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Hi I'm Debbie

I grew up in a small town in Ontario, Canada. I'm a writer and newspaper correspondent. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a writer and newspaper correspondent. My assignments have brought me into the homes of military veterans, grieving families, and those who are celebrating personal victories. I have announced the return of a missing soldier's remains from WWII, the selection of a girl with Down Syndrome as prom queen, a boy whose lemonade stand raises money for wheelchairs, and many other inspiring stories of service and caring in my community. Their stories continue to inspire me and my family to serve in our community. I have spent many years serving as the president of the museum board of trustees, the vice-president of the library board, a director of the folk fest international dance festival, chairman of our annual city celebration and a literacy volunteer. I love volunteering in our community especially with my husband and 4 children. We also enjoy serving in our Mormon church and participating in humanitarian projects sponsored by the church. We have made many happy memories together For several years I have written a monthly book review column for the newspaper where I try to include and promote good books written by local authors. I enjoyed researching and writing a book about life in a coal mining town that was placed in all the schools in my state.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents invited the missionaries into their home when I was a child. They listened with open hearts and minds and studied and prayed for several months. They gave up smoking, tea and coffee, alcohol and even golf on Sundays. I knew they sacrificed much to become members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and I knew they received great blessings because of their faith and obedience. I was blessed to believe, never doubting, when I heard the gospel message as a young child. I was happy to be baptized when I was old enough at age 8. The small congregation, made up of also recently baptized members, embraced and nurtured my family. Still today, when I walk into that chapel my family helped build, elderly members of the congregation hug me and even give me peppermints like they did when I was a child. There are many good and kind people in all church congregations but the difference for me is that the true teachings of Jesus Christ are found here. That there is a living prophet to guide this church today also anchors me and brings me joy.

How I live my faith

By bringing great stories to the news media, I am able to share what I believe are some of the small but great things happening in our community. Of course not every story I write has a happy ending, but every story can be uplifting and bring people closer together. I serve as the president of our church women's organization, called the Relief Society. I love the name Relief Society! We bring relief to those we help. Whether it is bringing a meal to a new mother, visiting an elderly neighbor, weeding a flower bed, or comforting someone who is mourning the loss of a family member, we show our love for Jesus Christ and his children when we love and serve our neighbors.