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Hi I'm Debra

I live in England. I'm training to be a pre-school teacher. I'm a mother of seven, a karaoke singer and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Whilst my children were young, I wanted to do something useful for the community and I became involved in the Boy Scout and Girl Guide movements. It fitted perfectly with my own children and taught me that my own passion truly lay in working with small people. I trained to be a primary teacher and after some years of working with that age group, I've moved down (or maybe up!) to working with preschoolers. This enables me to indulge daily in my love of singing and story telling. I love these small people; their honesty, sincerity and that they are quick to forgive and to love. I have three of my children left at home. Two are diagnosed with high functioning autism. I do not consider autism to be a disability but simply a different way of thinking. I love their honesty and openness. We share a lot of laughter and fun! What they lack in social skills they make up for in so many other ways! They are intelligent, witty, and always have new discoveries to share. Studying for my graduate preschool qualification takes most of my spare time, but I do adore karaoke and dancing of any kind. I also love writing. My husband and I are awaiting the publication of our first book, an inspirational story of how he overcame the crippling disease of elephantiasis from being told he would never walk again to running a half marathon! The second is still in the think tank! Incidently, he and I are happily married but live on different continents, but that is another story !

Why I am a Mormon

I was baptised when I was 18. The first day that I was given the Book of Mormon, I determined to pray to know if it was true. That night I did not receive my answer but the next morning when I awoke I almost leapt out of bed! Words are inadequate to describe that feeling but I was pierced to the centre of my being with a knowledge of its truth and a joy I had never felt before. I have not always been an active member of the church. I was young and temptation was tempting. However, I never forgot the day that the Holy Ghost spoke truth into my heart. I eventually settled down back into the church where i belonged. It has not always been easy but it has always been worth it. I am grateful that Jesus Christ paid for my sins so that I could have second and third chances. His forgiveness and mercy are real. There have been times in my life when the pain and suffering that life has thrown at me have been too much to bear; the death of one of my children, my divorce from the my husband of 25 years, a close member of my family going to jail, to name but some. It is at those times when the reality of the Saviour's atonement has come into my life. I remember once driving to work and praying because things that were happening, through no fault of mine, were weighing me down and the sorrow was unbearable. His voice spoke directly to my heart; " Why are you suffering? Jesus Christ already bore all your pain so that you did not have to." On that very day he took my pain and joy again entered into my heart. People who know my circumstances often ask how I can cope so well and be so happy. I can honestly say that my smile is genuine, laughter is wonderful medicine and that my hope is real. I am grateful for the Saviour who loves me and lifts me constantly. That is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I teach a youth Sunday School class for 16 and 17 year olds. I also teach a weekday scripture study class at home to my youngest son, who is 14. I am grateful for this because it means I have to study the scriptures every day, so as to be ready to teach and answer questions. I don't always have the answers but I hope that I know where to find them!