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Hi I'm Dawn

I grew up in eastern Oregon. I work with my husband. We have six children. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a mother of six children. One girl and five boys. Our sixth boy was diagnosed in utero at 20 weeks with Trisomy 18 chromosomal disorder. The doctors expected him to die during pregnancy but I was able to carry him full term. He lived four hours when he was born. While some may say I should have had an abortion when we found out, I have been blessed to know that I helped my son receive a body by carrying him until his birth. The blessings our family received far outweigh the pain of losing him. We had a special experience as we held him in our arms after he was born. We felt a tender mercy from our Heavenly Father as the pain of losing our baby son was gently taken away and we knew that it was done through the grace of God. We felt a calm peace settle over our family and we came to know that life truly does extend beyond this mortal existence and our Heavenly Father is aware and has a plan and a purpose for each of us, including our infant son. In the depths of our sorrow we felt this love and we caught a spiritual glimpse of the work our boy is doing as his part in the plan of his Father in Heaven.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I want to be. I grew up a member but I remain a member because it brings me the greatest happiness. Living the gospel helps me to stay focused on what is truly important: loving others and helping others. I know Jesus Christ is my Savior and I love him. I am grateful for his sacrifice in the garden of Gethsemane and on the cross. He truly can take away our pain, even the pain of losing a child. I will never forget, but I don't have to feel the pain.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by serving in the church. I help teach the young women, specifically those ages 14 and 15, in our ward. We have weekly Sunday and Wednesday meetings where we teach about Jesus Christ and what he has done for us. Our Wednesday activities usually involve serving others in the community or learning a new skill. Our family also has daily family scripture study. Each night before bed we read a chapter (or a part of one) and then sing a hymn and then have family prayer. I have found that has been one of the best family things we do. Lately, everybody gets to share their favorite scripture from the chapter we read. I am finding my children are applying what they read and it is amazing to see their insights.