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Hi I'm De

I grew up in Bountiful, Utah. Married with 7 kids. Artist. Soccer player/coach. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a mom of 7. Wife of one :) Two of those kids we were lucky enough to adopt after being their foster parents. I like the outdoors--waterskiing (snow skiing is too cold--even though I am from Utah :) ), hiking, camping. I have been a soccer player and/or coach my whole life and I also love to draw and paint. I paint wall murals. And draw on my kids' lunch sacks :) I graduated from Dixie College and then served a mission to Portugal. I am also a breast cancer survivor.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Mormon church, and..like anyone who is a member of any church..had to come to a point where I had to decide if what I was doing and believing was really something I felt was right or if it was strictly based on my parents. I went through the same steps anyone would be asked to take when investigating the church--read the scriptures, prayed, pondered if what I read was true, prayed some more. And then I asked my Heavenly Father if what I was reading and pondering was true. And I felt the Spirit touch my heart and let me know that my testimony was my own. I believed on my own that Jesus is my brother, my Savior. That the Gospel of Jesus Christ is here on the earth. That Joseph Smith truly saw and spoke to God and to Christ. With that knowledge and faith, I served an LDS mission to the wonderful people of Portugal. For a year and a half I talked and learned with them. I met people of great faith. Humble people who helped strengthen MY testimony even more. And when I came home, I married a great guy--my best friend--in the temple for time and all eternity and we continue being Mormon because of our faith. Our convictions. There are always bumps in life. But I know that with Christ as our example and with our efforts to strive to be more like Him, we will be able to be happy in this life. Even with opposition, struggles, sadness. With all of my struggles I always knew that my Heavenly Father knew who I was. Knew what I needed. And I knew that He loved me. And that was enough to ease my burdens enough to manage them. I love the gospel. I love my Father in Heaven and my Savior, Jesus Christ. I honestly don't think I would be as happy with my life without the knowledge the gospel brings me and without the testimony I have that makes everything I do, everything I believe make sense.

How I live my faith

For my church, I teach 10-year old girls in our church twice per month in my home in what is called "Activity Days". We do crafts and things like that and just generally try to have fun. I was able to use my art this Christmas and was asked to paint the scenery for a nativity our youth did for our ward Christmas dinner. So that was fun for me. As far as LIVING my faith, besides teaching the girls which my church has asked me to do, I also try to give service to others--bring meals to those in my neighborhood who are in need, etc. I try to be aware of ways to just be helpful. Sometimes I am not great at seeing the needs of others, so I try to just be better next time. No one is perfect, and I am a pretty good example of that. :) I can make a mean caramel-layer brownie, but sometimes forget that sharing them with someone makes them taste better.