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Hi I'm Debi

I'm a mother of two. I'm a happy housewife. I'm a graphic designer. I'm a Latter-day Saint.

About Me

I love to read, garden, and go for walks with my family. I love learning about anything and everything. Recently, my husband and I have decided to homeschool our children. This has given me an even bigger excuse to learn about the world around me. Though I have a degree in graphic design, I felt that staying at home with our children is more important than anything I could do outside the home. I enjoy using my degree in what I do with my family, like maintaining a family website, creating a yearly calendar, and, eventually, making yearbooks for our homeschool.

Why I am a Mormon

My family has been a part of this church since my great-great-great grandparents, but that is not why I am a Mormon. I determined when I was young to know for myself if what was taught in the church was true. I studied hard and I prayed to know for myself. I remember vividly the day I received my answer that Joseph Smith was a true Prophet, and that he had really seen Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. Ever since then I have not been able to talk about Joseph Smith's vision without feeling the Holy Spirit very strongly. I've prayed about other things throughout my life, but nothing has been so powerful. I know Jesus Christ has restored His true church, following the same pattern He used during His mortal ministry. He has given us a foundation of Apostles and Prophets, with He, Jesus Christ Himself, as the Chief Cornerstone. It's a powerful thing. It's a comforting thing. It's a thing I would never do without, and I can never deny. I know it's true.

How I live my faith

I teach the 7-year-old children in our ward (congregation). I love to teach, and seek for opportunities whenever I can. I enjoy giving talks in Sacrament Meeting (our main worship meeting) and lessons in Relief Society (a woman-specific Sunday School class). I thrive on hard questions because they make me research topics more in depth, see things from different angles, and deepen my understanding and testimony of Jesus Christ and His church.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Debi
No, we help as many people as we can. This is an easy misunderstanding because of two things: One of the Visiting and Home Teaching structure of the Church, the other is the Welfare program. These are the most commonly used avenues of help, and they tend to center around other members of the church. Visiting Teachers are female members of the church who visit other female members to make sure they have all they need. Home Teachers are male members of the church who visit families to make sure they have all they need. If there is a need within a congregation, it is usually found out by Home and Visiting Teachers. The Welfare program is primarily offered to members need, but it is not a handout. You are asked to do what you can to repay what you are given. Self-reliance is very important. But beyond these, we have an organized Humanitarian effort. The Church is organized in such a way that when disaster strikes throughout the world members are able to jump in and help everyone in that area with what they need, often arriving before the "professionals" because we use the members of the church who live there. Also, members from around the world donate items to the Humanitarian effort, such as blankets, clothing, and hygiene kits, which are flown to disaster sites as soon as the need is known. Yet even more personal is our belief that Jesus Christ wants us to love our neighbor as ourselves. He wants us as individuals to help our neighbors in our own communities - to get out and serve. We believe that "When ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God." (Mosiah 2:17 in the Book of Mormon). Show more Show less