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Hi I'm Doreen Halverson

I am a forward thinking Californian, raised in the country in a big family, currently living in the small town of Dixon.

About Me

I was the first person in my family to graduate from college. At BYUI and U.C. Davis, I studied education and Spanish. I taught high school for awhile before taking a break to raise my four children. Currently two of them are missionaries. My eldest daughter is serving in Canada and my son was called to serve in Brazil. I served my mission in Uruguay and my husband, who is currently the bishop in our ward, served in the Philippines. We have two young teenage girls at home still. I volunteer at a local bookstore and work part-time at the local library. I am a strong proponent of empowering people through education. I am a huge Jane Austen fan, an avid scrap-booker and I do family history/genealogy on the side. I love learning about how people live in other parts of the worlds and I hope to be able to travel later in life- maybe doing humanitarian work in a third world country. At this stage in my life I am reaping the rewards of keeping a steady course in life focused on family and being true to my faith. As a teenager I sometimes despaired that I wasn't destined for great things. My family's resources were limited, I wasn't popular at school and the only area I excelled in was my church involvement. I rarely dated in high school, but as a returned missionary I dated and married the cutest guy in our ward, the high school quarter back, who had never once asked me out before in the 10 years we had known each other. Patience and integrity paid off in the end.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of this The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because I asked God in prayer if I should continue to believe the faith that I was raised in, or if I should look elsewhere. I studied the Book of Mormon and attended Seminary classes each day before high school with the desire to gain my own conviction that I was where God wanted me to be and that I was following the principles that He had set up when he lived on Earth. My freshman year of school, I missed quite a bit of my seminary classes in order to sleep in. I realized that I wasn't happy and that I wanted to be happy more than I wanted life to be easy. That is when I really applied myself and found that true joy came when I lived my life as the Spirit directed me. I wasn't given everything I asked God for, but I did get the reassurance that God knew who I was and would guide my footsteps as long as I stayed committed to the process of truly living his commandments. Later during the early years of my marriage I found myself attending church alone with my two small children, but the Lord sent angels in the form of other ward members and my extended family to help me stay strong until my husband was ready to "help push the handcart" again. Our family life has been so blessed now that we are united in the faith. I am thankful for the Lord's plan of happiness and for the help that I receive through the gospel to raise a righteous family.

How I live my faith

Living my faith is, to me, like a fish living in water. All my choices are made taking into consideration my religious principles. I am blessed to be able to teach English as a Second Language at our church building three times a week. I have served in the Relief Society presidency and taught many Sunday school lessons. I love to learn about the scriptures and to feel the guidance of the Holy Ghost in my life daily. If ever anything begins to compete with my family time or church commitments, I step back and evaluate how I can get myself back on course. When I interact with others not of my faith, I look for ways to share my beliefs and to testify of the joy that the gospel brings. Sometimes I am challenged by those who think I am being misled, but the Spirit whispers peace to my soul and I can better tolerate the rejection. I have found, however, that most people I meet, whether or not they agree with my spiritual convictions, are ready to defend my right to believe as I do and practice my faith without harassment. This inspires me to stand up for the religious freedoms of everyone I meet, and to admire people who are true to their personal convictions. I see heroes all around me as I view a vast variety of people trying to make ends meet and find joy in the journey. I want to share the gospel with them all because I see what joy it brings to know that my Savior lives and has paid the price for my sins. I want to live worthy of returning to live with Him someday, and I find that following his commandments allows me to enjoy a great deal of joy in this life as well.