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Hi I'm Debra

Scientist, educator, curriculum designer, seeker of truth, and a Mormon.

About Me

I read, swim, love to laugh, and crave knowledge. I enjoy creating things from poetry to wire art. I design web-based educational tools and work with professors in designing their courses. I study Hebrew in my spare time. I'm not great at it, but it's fun for me.

Why I am a Mormon

Although my parents were members of this church, I needed to learn everything from the ground up. Very early on, I was exposed to a wide variety of ideas and philosophies, and by age eleven or twelve, I had decided that I needed to find out the truth for myself. I already had faith in Jesus Christ, but I needed to know whether my church was false, true, or just one of many well-meaning groups. With a whole host of questions, much prayer, and the willingness to leave everything behind to find my answers, I began to read, wonder, and search. I've attended different churches' services, read materials from practically everywhere, and tested it all against conscience, logic, the Spirit, and the truths I knew in my heart. Little by little, the pieces started to fall into place. When I had learned and understood too much to deny it, I knew I had found truth. But even then, finding the path is only the start of the journey.

How I live my faith

At church, I am currently a teacher of our women's group. In the past, I have taught doctrinal classes for both men and women. I absolutely love teaching the Bible and other scriptures. I participate in weekly services, and try to be a good neighbor.

Who are the Mormons?

We are followers of Christ. We believe that God has love and truth to share with us in our time, just as much as in former times. A person can have a personal relationship with God, and through the mercies of Jesus Christ, we can return to God. Show more Show less

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Some people point to the brutality in the world and wonder how God can exist. It is a hard question, but the inverse is also true. How can there be altruism, kindness, sacrifice, love, hope, gratitude, and the earnest desire to help others in this brutal world? My search started inward. Raised around violence, I paid attention to the peace and love I occasionally felt when there was none to be found in the world. I paid close attention to those small mercies, and started recognizing larger, though more subtle ones. I believe that because I was searching for the good, I found God. Once you are willing to believe, you can start to see His "fingerprints" everywhere, including human souls. Even those that are dimmed and marred still have a few traces of the divine. Show more Show less