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Hi I'm Donna

I am a Mom of two amazing teenage boys, career woman, married to my high school sweetheart and became a Mormon 23 years ago!

About Me

I am the proud Mom of two teenage boys who are 17 and 19 years old. I work full-time as an executive of a training consulting firm. We lead a very busy life and in the world we live in, I am so grateful to have our strong faith to keep our family centered. My husband and I met in high school and are celebrating our 29th wedding anniversary this year (2016). We have had challenges like any family but have always remained faithful and strong. I find myself seeking out ways to serve others as much as I can. It is through service that I feel even closer to God. I love to garden and just love having flowers around me! We enjoy traveling and exploring new places. Family vacations are forever cherished memories! I am a life-learner and love people. I find it fascinating to meet people and hear their stories. As I live in the world, I think of each person as my brother and sister and treat them as such. I know we all have hard times, challenges, broken hearts, and joys. I do my best not to judge but instead to open my heart to others. My children always have rolled their eyes when we would be out together shopping, vacationing, or just doing errands and I would talk to everyone. I live what I know. Each of us are sons and daughters of a loving Heavenly Father. So why not get to know one another!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I knew in my soul that there was more to God and searched until I found it. I will forever be grateful for my Catholic upbringing. My Mom was a faithful woman though not a huge church-goer. There were things she questioned. She taught me to pray and to love God and to know he knew and cared about me personally. As I grew older, I experienced God's hand in my life. I carried a prayer in my heart always. God was a constant companion and I knew Jesus Christ was my Savior. I found that some doctrine of the Catholic church was not what I knew to be true in my heart. Though there were many good people, I knew there was more truth somewhere. Our life path led us to meet many Mormons and to see a very clear-eyed assurance of goodness and knowledge in them. We were married and were talking about having a family when we began to seek more. We wanted to find the truth. We were invited by friends to come and learn more about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. We did and felt the Holy Spirit testify of the truths we were hearing. We went to church and then began having the missionaries over to our home to teach us about the Mormon faith. We wanted to KNOW the truth in our own hearts. We wanted to be sure that if we became Mormon, it was because we knew the truth and would be committed to teaching our future children this truth. We prayed about the Book of Mormon, we read it, we prayed about the lessons from the missionaries. We received an overwhelming confirmation of truth. I know that the Book of Mormon goes hand-in-hand with the Bible and is another true testament of Jesus Christ as our Savior. I love our church and I know that I am a better person because of it. I know that our children are better people because of the foundation they have in faith. I know the world would be a better place if everyone had the gospel of Jesus Christ in their life to lead and direct them. I know it is there for everyone. Just ask.

How I live my faith

I live my faith every day of my life in everything that I do. I am active in my church working with the young women youth organizing events and teaching them on Sundays. I love that what we teach is how to apply the gospel and the teachings of Christ to our everyday lives. It makes the conversations so much richer. I am always amazed to hear about the very hard challenges that our youth face in the world today. Peer pressure, overuse of alcohol, drugs and social media offer significant challenges to our youth. Not only do I serve our youth at church, I also serve our youth at the high school as PTO President. Part of our work at our high school was to start a parent and student awareness program called It Takes a Village. We bring in speakers to discuss the many challenges facing teens today. I serve on a coalition for our town helping to address the epidemic of drug abuse that is facing our country and communities. I feel that we are all children of a kind and loving Heavenly Father. I look for the light of Christ in all whom I meet with my goal being to help them see their own light and to grow it to shine brightly for all to see. I live my faith through my dedication to my family and extended family. Our home is the "meeting place" for everyone to join together and make memories! We live on a lake and I love to see all the friends of my sons come to visit and have fun times. We have many family reunions, gatherings, and fun traditions at our home. I know that the most important thing in this life is the love of family! A leader in our church has said there is no success outside of the home to make up for failure in the home. I live and breathe that. I chose a company that would allow me to work from my home to allow me to be closer to my kids and have flexibility to join them on school activities. Family is forever and the greatest blessing to us all!

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Mormon missionaries talk about Jesus Christ and how his atonement helps us all in our everyday lives. They teach about the great plan of salvation and how we are here on the earth to grow and learn. They will teach about the beliefs of our faith and ask you to pray about them. They will read from the Bible and Book of Mormon and ask you to pray about the truth of the Book of Mormon. Our son is now serving a mission in Canada and I know from all of his experiences and stories that the missionaries are truly called of God. God uses the missionaries to find you. Much like apostles and missionaries of old in the Bible, our missionaries are here to help teach and bring people closer to God. The missionaries are not pushy or self-righteous. They are kind and knowledgeable. They will meet you where you are in your spiritual journey and help you to find more truth for yourself. They may invite you to attend church so you can experience our Sunday church services. As a convert to the Mormon church, I found that the missionaries always brought a peaceful spirit to our home. The Holy Spirit testified to me of the truth of their messages. It was my dream to have our own children go on missions. We are just thrilled to have our oldest son 5 months into his mission and our younger son planning to go. Many of their friends have also gone this year - young men and young women all serving in faith and love! Invite a missionary in to your home and I promise you will feel the spirit. Show more Show less