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Hi I'm Dawn

I am an emeritus professor. I am a wife, mother, & grandma who holds “hot chocolate tea parties” with my grandkids..

About Me

I am a seeker of truth and a university emeritus professor, but more importantly, I am a daughter of God who consciously chooses to devote most of my time to being a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. I am a voracious reader, and besides books, I like the outdoors, camping, wading in streams in the summer, skiing in winter, playing Rook (card game) with my family, and having “hot chocolate tea parties” with my grandchildren.

Why I am a Mormon

Viktor Frankl asserts (in his book Man’s Search for Meaning) that: Many of my “patients complain [of] feeling a total and ultimate meaninglessness of their lives. They lack the awareness of a meaning worth living for. They are haunted by the experience of their inner emptiness.” The “fullness” of the gospel of Jesus Christ is exactly that–a fullness of spirit, truth, and purpose. I recognize that elements of truth can be found in many other churches and among philosophers and scholars. However, I have found an incompleteness, an insufficiency outside of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This Church has made me acquainted with a responsive Father in Heaven; and His loving son, Jesus Christ, who love all people regardless of creed, color, culture, or the timing of their lives on the Earth; and with the Holy Ghost who comforts me, prompts me to make righteous decisions, and endorses truth spiritually. But this Church offers more than spiritual knowing, it is also intellectually satisfying, for example its reliance on multiple witnesses for each claim. And the doctrine is a simple, yet rich and appealing gospel based on love.

How I live my faith

I can’t remember when I didn’t want to find out more about the nature of God and what He wants for us. I have special study times to read scriptures and the words of prophets and apostles, and talk about the gospel with my husband and family, e.g., Family Home Evening. I have regular communication with God through prayer. I try to stay “anxiously engaged in a good cause” (Doctrine and Covenants 58:27), and show love to God and others through my actions.