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Hi I'm Denice

I grew up in Bend OR USA. I'm married, have 4 adult married children, and 16 grandchildren.

About Me

I got married and started a family very soon after high school and was not able to attend college. I became a school bus driver when my youngest child started school so my work schedule would go along with school schedules. After 17 years of marriage my first husband and I divorced. I remarried and continued working as a bus driver. I was promoted to routing manager and started attending college classes for a business degree while working 40+ hours a week and with two teenage children still at home. At one point all four of my children and I were attending college. I worked hard to get straight A’s and was very happy to post “my” grades on the fridge along with theirs! I was blessed with several additional promotions and after 26 years in student transportation I retired as Director of Transportation. I seemed to have inherited my Fathers drive to always be busy. Since retirement I’ve been volunteering at our local Wildlife and History museum, I’m on the board of directors for a local group that sends monthly care packages to deployed military members from our area, I volunteer at church, I joined a book club, expanded my family tree through Family History research and I love most of all visiting my four children, children-in-law and my sixteen grandchildren that are scattered across the USA!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because it answers questions I had pondered from the time I was a young child like “why doesn’t God still talk to people like he did in the Bible”, “does he still watch over us”, “why are there so many churches, shouldn’t there be just one church if there is one God”, “if there is a correct church would I be able to recognize it”. When I was in high school I chose to hang out with the Mormon kids because they knew how to have fun without doing things that would get them into trouble like all the drinking and drugs that most of the other kids at school kept bragging about doing. I asked them a lot of questions and they invited me to talk to the Missionaries. My biggest question had always been why doesn’t God still speak the people. When the Missionaries taught me about Joseph Smith I was so intrigued. I had never heard of a church that believed something like this and I wanted to hear everything about this prophet. I read, fasted and prayed to know if what they were teaching me was true. During a Sunday church meeting I was pondering the things that were being taught and the things I observed about these Mormons. I saw such unity among them, young and old, I saw this was not a “Sunday go to meeting” religion, this was something they were committed to living the best they could every day. A feeling came over me that set my inner core on fire. My heart started pounding, my hands were shaking and the Holy Spirit confirmed to me that Joseph Smith truly had a vision, he spoke with God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, he truly was a prophet. If this was true then the Book if Mormon and the Church also had to be true. That was over forty years ago and no matter how tough life has been at times I have never, ever doubted this witness. To paraphrase a statement Joseph made, I know it’s true and I know God knows I know. I love this Gospel, I love my Savior and my Heavenly Father with my whole soul and I am so blessed to have found His church on this earth.

How I live my faith

I've learned so much in my church activity. I learned leadership skills from church callings that gave me the confidence to step up in my career. I also did my best everyday to be an example at work and was very open about my religious beliefs and standards. It was common knowledge that I was a Mormon and didn’t smoke, drink, swear, or tolorate inappropriate humor in my presence. As I advanced in my career the overall demeanor in our work environment moved in the same direction. I would overhear senior employees inform new employees that profanity and vulgarity really wasn’t part of what our department was about. I also learned I have a talent for public speaking and teaching and no fear at addressing large groups of people. I currently teach an early morning, 6:30 AM, Gospel seminary class to juniors in high school. We meet at our church building for a 50 minute gospel study class before school each school day. This takes a real commitment on their part to get up so much earlier than their peers to attend church before school. For my part I get to do two things I really enjoy, study and teach the gospel and work with teenagers. I love teenagers and seeing them beginning to develop into the adults they will become. Reaching out into my community as a volunteer is also part of living my faith, being someone that can be counted on and trusted, willing to help with any task given me with a happy heart, and again setting the example of clean language.