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Hi I'm Debi Nyborg

I live in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Married to my best friend. Parents of 10. Grandparents of 15. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am married to the love of my life and my best friend. We have 8 living children and two who passed away in infancy. We have 15 grandchildren, and they are the joy of our lives. We spend our vacation time traveling from state to state visiting all of them. I have a life-long love of learning and teaching. I have a bachelor's degree in elementary education, a master's degree in educational literacy, and a doctorate in educational leadership. I have taught every grade from kindergarten to university-age students. I have loved every grade level. I adore children. I enjoy reading, writing, drawing, painting, cleaning, cooking, gardening, scrapbooking, writing family histories, taking yoga classes, going for long walks and short runs, and playing with my dogs (two fat pugs and a spoiled French bulldog)...I also have two talking birds named Corky and Sheldon who make us all laugh. I love being happy. I try to laugh and smile and count my blessings during the day. It's hard to be unhappy when you think about all of the things that are good in this world. I am blessed.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents searched for religion when I was a young girl. We went to many, many churches. We met wonderful people at every church. We felt God in each church. We felt goodness in each church. We met amazing and wonderful people in every church we attended. I wasn't sure what my parents were looking for when I was a child. They had specific questions and they were looking for specific answers. I remember the first day we walked into a Mormon church; The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints. I was only ten years old, but I felt something that made me happy and filled my heart with joy and peace. I loved the hymns we sang. I listened to the speakers and felt like I had come home. My parents had many questions for the missionaries. It took an average of three sets of missionaries to convert my family. Two sets to get my father...three or four sets to get my mother....and three sets to get me...even though I was baptized when I was ten. I wasn't converted until I was 17. What changed for me? I continued to search religions and to ask questions. I am a very analytical person. I have to see it and touch it and taste it to understand it. I had so many questions. It was hard for me to believe things that I could not see. When I was 17 I prayed...for the first time in my life....I prayed a real prayer. "Dear God, if there is a God, I have to know some things. Who am I? Where did I come from? Where am I going when I die? Why am I here?" I prayed and cried and prayed and cried. Then the sweetest, quiet answer came to me...not a voice that I heard with my ears...but a quiet whisper I heard in my heart. " There is a God. I am your God. I am your Father. You lived before you came to this earth. You will live again when you die. I will send help for you." Missionaries found me. I read the Book of Mormon. I was converted. I have been active in the church for the past 40 years. I love this church. Pray to know for yourself.

How I live my faith

As a convert to the church, I think the thing that impressed me the most about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is that everyone works and no one gets paid! Everyone serves. Everyone gets a turn to speak in church. Everyone gets to teach a lesson. Everyone gets to pray. Everyone is needed and wanted here. Everyone has something to offer and something to share. I like to think of it as a good game of volleyball....everyone rotates and gets a turn to serve. It is wonderful. Just when you get comfortable in your position....the Bishop says, "rotate" and we change places and serve somewhere new...even the Bishop gets replaced....it is nothing short of amazing to me. I live my faith by accepting my callings and releases with appreciation and devotion. I do my best and then willingly step aside and let someone else have the opportunities and blessings of that calling while I accept a new one. I know the church leaders are inspired to allow us all to work and serve and grow.