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Hi I'm Debbie

I grew up in and attend college in Arizona. I know that I am a beloved daughter of a king and that Christ loves me.

About Me

I am a college student attending a nondenominational christian school in Phoenix. I am at a cross-roads with my major right now. I am taking pre-requisites for nursing school, but I also want to work in the system with troubled teens and therefore need a psychology degree. I love writing, and while in high school I wanted to be an English/ Language Arts teacher.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the church, but that has not made my life any easier. As I stated before, I fell away for two years right after I graduated high school. I rationalized that it was okay for me not to attend church or pray. I learned the hard way. My parents do not attend church right now. My step mom converted when she was twelve and my dad converted when he met my mother. For the first six years of my life, my family was very active, going to church, having family time, etc. However, after my parents got divorced, my brother and I were the only ones attending church, and honestly, it was because my dad made us. My brother and I continued going to church, even after my dad remarried. My step mom (whom I will refer to as "mom") and dad are both members, but they have not attended regularly. Despite their choice not to attend, they made us both go. After I turned sixteen, my mom gave me the option of going to church or staying home and doing chores. Of course, I went to church, receiving a ride from a youth group leader. While I was in high school, I was very active, going to all the activities, Sunday school, etc. I was always strong. Then, the weekend after I graduated high school, my parents moved us from Tucson to Phoenix. I avoid new situations because they make me uncomfortable. I did not know anybody in my new church, so rather than make new friends, I decided not to go. During this time, I lost the Holy Spirit, my connection to my God. Looking back, I knew that I missed it, but at the time, I would rather miss it than face my "new people" anxiety. I am a Mormon, not because it is all I know, but because it is where I belong. Nowhere else have I felt Christ's love so strongly. Nowhere else have I been able to see His hand in not only my life, but in other people's. I believe in the Gospel teachings. I believe that the Book of Mormon is true, that it is another testament of my Savior. I am a Mormon because I have known Christ's love and forgiveness and I believe

How I live my faith

Honestly, I fell away from the church for two years. I rationalized that I can keep my faith in God and Christ, but I do not need to go to church. Right after I graduated high school, I had a three month vacation before the Fall semester at my college. I spent three weeks in California visiting with my grandparents. I did not attend church, read my scriptures, or even pray. Then, I got a weekend job as a nanny. By the time I got off, I would have missed the first hour of church, so I did not bother going at all. When school started, I told myself that I was too busy studying to go to church or that it was too far away. Although I did not drink, smoke, or anything like that, I still did not have the spirit with me. Then, I made a mistake. By the world's standards, it was normal to do what I did, but for me, I knew that I did something wrong. It was not only my mistake that brought me back to the church, but that I knew of Christ's love for me and His forgiveness. I realized that even though I was not living my life the way God wanted me to, I could correct my course. So, I did. I do not hold any major callings, but I have three wonderful ladies that I visit, share a gospel message with, and befriend. I try my best to bring people up, not put them down. I am still struggling with certain things, but since I changed my life course, I have already seen blessings in my life. It is the little things that matter the most to me. I may not attend church every Sunday, but I do pray and read my scriptures, because for me, that is the main way I keep my Savior close to me. It is how I remember His great sacrifice and love.

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

I asked my aunt a question about women and the priesthood and she explained it in her own way. I hope I do her justice because her explanation could not be any better: Women are born with this instinct to help. They automatically turn when a baby cries and they bake cookies for the neighbors that just moved in. Women are naturally nurturing. Men, well, not so much. Men are caring, but in their own way and a man must meet society's male stereotype. The priesthood gives men a "manly" way to help others. They offer and give blessings, help with sacrament (communion), they protect their families. The priesthood gives men the chance to be nurturing without emasculating them. Women do not need to hold the priesthood. Yes, God told us that only men hold the priesthood, but that does not mean that women are any less valuable to the church, spreading of the gospel, or raising of a family. Men and women hold different roles, but they are both great in the sight of God, and that is what really matters. Show more Show less