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Hi I'm Deb White

I have raised 5 children, lived in 24 homes in 6 different United States. I teach people natural healing in Hawaii now.

About Me

I received my degree from BYU in Utah in Child Development/Family Relations and married my college sweetheart and proceeded to create 5 Master's Projects - my kids!! We raised them all over the United States. Now I work with essential oils and teach others natural ways of healing and staying healthy. I have always loved making music of any kind - my first instrument was my voice. Then the piano. And now my new instrument is the ukulele. Movies are another favorite - Fridays you'll find me in the cool, dark theater with a bag of popcorn in my lap enjoying the fantasy of another world. I love order and flow and if I'm stressed, you see me organizing a corner of my world. I live in Hawaii now with my husband and we enjoy the rhythm of the islands and God's beauty. If I could, I would live ON the beach with my toes in the sand. That's where I'm writing my story - kind of a Woulda Coulda Shoulda tale of life from this end of the journey. The water inspires me - it's constancy, it's spontaneity, it's tenacity, it's rhythm, it's awe-inspiring beauty. And it's glorious wetness on a humid, hot day!

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Church - I'm a Mormon from birth. I have chosen a few times to continue being a member at crossroads of life - first as a teenager. I knew that what I'd felt in my heart upon praying and sharing with my church friends was big and important. I felt safe with the standards of the Gospel. It gave me a map to guide me to adulthood without having to suffer some of the things I'd seen my friends experience. When I finished reading the Book of Mormon for the first time at 17, I was given a sure knowledge that the words were true and for me. I find power and strength in the Book of Mormon that I need daily in my world. Again as a young mother, with the demands of babies and running a home, I chose again to hitch my wagon to the LDS Church for life. I recognized that much was expected of an LDS mother but I knew that being a Mormon would help me keep my focus aligned with God. I love to travel and part of my comfort in traveling is knowing that wherever I go to the LDS Church on Sunday, the meetings will be the same, the people will welcome me as part of a big family, I 'm part of a worldwide organization and I am never alone in my experiences on earth. The inspired programs of Visiting Teaching and Home Teaching assure us that each member of our congregation will be visited or contacted each month. This to me demonstrates the incredible worth of the soul in God's eyes - no one is to be overlooked. But most importantly, I am a Mormon because through the LDS Church I have learned the power of the Savior's atonement - that I can access the daily DO OVER. I'm so grateful to Jesus for showing us the path and then walking with us as we self-correct to stay on the path with Him. I'm grateful for repentance because I'm real good at Step One of the process - Sin and Mistakes! I enjoy being part of a group of people who have their eyes turned toward God too. There is to be Joy in the journey - I find that as a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I was a traditional stay-at-home mom for 30 years but 10 years ago I woke up to the knowledge that God was anxiously awaiting to see what I was going to do with my personal eternal destiny and my turn on earth. I began a journey of self-examination and discovery and found out that I'm really cool as I uncover more about my gifts. Then I turn those gifts over to God for guidance in using them to best serve. I want to live like Jesus showed us - with a servant's heart. I have served all age groups in my spiritual journey at church. I have a soft spot for the young ones - 4-8 year olds. Right now I teach the 14-15 year olds in Sunday School and we have the best conversations - they are so wise beyond their times. I enjoy talking with others about their beliefs and have learned so much from friends of different spiritual backgrounds. I have committed to keeping the Sabbath a day set apart and I'm so grateful for a day of worship, rest, family connection, great conversations with friends, and a compelling reason not to fill another day with WORK. I aspire to holding my own personal daily devotional with my Father in Heaven and so far it's hit and miss but I'm getting better. I'm studying right now how to have more sincere and effective prayer - more full of praise, faith, joy and true connection. I'm focused on learning to live from spiritual guidance and not a To Do list - not an easy task for me! I love volunteering for community projects. Habitat for Humanity has my eye right now. We just volunteered at the IronMan World Championships - a place you will be totally inspired by those trying to finish before the time cut off - 17 hours from when they started. I feel family is the prime reason for being here and a sacred calling to love and teach them first in our home and later in their homes. I'm always looking for ways to be better long distance grandparents and of course once a year bringing the older ones over to enjoy our paradise.