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Hi I'm Debbie Anne

I love trees! Family Trees. They may have nuts, or a squirrel, but mostly incredibly interesting ancestral branches. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My husband and I have 6 children and a fleet of granchicklets in every size. They are all blossoming into very individual unique branches on our family tree. When I’m not writing about genealogical research or climbing my own family tree for elusive ancestors, I volunteer with a charity that concerns trees. This charity raises money for children’s medical bills at our Children’s Hospital by selling completely decorated Christmas Trees at a festival. Our children have been raised doing service for this charity so we can help others with overwhelming medical debt. I’m learning how to piece quilts, my goal is a quilt for each of my immediate family members. I relish in the cool early morning hours that are filled with the sweet songs of a variety of birds that call our large pine tree home. A good book, a homemade quilt under our forest of River Birch trees with a slight breeze and a fresh squeezed lemonade is heaven to me. I love trees.

Why I am a Mormon

“I’m so Happy” is my favorite song. It is the ring tone on my phone. People always ask me why I’m so happy. It started when I was young and I witnessed a contagious cheerfulness in the homes of my friends that were Mormons. I wanted that for me. As I got active in the LDS church I found happiness. The peace that following in the footsteps of Christ has always beckoned to me. I have read and continue to read the Book of Mormon and know that it is the word of God. I know that this way of life brings me happiness. This happiness radiates from others of our faith. I know why I am here and where I am going. I have direction. The Lord has a plan of happiness that so many want but don’t know where to find. I have found it in this church. We have a true Prophet of God on the earth today that gives us continual guidance. I can’t imagine what life would be like without my prayerful relationship with my Father In Heaven. The teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has given me a peace that guides, comforts and leads in these troubled times. “I’m so happy”.

How I live my faith

Throughout the years I have worked with teenaged girls. Visiting others in need and not in need is something that I do weekly. Christ is center in my life. As He said, “as I have loved you, love one another.” Service is a must! Whenever I’m sluggish, or down, I look around for someone to serve. Life is so much better when giving someone a hand up. Whether it is in a visit, a call, a note or just being cheerful with the checker at the grocery store. Bringing light into another one's life is my goal. Those family branches! I connect my family together in my family tree. I gather stories, photos, documents and bring these ancestors to life as I learn more about them. I teach others how to research their families too. Then I teach my little ones about those that came before, so they can gather strength from their ancestors trials, and develop a deep sense of self worth. I love family trees.

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Debbie Anne
We come from all walks of life but what makes these differing lifestyles alike is our focus on living the gospel of Jesus Christ. We attend church, study the scriptures, grow closer to our Lord through personal prayer and giving service. We strive to keep's God's law and in this we find happiness. We send our teenage children and our senior couples on missions to serve and teach throughout the world. We contribute to our communities with our cheerful volunteerism. Show more Show less