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Hi I'm Deena

Born in California but grew up in Utah and Colorado. Mother of five and grandmother of five now living in Arizona.

About Me

I grew up in a family with one older brother and two older sisters. I received my Associate Degree from BYU in Provo, Utah two years after high school in 1977. In August 2013 I finished my Bachelor's Degree with an emphasis in family history. I love learning and researching my ancestors and helping others search for theirs. I have started my own business called Family Tree Restoration so that I can help others find their family tree.

Why I am a Mormon

My mother was not active in the church until she was in her thirties although her ancestors had been strong in the church. She married a Baptist but my father joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in 1958 when I was a year old. So basically I grew up in the church with a strong Mormon heritage on one side of the family and not on the other. All of the members of my family have strong testimonies of the church and are proud of our heritage stemming from the early days when the church was organized in 1830. For me the church is a way of life and has always felt "right" to me. The more experiences I have in this life have led me to have a firmer belief in the gospel of Jesus Christ which I have learned through membership in the Mormon church and this gospel is the center in my life.

How I live my faith

I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. As a member, I have a position in the church as the humanitarian leader. I have done this for two years and have organized several service projects. One of my favorite was "Bags of Love" which we completed two months ago. I, along with other members of the church, made 120 bags filled with homemade quilts, toys, stuffed animals, and grooming supplies. I hope the foster children who receive these bags will be as happy to receive them as we were to make them. I enjoy doing different service projects for my community and organizing the opportunity for others to be involved as well.