is. Second - put it to the test by living it. Third - pray for confirmation that it is right. Throughout my life I have followed these three steps and the conclusion I have always arrived at is that the Mormon Church is the true Church of Jesus Christ. I know that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and my Redeemer and that through faith and obedience we can return to live with him and even become like him one day.

How I live my faith

I am a member of a church which believes in giving its members the opportunity to be involved in very specific, hands on ways and my current assignment is to oversee the physical and spiritual welfare of the women in our local congregation. Two other women assist me in this role and we meet each month to discuss the individual needs of our members and to decide what we can do to ensure these needs are met. Typically this might include organising a rota to visit someone who is ill or organising meals for a family with a new baby. Every week the women meet on Sunday to discuss the scriptures and learn how to apply the teachings of Jesus Christ in their own lives. Part of my role and that of my counsellors (the women assigned to assist me) is to ensure that a lesson is prepared each week. We also meet monthly during the week to learn new skills that will help us become better family members, citizens and disciples of Jesus Christ. Don't fall into the trap of thinking this all sounds stiff and stuffy. We have lots of fun and there is plenty of laughter at these gatherings! I am also responsible for organising the women into pairs and for assigning them a small number of women to visit together each month. The purpose for this is to offer support and encouragement to one another on a very personal level. Every woman in the Mormon church knows that she has at least two others she can turn to in times of need. The assignment I have to serve the women of my local congregation is a temporary one and I know that in a year or two I will be released from these duties and that someone else will serve in my stead and I will be asked to serve elsewhere. In the past I have worked with the children aged 3-11 years and with youth aged 12-17 years. I have taught Sunday School and have also helped organise social activities. I also currently serve as organist, a position that I have held since my teens.

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

The Word of Wisdom is a law we follow to help take care of our physical body. We believe that our body is a gift from God and that we honour and worship our Heavenly Father by respecting this precious gift. The Word of Wisdom forbids the drinking of tea, coffee and alcohol, the use of drugs including tobacco and nicotine and the excessive consumption of meat - all of which modern science has proven to be harmful to the body. The Word of Wisdom also encourages us to eat healthily by consuming grains, fruit and vegetables. This principle was first revealed in the first half of the 19th century well before scientists had identified the harmful effect that tobacco, alcohol, tea and coffee could have on the body. This is one of many proofs to me that Joseph Smith was indeed a prophet who received this knowledge directly from God. For me, living the Word of Wisdom is not just about the physical benefits that come from following a healthy lifestyle. It is about the spiritual blessings that come from obedience to God and the strength of character that comes from standing up and being different. Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Mormons believe that men and women are equal in the sight of God, but that they are different with their own individual purposes and roles to play. Mormon women are encouraged to marry and become mothers as we consider that there is no greater privilege than that of helping another human being develop and realise its own potential. But Mormon women are also given great responsibility within the Church itself and are offered many opportunities to develop skills and talents that make them great assets in the community and workplace. We are generally a fun loving, happy bunch! Show more Show less