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Hi I'm Debbie

I loved being a mother and thought there was nothing better. Then I became a grandmother. Need I say more? I’m a Mormon.

About Me

I’ve been married for 40 years. The biggest surprise of my life was how much I loved being a mother. The next biggest surprise was just how hard being a mother is!! But now as a grandmother to 21 (still counting) I have realized the joy that comes from posterity. I love being a grandmother. Over the years I’ve been involved in my community, serving in the schools, on a school board and currently I serve on the local United Way Board and on their Women’s Leadership Council. I love meeting people from all walks of life and working together with them to make life better for people. I graduated from college in 2002 after raising my six children. I love to travel and learn about new places and cultures. But my favorite place to be is at home. I love to garden. I also love to read and I prefer non-fiction, although I can enjoy a good novel or adventure sometimes. I’m a bit of a political junkie and like to stay informed about current issues. I also love to cook and eat healthy. I enjoy piecing quilts and giving them as gifts. I want to spend more time researching my ancestors and collecting/writing family histories. For recreation we love to go 4-wheelilng and boating.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were members of the LDS church and taught me the gospel from my youth. But I gained my own faith and testimony of this church at about the age of 18. I had just graduated from high school and while I still attended church, I had drifted a bit in my faith. I was working at a summer job to earn money for college when I met a girl my age from another state who had a child and was working to support her. We talked a bit about the church, because she was curious. I set up a meeting for her with missionaries at my home. That night, I heard the missionaries challenge my friend to pray about the church and ask if it was true. As I went to bed, I thought a lot about that challenge and realized that I didn’t know for sure if it was true because I had never asked God. I decided to take that challenge. It was obvious to me right away that Satan did not want me to pray (I hadn’t done that for a long time). It was difficult to stay on my knees because of the darkness that I felt around me. But I did. I received an answer to that prayer, not by angelic visitation, but by an overpowering feeling of love and comfort and light that I felt around me. I knew I had received an answer to my prayer. I’ve never doubted that answer. I can still remember and feel those feelings that I had that night. I had some things in my life that needed fixing to make myself right with the Lord. It took some time, but I did it. The next year at college I had a religion teacher challenge me to read the Book of Mormon. I’d read FROM the book, but never completed the whole book. I took that challenge and read it in a week. It was a powerful experience and I knew it was from God. Since then, I have read it dozens of times and I continue to receive inspiration and revelation from that book. I know God lives and he answered my prayer. I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is God’s true church on the earth today. That is my testimony.

How I live my faith

I am a Mormon, but first an foremost I am a Christian. I believe the words Jesus spoke when He lived on the earth and I have a testimony that the way He taught and lived is the only way to true happiness. While I fall short of His example, I try in small ways to serve others as He taught. There are so many people in the world who need a help--even if it is just a few kind words. I’ve spent a lifetime serving in different capacities in my church. I love teaching children about the gospel. I also love working with teens and young adults. Currently I am serving with my husband in a young married student stake that serves students from two different universities. The relationships that I have had while serving in the church are the most rewarding. Some of my dearest friendships have come through visiting teaching. I’ve learned that the way to loving others is to serve them in some way. I’ve also learned that the Savior loves everyone (even those who seem hard to love) and that He will help us to love those whom we serve. Working with United Way gives me opportunities in the community to work with people of different faiths and beliefs. Seeing the needs in my community helps me stay grounded about life and the realities of hardship faced by so many people in society. I know I have been blessed in my life and I belief that where much is given, much is required. Blessings are necessarily earned, but are given so that we can share them with others.