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Hi I'm Dawnee

I am a career woman, athlete, artist, patriot, outdoorsy adventure-loving 29-year-old single woman, and . . . I'm a Mormon :).

About Me

I'm an energetic 29-year-old single woman into everything I can find opportunity to learn and do, active or relaxed. I like . . . almost anything really, you name it. I completed my masters last year and began working with the Forest Service in AZ; I feel very privileged in the challenging work I do and in life overall. I owe so much to so many good people and to trying to live the gospel the LDS church teaches; I could never repay it all. In spite of hard challenges I've faced in life, I am truly happy and have a life full of so many great things! I play every kind of sport I can squeeze into my busy schedule, love music (playing guitar/songwriting), writing, painting, history, cooking, reading (a mix of genres) hiking, dancing (of all kinds), movies, horses, other cultures, and the Mexican food in this state! (Among many other things.) I come from a family of all boys and am the daughter of two converts to our church. I lived in one tiny town growing up and spent my summers on my grandmother's ranch along the Sun River in Montana; one of the most beautiful places to me in all the world! Since graduating high school I have been to three colleges (EAC, BYU, and USU) and all over the western US (including up to Alaska). I have been blessed to gain friends from all over the country and beyond, and have a unique and rowdy fun family with lots of nieces and a nephew I love. Of all the hats I wear in life, my favorite titles are auntie, sister, daughter, friend, and yep, Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

I am Mormon because the LDS gospel is the fullest truth on the earth and it brings me more happiness than anything I have ever found, and I have looked at what there is in the world and thought things through well. I Iike truth from whatever the source, and this gospel has helped me to recognize it wherever I find it, and there is nothing that compares to this or makes sense like this. Trying to be a true Mormon is not easy in the least. It is honestly likely the hardest thing I will ever do, but also likely the best thing I will ever do as it shapes my entire life always making me better, more than I ever would be, when I live it. Secondly, the gospel has answers nowhere else has. Not every hard question ever asked can be answered, but more than you will find anywhere else in the world. Thirdly, I have had multiple personal experiences that have helped me to know it is true, not in a logical way though it makes logical sense too, but a deeper way. The best I've been able to describe my feelings about it to friends is something like a really good feeling you have right before you make a great choice or like when you just know you're going to win something and you do, but better. My knowledge of the gospel and the principles taught has pulled me through more things in life than I would ever have imagined I'd have to face, and I have a lot of life left to enjoy. I lost an older brother at the age of 17, he was shot and killed. Two years later my mother had cancer and underwent surgery catching it just in time. I had a few rough surgeries and didn't know what I would wake up to or if I'd even be able to have kids when I awoke and I love kids. . . I was lucky, but that's just the tip of an iceberg. It has pulled me through working two jobs while doing full-time grad school. It has pulled me through life, and I've been happy even in all those times, even the rough ones, I've had a foundation of happiness and even peace that I wish everybody could have.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying my best to hold to the high morals, values, and qualities the gospel teaches, and in trying to always move closer to my potential, no matter if it always seems a little out of reach. I believe in trying to become something more than I am. I believe in questions, learning, and improvement in all aspects of life, physical, mental, and spiritual, and I believe in encouraging and helping others to improve in the ways they want to and to see their own great potential because everybody has it in their own way and it's awesome when realized. I like success and happiness for myself, people I know, and even the random strangers whose paths I cross. I believe in picking myself back up when I fail at things and trying again, every time. I am honest, even in hard times. I try to find opportunities to give service because I love people and I like to make a difference, no matter how small. I pay tithing (10% of what I make) to our church, which helps support people around the world, and have been blessed all my life in ways as a result of that. I fast and pray for people I know more than they will ever know. I pray and read my scriptures every single night, even when I am really tired, even if it's just a verse. I love community events and join in them whenever I can. Last year I competed in a dance competition to raise money to support the county's drug prevention program. It was a blast! And a good cause. I love and honor my country and take time to support our US troops. I currently serve as the temple coordinator arranging temple trips for my ward (our church is organized into groups called wards) of single adults so that we can do baptisms and other ordinances for those who have died without having received them. I feel honored and humbled to serve in this calling, and can honestly say, I know that what we teach about our temples and what we do in them is real, and nothing odd, I promise ;). The LDS gospel makes life make sense--it's truth.

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

This seems a hot topic lately and one I have thought about. By our doctrine, we absolutely definitely believe men and women to be equal. In fact, the church's stance and guidance on so many things (marriage, raising families, respecting one another, waiting to date until 16, avoiding porn) is actually to help support honoring and treating both men and women equally and with respect. In our church both men and women pray, give lessons, speak from the pulpit, wear temple garments, etc. We encourage education and lifelong learning for both men and women. I myself have felt the support of our church's teachings in attaining my degrees and facing attacks of the world that imply or argue I'm less equal. We do believe we have different roles in life but they are equal, and we need each other because of those differences. We believe that marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God, that it is sacred and an equal partnership and should be treated as such. I've been asked how I feel about our focus on those roles in marriage as I am a single 29-year-old woman with a career. I love our doctrine on them and find them more equal and fulfilling than anything in existence when held as follows the doctrine of our church, and thus, I honor them. Any inequality observed is the fault of ourselves as individuals in not matching our actions to our doctrine as our doctrine supports, even directs such equality. For a great video on this see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-QYlDLChzig Show more Show less