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Hi I'm Debrah

I am a wife, mother & grandmother. I am retired school teacher, a college professor in Shanghai & a Neurolinguist, oh & a Mormon.

About Me

Warm greetings to you. Who am I? That is a big one. I am a wife, mother to 5 children & grandmother to 16. I am a neurolinguist or NLP'er, & a life coach. I enjoy helping people make positive changes in their lives. I am a college professor. I taught for 5 years in China at SJTU and Tongji. I was a special needs teacher for 15 years. We had our own Special Olympics Team, the Minico Spuds. We went to the world games to meet the athletes in 2009. I taught Kindergarten and first grade. I teach with passion & love. I counseled exchange students. We welcomed many students from all over the world into our home. My children were"colorblind." They did not see the color of a person's skin, but only the warmth of hearts. I love to dance. I taught ballet for 30 years and had a drill team. In China I danced with the ladies and we joined with thousands of others to break a Guinness Book of Records record. It was so fun! I love to perform in local shows. I am not a lead, but enjoy bit parts.

Why I am a Mormon

My belief in Jesus as my personal Savior is deep and strong. It is a part of my DNA and reverberates in my soul.

How I live my faith

I am a Senior Citizen & have served in my church all of my life. My hubby & I will soon go to Vanuatu to serve the world as welfare missionaries. I hope the mosquitoes do not like me! Maybe my greatest area of service was with the Boy Scouts of America where I served for 34 years. I was a leader over day camps, and trainings. I served on the district as a chairman and as a commissioner. I went to Woodbadge and earned my beads. With my family we went to Philmont Scout Ranch many times, camping down and back and strengthening our family bonds. Scouting was different then and it was the best vehicle around to teach leadership skills not only for youth, but for adults as well. Two summers we, as a family, worked at Scout Camps. They were good years. I have my Silver Beaver. I have taught in Primary and Relief Society most of my life. I am a teacher. I am passionate about what I teach. I love to share the gospel. I can lead music. One day when I was still in college our ward needed a music director for the little children in Primary. Someone stuffed a Children's Song Book in my hands and told me to go learn to lead music because I would be leading them next week. I did, I learned and the next week I lead the music and have been doing it somewhere ever since. Because Scouting leaders were desperately needed, I was never given a leadership responsibility in our ward. Instead my leadership skills were honed in the community. My husband & I went to China as BYU China Teachers. We were only going to stay 1 year, but we fell in love with the good people of China. There we spent 4 years as the Single Adults Advisers. It was so much fun! Depending on the needs & the years we had Family Home Evenings, Movie Nights and lots of dinners at our home. We watched Church Conference together and we did fun things like Lazer Tag. That was the best! Sundays we always had a meal. It is good to "break bread" together. I had a crock pot always filled with a savory surprise.

What is the purpose of the welfare services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

I have spend considerable time studying Traditional Chinese Medicine. They have a fascinating concept called holism. NLP shares a similar concept called the Field Mind and we as a holon. This concept is that we are all a part of something and everything is a part of us. We are fractals. From this emerged the idea in my mind that if we are all indeed interconnected both to each other and to the entire universe, anything we do will affect everything. Some people refer to this as the butterfly effect. To me it is even much farther and deeper reaching. As I do good in the world I affect not only myself and those around me, but the entire world and even the entire universe. That is mind boggling. So with this belief, when I experience something I do not like in the world, I go out and do a good turn. I trust and beleive that this will make the world and even our entire universe a bit gentler and kinder in some small way. My husband and I are now looking forward to serving a welfare mission in Vanuatu. We are excited to head out on this adventure.We may not do anything big and important, but we will make a difference in people's lives as we use the skills we have developed and honed over a lifetime to make a small corner of about 80 islands in our beautiful world a bit better. Christ taught the Gospel of Love. What a powerful concept this is. As we serve our fellow man we will spread the love and light of our Savior throughout the his creations. I'm excited! Show more Show less