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Hi I'm Debbie

I'm a fourth generation Mormon. My great-grandparents joined the Church in Denmark and Wales after hearing missionaries preach.

About Me

I am a mom of four children and a grandmother to eleven grandchildren. They are my greatest joys! My husband and I love to walk, ride bikes, ski, play tennis, garden, hike, read, and play with our family. Grandparent Day gives us a chance to be with one or two of our grandchildren at a time and enjoy what they are interested in. We are newly retired and are figuring out how to use our time wisely.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was 15 years old, the missionaries needed someone to practice teaching, so along with my mother and sisters they taught us the lesson on the Plan of Salvation. My parents loved the Lord and had taught us of Him as we were growing up, so this doctrine was not new to me. Yet, it was a moment of reawakening. It was familiar; but the difference this time hearing it was that I felt light coming into my mind and warmth in my soul. I knew the Holy Ghost was telling me this was true. Many years later our 20-year-old daughter died suddenly. I was not with her. I was shocked and shaken to my core. Throughout that night I plead with God to let me know where she was, and to help me accept her passing. After a time I felt my Savior's love. Although unspoken, the message that gave me peace was knowing that our little girl was in His care. He knew her and loved her. This was not a punishment, but a blessing. I knew I could go forward. The Plan of Salvation gives me hope of being with her again some day. That is why I try to live the Gospel and keep the commandments, so those promises will become realities. I know Christ lived and that He gave His life so that His Father's perfect plan could be carried out.

How I live my faith

I have loved teaching children and teenagers music, reading, writing and practical life skills. I grew to love good music from my mother who saw that I practiced the piano diligently. My piano teachers motivated me to share my gift. Accompanying my own children on their instruments, or choirs or ensembles has brought me great joy and satisfaction. I love learning, so I read a lot! The scriptures are dear to me because they teach me of my Savior.

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Debbie
We are all God's spiritual children. We came to earth to receive a physical body and to learn how to choose between good influences in our lives and those that are not. Life is a school wherein we experience opposition: joy and sorrow, peace and turmoil, hope and despair, gratitude and selfishness, and many others. Every day we are tested to see what choices will mold our lives, and which voices we will follow. God organized us to live in families so we can practice loving, giving, serving, lifting, and listening. We take those skills out into the world in our careers and communities. He has promised us that as we choose good over evil and honor Him by keeping His commandments we can be rejoined with our families in life after death. Those relationships we have built on earth can continue in eternity. Show more Show less