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Hi I'm Debbie

I grew up in Connecticut, I married and moved to California, I am a convert to the church since 1989.

About Me

When I graduated from high school, I was planning to go to a Christian Bible college. The day before I was to leave home, I was almost killed in a car accident. Most people did not wear seat belts then, including me. My back was broken, my ankle crushed, both arms were broken, my jaw and side of my face were broken and I lost 6 teeth. I spent the next year at home recovering and then went to local college. I include this history because it was a pivotal point in my life leading me to my search and conversion to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. My health and recovery are a miracle. It was through this accident that I met my husband. After three years of dating, we married and moved west. After finishing school and 10 years of being a full time Mom, I went back to school and became a Registered Nurse at age 40. My main inspiration for becoming a nurse was so that I would be able to serve a medical mission with my husband someday. I love my career and feel that I found my niche and what I was born to do. I also love to garden, sing, and hike. My 2 sons are grown and married and I have 3 grandchildren with more coming.

Why I am a Mormon

I have always been a spiritually seeking person. As a child I was grateful to a mother who took me to church to provide a base belief system in my heart and mind. As I grew older, I sought out others who took the things of The Lord more seriously and studied the bible with a youth group in a more evangelical organization. I always had unanswered questions throughout these years. As an adult, I studied world religion in college in more than one course and then decided to explore research on the different Christian faiths. One day our dear friends and neighbors were coming back from Church when we stopped them in the road. We asked to borrow a wheelbarrow and they suggested that we should not be out working on the sabbath but should be in church. Through this good natured conversation, we agreed to study with the missionaries. When I studied with the missionaries of the Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, I knew that what they were teaching was true. I had observed it in the lives of those saints around me and then as I studied the precepts of the gospel and read the Book of Mormon, I knew I had to be baptized. I knew that the Bible was the word of God, but I also realized that the Book of Mormon opens up more answers and is a second testament of Christ, also the word of God. I was baptized and never looked back. I know that this is the true church of Christ. I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior and that He lives. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God and that he restored the church as originally organized by our Savior. I know that we need modern day prophets in a very confused world. I know that Thomas Monson is a prophet of God in this day. I know that serving The Lord by serving others brings blessings in our lives. I look forward to the exciting plan to serve a mission with my husband, so that others with the same spiritually seeking spirits may know the truth and feel it's great blessing in their lives.

How I live my faith

I have served in my church as a Cub Scout leader, a secretary in the ladies group, an activities planner, and a young women's teacher and advisor. For the past 7 years I have served as a Sunday School teacher, teaching children between the ages of 3 and 10. I sing in the choir at church and also have performed in pageants organized through our congregation for the community. I assist with humanitarian activities through our women's group and I visit and minister to three women in my congregation as delegated by my bishop.