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Hi I'm Debbie

Hi, I grew up in Boston. I'm a mom with 8 children. We've lived all over the US and now are retired to Utah. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My mom was LDS, but not my dad when they got married. I grew up in Boston in a largely Catholic neighborhood. My mom would take my brother and I on the bus to the only LDS congregation in the area. Eventually, my dad felt sorry for her and he would drive us. Church wasn't close to home so he would wait and attend meetings with us. My dad joined the church when I was 8 years old. These examples of sacrifice by my mom helped me to understand the need for this strong commitment to get my 8 children to meetings. Now they are all married with families of their own and I spend most of my time planning for their visits or spending time visiting them. I love to cook and swim and entertain. I have a husband who is very supportive, whom I love very much. We've been married 45 years.

Why I am a Mormon

My mother was a Mormon. So it falls in line that I should be a Mormon. However, with Mormonism, it is important that each of us finds out for ourselves that this church is true. At the age of 11, in Primary, the children's organization, I memorized D&C 135:3. This scripture is a statement about the mission Joseph Smith. Then at 16, I listened to a talk on the life of Joseph Smith and the many hardships that he had endured. This scripture and this talk had a profound effect on me. Then as I studied more about him, I came to know that what I had been taught was really true. Slowly, but steadily by attending my meetings and personal study and prayer, I have come to know that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world and for me personally has made it possible to be forgiven of any misdeeds in my life and there are many. Classes and meetings at the church have helped me in a huge way to teach my children values and principles and that I may not have otherwise known or cared about.

How I live my faith

We have lived most of our 45 years in various states on east coast of the US. We loved to have people of other faiths in our home for lessons about our church and were very happy to see many of them join in our congregation. I have filled many teaching and leadership positions. As a woman I felt privileged to be able to council with the Bishop (congregation leader) on important matters pertaining to members of our congregation. It was important to me that others knew of my belief and most respected me for it. For example, I believe in keeping the Sabbath day holy which means not shopping, swimming, recreation, etc. on Sunday. My children usually stayed close to home and didn't go out to play with friends. Once a neighbor told me she was jealous that she hadn't started to do that with her children as she envied us the day of peace. When my children were teenagers, I taught a religion class for teenagers that was held in the morning at 6am on school days. It was amazing that these young people would get up so early every day before school for religious classes. They were very committed and were a great example to me. I also worked several years with the women's organization in the church. I found this to be very rewarding. I did things as varied as helping to clean a lady's home who had been ill, to planning and organizing a party for 200 people. Every time I was able to help someone and see a smile on face that hadn't had a smile in a long time, I knew that I was living my religion.