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Hi I'm Donna

I'm a wife, mother of 5 and grandmother of 14 and yes being a Mormon is the BEST thing that ever happened to me.

About Me

My occupation is a Homemaker and everything that entails. I heard once if you could find not only a job, but something you really enjoyed doing you were lucky, well I am very lucky. Family is one of my top priorities and most things I do revolve around that. I love boating because it's not only my husband's occupation but it's a great family activity we do together. I have boated all around Florida for years and just love it.....It has kept us all close with so many wonderful stories and memories. Next to boating my passion is cooking. Whether cooking for family and friends or a large group it's always fun. I have collected cookbooks for years and read cookbooks like most people read books. I wrote a cookbook with essential recipes for my children to survive those first years at college and also made a cookbook for our youngest son when he left on his mission. It has gotten to be so fun that my daughter and daughter-in-laws all contribute and send recipes for our Family Cookbook. What a great way this has been to save our family traditions. I also like to spend as much time as I can serving in the community. When working with others I've found so much can be accomplished. It is very rewarding and I have made wonderful friends along the way. I am grateful daily for the many blessings in my life.

Why I am a Mormon

I converted to the Mormon church 38 years ago. My husband and I were a young family with two small sons. We were members of the Methodist Church and actively involved in a bible study group. I remember praying and asking Heavenly Father to help us know how he wanted us to raise our children. Shortly after that we went on a trip and met a family from Arizona and became close friends, yes they were Mormons..... There was something about their family that drew us to them and made us want to ask about their faith. We could tell it was not just a Sunday thing, but a part of who they were. My new friend and I shared our beliefs with each other, and she told me about their belief that families could be together forever. I was so excited I told my husband "when it's all said and done, if we found out our family could be forever and didn't take the time to find out about it, how sad we would be". Many of the questions that came up in our bible study were answered as "that's just a mystery of God". We found out however, there were answers to those questions and the answers were coming from the young Mormon missionaries that were teaching us. We knew it was time to really pay attention and find out about this religion. I found out I could pray and the Holy Ghost would let me individually know if the church was true. I did not have to rely on a charismatic minister or disconnected verses of scripture hooked to flowery sermons to understand God's word. It seemed to me like someone wiped the mirror clean and I could finally see clearly, everything finally made sense. I know finding the church was a direct answer to my prayer. I was told the Gospel of Jesus Christ is simply beautiful and beautifully simple.That really made sense because the Savior wanted me to be able to understand his word. I know the Lord answers prayers because he answered mine. I am so thankful for the Restored Gospel and the friend and missionaries that shared it with me.

How I live my faith

Over the years I have had many opportunities to serve in the church. I have worked in different positions with the Young Women and have seen the strength of this upcoming generation which has strengthened me. We have an early morning scripture study called Seminary that I was able to teach for four years. I had 9th through 12th graders coming to my home at 5:30 each morning to learn about the Savior and what a blessing that was for me to teach these young people and grow closer to my Heavenly Father. Our women's organization is full of amazing women and I have been able to work and learn from them. I have also had the opportunity to work as a member of the church in our community to help strengthen home and family. Through the many opportunities I have had, I learned to plan and conduct meetings, organize girls camps, youth dances, prepare and teach lessons, speak to large groups of people, teach families in our community preparedness skills and how to be self-reliant and had the opportunity to associate and learn from many good people. There is not room enough to write all the ways my life has been enriched and blessed through the service opportunities I have had.