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Hi I'm Deborah A. Crow

I am a Ward Blog Missionary, I also maintain my Ward's Relief Society Blog, I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a Ward Blog Missionary called to serve in Aug 2013. My duties are to maintain a Ward blog and write about the fundamental truths and share the Gospel. I am also a Visiting Teacher. I suffer from a few health issues that prevent me from doing a lot of hands on service, but, I help whenever I can in the church. I have a strong testimony about this church and the Gospel even when my health sometimes interferes with my abilities to understand or my desire to do more physically than I am able to.

Why I am a Mormon

My son was born with a lot of mental and behavioral disabilities. I suffered from depression that came and went, clinical depression I had to shelve to care for my son's issues. I found myself without much of a support system outside my parents who were just wonderful, but, they were limited and couldn't help me beyond the moral support. I required respite, assistance and prayers. I won't go into how my son came to be, it wasn't through any mistakes I made, suffice to say, Heavenly Father blessed me with this gift. When my son's disabilities became extremely stressful, I turned to drinking, smoking and self injury for comfort. I had found turning to my former beliefs did not comfort me or offer the answers I was seeking. I saw an ad on television during the darkest part of my journey, decided to get a copy of the Book Of Mormon and I began reading it. I couldn't put it down. I wanted to know more, so I contacted the Missionaries which I had to meet while my son was in school. I took the lessons, felt a true peace I hadn't felt ever and was baptized in 1994. I haven't looked back. I found stopping smoking and drinking easy because I knew this was what Heavenly Father wanted. The more I leaned on Him, the greater blessings I was given.

How I live my faith

Having a disability can mean many things to many different people. What one would consider disabling another would consider a mere rise on the side walk of life. For me being able to write a note to those I visit teach each month allows me to share my testimony. Being able to physically take the sacrament each Sunday gives me the strength to endure another week. Having the fellowship of the church helps me overcome some difficult issues I am struggling with. Whenever possible, I serve the church whether it's clean up after an event or cleaning the building as a sub.

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Deborah A. Crow
When I was indulging in tobacco, coffee and alcohol, I didn't feel close to Heavenly Father, in fact, I worked to hide my addictions from anyone from church visiting me, missionary or member. The reason is that I felt ashamed of my addictions. When I became inactive for 12 years because my son's behavior and care prevented my activity, I reverted to coffee having enjoyed it before I was a member. I found myself again hiding my coffee whenever church members came around. Whenever I went to events or Sacrament Meeting, I hid the smell from consumption from members and my Bishop. The day though came when I found myself confessing to my Bishop's question of why I wasn't seeking to restore my Temple Recommend that I was indulging in drinking coffee. After a discussion as to why it was against the Word of Wisdom, I stopped drinking it and have for quite some time. I no longer feel uncomfortable and have to hide because I have an addiction; I no longer turn members away or fear I'll be caught. When we sin, we feel ashamed and feel we must hide. Obeying the Word of Wisdom frees us from addictions that make us feel unworthy and ashamed of what vices we've allowed to keep us from obeying Heavenly Father. Show more Show less