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Hi I'm Deb

Having faith in the gospel of Jesus Christ is a gift of the spirit I have always known. I'm a Mormon!

About Me

Just yesterday I was expressing to a friend that I've never really had anything that I've been all-consumingly passionate about. After all these years I still don't know how I feel about that. I'd have to say I'm mediocre at best in most things but that never stopped me from trying a lot of different things. For example, I've played some sports, love the outdoors, participated with dance, love the outdoors, went to college, love the outdoors, traveled in Europe, served a mission to Uruguay, love the outdoors and raised kids all while enjoying the blessings of the gospel to pad my falls over the bumps and bruises in life. Oh look, I guess my passion is I love the outdoors ;)

Why I am a Mormon

Forty-six years of my life were spent in central Washington where there were relatively few members of the LDS church and measurably fewer members in the earlier years. Upon hearing that I was one of 9 kids, the follow-up question was always - "Are you Catholic or Mormon?" Being LDS meant that my religious beliefs differed from most of my peers and became more apparent through the years as we each tried on our independence. I definitely made my share of mistakes and have learned some things the hard way. But I knew what would ultimately bring me lasting joy and peace so I never abandoned trying to live the principles of the gospel I had been taught. One of the things that surprised me most as I heard friends talk about the God they learned of in their respective congregations was that he was a vengeful God. A God of hell-fire and brimstone. A God of punishment. A God of damnation. This God was totally foreign to me. The God I had been taught of was a God of love. A God of long-suffering and endless patience. A God of encouragement, forgiveness and mercy. A God of salvation. This is the God I learned of at church which filled me with faith in Christ's teachings and hope in God's great plan of happiness for ALL of His children through the atonement of Jesus Christ. It's about love. Live your religion the best you know how and let it make of you the best version of yourself you can possibly be. Live like His Son!

How I live my faith

Serving others is one of the basic tenets and practices of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I've found over the years that "never suppressing a generous thought" has been one of the most rewarding ways to serve others. It's the small and simple choices we make each day that create the person we are. I'm choosing to be more like the Savior and He's willing to work with me and wait for me and forgive me over and over again in all my shortcomings. I'd say Christ and I are perfectly suited to each other as well as perfectly matched. And that's forever!!

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Are we "saved by Grace?" Yes. Absolutely, totally, completely, thankfully—yes! But there's more to it. Are we "changed by Grace?" That's the real question!! When the Apostle Paul said, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me,” he was describing grace. Grace is divine power that enables us to handle things we can’t figure out, can’t do, can’t overcome, or can’t manage on our own. We all know what “overwhelmed” feels like. Mortality gives us a first-hand experience with the reality that without the Lord, we are nothing. If there are times when you think, “I can’t handle my children, or my checkbook, or my illness, or the urge to eat brownies at midnight, or the lack of a husband, or the lack of a good husband, or a family who doesn’t appreciate me, one more day,” you’re not alone. The Savior’s divine empathy is perfect, so He knows how to help us. He rarely moves the mountains in front of us, but He always helps us climb them. He does so by grace! Because of Him, we don’t have to confront grief or insecurity or an addiction alone. With His help, we can resist temptation. With His help, we can change, forgive those who’ve hurt us, and start over. With His help, we can become our true selves. With His help, our capacity and energy can increase. With His help, we can be happy regardless of our current situation. With His help we can become more like the Savior. With His help, His grace, we can change!! Show more Show less