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Hi I'm Donna!

I grew up with no religious background but often went to various churches with friends. I became an LDS convert in 1978 & love it!

About Me

I'm a convert to the church. I joined when I was twenty one years old and at the time, I was living in Los Angeles, working two jobs, and was on a year-long waiting list to work and train as an apprentice makeup artist. In the meantime, I discovered the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and it has changed my whole life for the best. As I look back now, if I had gotten into the film industry, I would probably be a mess by now. It's one decision that I've never regretted making! I'm currently married to a retired naval officer and we have one son, Matthew. I homeschooled him through seventh grade and he is now attending the high school where his dad teaches, and is preparing and planning for college. I'm a former massage therapist, but had to put that career on hold for awhile. I'm now in the process of getting re-certified and starting my own massage business again. I have a passion for learning everything I can and am always taking some kind of class or course, or learning on my own on the internet. I spent the last three years learning the various aspects of online marketing using websites, blogs, articles, video, social media, and so forth . . . and I plan on using these things in marketing my business. I've also learned how to do my own graphics and create my own self-hosted websites. When I have spare time, I love doing crafts and teaching others, reading, photography, woodworking, cooking and baking, and sharing the gospel online.

Why I am a Mormon

My entire conversion story is too long for the amount of space I have here, but I will be putting up a website soon with videos, blogs, stories, and other items of interest. I'll come back and post the url link once it's up and running. But in short, after spending years reading the Bible and searching for truth, once I started going to various churches with different friends and finding out how much they differed in their understanding of the scriptures, things just didn't seem to fit together. I have always been a deep thinker and found that not many could answer all of my questions . . . that is, until I came across the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. How I discovered the church is a miracle in itself, but once I started reading the Book of Mormon together with the Bible, and started to really dig around in researching things, I was amazed and excited about the things I found. The missing pieces of the puzzle all started coming together and everything that was confusing before, were all of a sudden clear and plain as day. The one thing I've learned is that in order to find truth, we must have a pure desire in our hearts. Too many people want to try and prove things wrong. That's a sign of a prideful heart and searching after our own desires. If we are willing to put things to the test and try to see if they're right rather than wrong, we will often be surprised at how much the Lord will open up our eyes, minds, and hearts. The Holy Ghost will testify to us and will teach and reveal things to us if we are humble and have a pure heart that is searching for truth and righteousness (See John 14:26; Acts 5:32; Luke 2:26; Romans 8:27; 1 Chronicles 28:9). One of the greatest joys of the gospel is knowing who I am, where I came from, and where I'm going after death. Knowing the Plan of Salvation and how the Lord is the same today as yesterday, and loves us just as much today as he did his children anciently brings great peace and comfort to my heart.

How I live my faith

I am trying to live my life the way my Father in Heaven would want me to. There's one thing I learned a long time ago and that is whether someone is LDS or not, NO ONE is perfect. Sometimes people look at Mormons and are so quick to judge them because they think we're supposed to be perfect; we're not. But our goal is to try and be as perfect as we possibly can by following the Savior's example, by doing what he asks us to do which is to keep and obey the commandments of God. Sometimes in this world it's a little easier said than done, but as long as we keep on trying we're making some progress. I try to treat others as I would like to be treated, and I also try to be honest, loyal, trustworthy, and a friend to everyone. After all, we are all brothers and sisters in the eyes of God.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

One of the things I noticed about this church was that unlike many of the other pastors and ministers I had talked with during my search for God and truth, they didn't try and push their beliefs on me and didn't aggressively try to get me to come to their meetings. In fact, they were the first ones who had ever told me to think about the things they were teaching me and then to kneel before God in humble and sincere prayer, and ask Him whether or not these things I've heard are true. It seemed so simple and yet, how many of us really think to do that? Our attitude plays a big part in whether or not we receive an answer. The key is humility and sincerity, and the willingness to give up our will and desires to accept and do God's will for us. That means not praying to get the answers WE want, but to sincerely have the desire to do what HE wants, no matter WHAT the answer may be. We can't hide the secret desires of our hearts because the Lord will search our hearts and He knows whether we are truly sincere or not (Psalms 44:21; 139:23; Jeremiah 17:10; Romans 8:27). He promises: Moroni 10:4 - 5 4 And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost. 5 And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things. Show more Show less