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Hi I'm Debbie

I grew up in Oregon, USA. I love sewing quilts, playing chess, and spending time with my family. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a 59 year old wife, mother, daughter, sister, grandmother. My husband and I have been married for 39 years. We met, dated, fell in love, married, and started our family all while we were college students. I graduated with a degree in Spanish and a minor in math. I have lived in many states, but was born and raised in Oregon (USA.) I currently live in Texas (USA.) I have been a stay at home mom, a math teacher, a piano teacher, a volunteer, and many other things. Our children are all grown now, but I still love spending time with them and with their sweet families. We now have 9 adorable grandchildren. Grandchildren are so wonderful! Some of my hobbies are sewing, quilting, learning new things, bike riding, walking for exercise, playing piano, and doing volunteer work.

Why I am a Mormon

As a teenager, I began to wonder about religion--who Jesus Christ was, whether we needed to belong to a Church, even if there was a God. I began to pray to know the answers to my questions. When I was 16 years old, I had a friend who was a Mormon. He invited me to attend church with him. While I was there a college-age young man spoke from the pulpit, sharing some of his personal experiences. Near the end of his talk, he spoke of his great love for his family and for the church. His words touched me and something said to me "this is the church that you should join. It is true." I knew that what I heard was the truth, and felt a warmth deep in my heart and soul. Soon I learned more about the teachings of the Church from the missionaries, and decided to be baptized. I have felt that same feeling, brought by the Holy Ghost, many, many times in my life. I know that God lives, that we are His children, and that Jesus Christ is His only Begotten Son. I know that Jesus Christ was born on Earth, that He taught the way that we should live to be happy, then suffered and died for our sins. I know that Jesus Christ lives and that He knows and understands our pains, our difficulties, our trials, and the things that bring us sadness. Because He understands those things, He is able to give us strength and courage and joy. I know that this Church is God's Church. The Book of Mormon is God's word, as is the Bible. They work together, powerfully, to teach us about Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I believe and try to live the teachings of Jesus Christ. He said that we should "love one another" and "suffer little children...to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven." Currently I play the piano on Sunday in our children's auxiliary. I love hearing children sing songs, especially those about the Savior. I have recently taught daily scripture classes to high school students. What a great opportunity to teach young people about Christ, and to hear their experiences with exercising faith in Him! I have been able to serve in the community by delivering meals to the elderly. The elderly have wonderful lives filled with experience, and I love to hear about their lives and to help them feel more loved and less alone. Recently I participated in building a home, through Habitat for Humanity, for a wonderful younger woman and her two children. I worked alongside many other women, both from our church and from the community.