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Hi I'm Danette

I'm the mother of 5 children and work with school-aged children. I enjoy reading and dancing. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a mother of 5 children, and I work with school-age children. I love reading with kids. They love seeing me cry during the sad parts, and I love explaining the meaning of passages. We both love laughing together at the funny parts. God has helped me overcome the trauma I experienced as a child and the anxiety that accompanied it. I know that, through His help, I have been able to accomplish many important milestones in my life. God has proven to me that I can TRUST in His love. That means so much to me!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, because I have learned that Jesus's teachings have blessed my life and the lives of my family. My relationship with God is very active and important to me. My daily interaction with Him has proven to me that He lives, knows me, and loves me. He has answered so many questions and doubts that I have had, He has comforted me in times of need, He has given me the ability to do hard things because He was there to help me, He has healed me when I was facing a life-threatening condition, I have felt His love, He has inspired me with understanding and guidance, He has given me the ability to repent and try again, etc. I am a better person because of Him. Like others who grew up in the church, I had to experience my own conversion. As a teenager, I went to seminary (6:10 a.m. scripture-study class, Monday thru Friday, before school). The year we studied the Book of Mormon, I remember being excited to receive a personal witness from the Holy Ghost that the Book of Mormon was true. I thought it would come when I got to Moroni 10:4. However, it came before then. As I was reading a passage, I read an answer to an important, personal question I had had for years. I was so happy to find the answer, and I felt the Holy Ghost tell me that it was true. The Book of Mormon has so many heroes that I look up to, so many examples that I learn life lessons from, etc. Two of my favorite versus that have helped me are: 1 Nephi 11:17 "I know that he loveth his children; nevertheless, I do not know the meaning of all things." This helps me to have trust in God and His timetable. Ether 12:27 "And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them." I know God helps me!

How I live my faith

My faith is my culture. It's who I am. Though I have many weaknesses to work on, the Lord knows my potential and I know He is there to help me. I'm so grateful that He has given me so many resources that I can access: the scriptures, prophets, prayer, church, priesthood blessings and ordinances, temples, bishop and visiting/home teachers, the sacrament, the Holy Ghost and personal revelations, repentance, and most of all the Atonement. These blessings have helped me throughout my life by giving me the knowledge, guidance, motivation and support I need. I know that when I fall short, I have access to the Atonement and can start fresh again. I'm so grateful for the love I feel from our Father in Heaven and His trustworthiness. This helps me to perform the duties of my various callings, even if it is outside my comfort zone. I rely on the personal inspiration I receive to help me. I have done many callings in the church. One of my favorites was Beehive (12 and 13 year-old girls) advisor. I loved working with the Young Women! Currently, I am a ward missionary and I teach the Gospel Principles class. Those lessons are so inspiring and full of precious knowledge. It's so evident that God loves His children and has a plan for them. He gives them the free-agency to seek after it; it's their choice. I have learned for myself the wisdom in God's commandments and how they help us to be happier.

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Danette
Members serve one another and God without getting paid because of our love for God and our fellow man. God's work is "to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man." It's a great work that I want to be a part of. We help each other. Serving in callings has helped me to leave my comfort-zone, stretched me to develop courage and talents, and has given more purpose to my life. My family has been blessed by others serving in their callings. It's a win-win. My husband is a school-teacher by trade, and he is also currently serving as a bishop. It takes a lot of his time and thoughts, but I am so grateful that he is the kind of person that is willing to sacrifice and serve the Lord. It also motivates him to live more righteously so he can be led by the Spirit. Pleasing God, becoming more like Him, and doing good works is far more motivating than getting paid. Devoting time and talents to serving God can bring the Spirit and the inspiration needed to do our callings well. Also, it helps ensure that people are serving for the right reasons, especially those in leadership positions. It reminds me of the scripture, Matthew 6:24: "No man can serve two masters . . . Ye cannot serve God and mammon." Are you serving God or for money? Show more Show less