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Hi I'm Donna Davis

I'm a 73-year-old woman living in Utah with my husband of 54 years and I've recently written an historical novel about my mother.

About Me

I was not brought up in a family where I was taught gospel principles, but my parents were good people who taught their children good values. When we moved to Utah, my friends invited me to Primary and that is where I learned about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Our family had good home teachers and they visited our family faithfully. When it came time to be baptized, our home teachers gave our family lessons to help me prepare and my baptism day was very memorable. My younger sister and I walked to the church and she watched me be baptized. I knew I had done something very special and as my sister and I walked home, we held hands and she said she wanted to get baptized someday too. The next day, the two of us walked to sacrament meeting and I was confirmed. Again, I knew something really wonderful had happened to me. Eventually, my parents started going to church with us children and when I was 17 years old, we were sealed as an eternal family in the Manti Temple. I grew up knowing I wanted an eternal family and have been richly blessed. My husband and I were married in the Salt Lake Temple on July 12, 1963. We've been blessed with four children, all of whom were likewise married in the Salt Lake Temple and we have 20 grandchildren, the oldest on a mission in Brazil. Living gospel principles prepared us to manage the many challenges of our lives.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because The Plan of Salvation is real. The Gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored by the Prophet Joseph Smith in its entirety and we are led by a living prophet today. I need the direction given by our prophet and I'm thankful for this blessing. I am a Mormon because I want to know about all of the ordinances necessary to make sure I am fully aware and prepared for the next phase of my eternal life.

How I live my faith

My husband and I are in the winter of our mortal existence. We have both determined that we will keep our temple covenants by serving our Father in Heaven as well as we are able. We have served two full-time foreign missions and we both have ward callings. I hope when we get to the point that we are feeble, we'll still look for opportunities to serve in some way. I really believe I need to serve others in any way possible as long as I am in this mortality.

How can faith in Jesus Christ influence us in our marriages and family relationships? in our friendships?

Donna Davis
When I think about faith in Jesus Christ, I think about His being the only begotten of the Father and His being selected and accepting of the responsibility of atoning for our sins. In this same light, I recognize everyone who has ever lived, who does now live and who will yet live is a spirit child of God sent to this earth to live a mortal existence and work out our individual salvation. We do this by becoming familiar with what is expected of us according to the Plan of Salvation. I need to be baptized by someone with authority to perform that ordinance and I need to take upon myself sacred covenants, available with proper authority in a place specifically provided in this earthly setting. When I keep all my covenants to the very best of my ability, I will be blessed with more opportunities as I pass into the next realm of my eternal existence. Knowing that all mankind is also my spirit brothers and sisters helps me to keep my life in proper perspective. I want to be kind to others, I want to help my fellow sojourners to understand our purpose here on this earth, I want to be a better example of what makes life enjoyable. There are many trials in life and mine is no exception, but with the outlook I have developed, I'm able to see things from an eternal perspective and realize that the most important thing I can do is to keep my covenants. In eternal life, those trials will no longer be an issue. I want everyone I meet to have that same assurance. Show more Show less