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Hi I'm Dawn

I'm a wife, mother and grandmother. I'm a nurse living in a small town. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a wife, a mother and a grandmother. I live in a small rural town in Louisiana and work as a nurse at the health unit. I enjoy music and recently starting taking piano lessons, something I've always wanted to do. I enjoy sports but I'm alot better as a fan than a participant! But what I enjoy most is spending time with my family. It doesn't matter what we're doing as long as we're doing it together!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a sixth generation Mormon here in my small town. I was born to parents who had a strong testimony of this faith and they reared me by the teachings of the gospel. But everyone, no matter their background, at some point has to receive their own testimony of the gospel of Christ, everyone has to be converted. My conversion came when I left home at age 18 and went to college in a town about 2 hours away from my parents. I was asked to teach the 3 year olds in Primary, the organization of the church for children ages 18 months to 12 years old. One Sunday I had been invited by my friends to go to the state fair. I left church and left my classroom of little 3 year olds to meet my friends for a fun filled Sunday afternoon. As I drove away from the church, I was excited about the day ahead of me. But the more I drove, the more sadness filled my soul. I wondered what I was doing. I knew that the choice I had made that day was not pleasing to my Heavenly Father. I was not honoring the Sabbath, nor was I honoring my parents. I think that day my own testimony of this sacred work, this wonderful plan of happiness, began to development. And now, 25 years later, I am still committed to the gospel of Christ. I know it is the only way to be truly happy and have total peace in our lives. Just because your a member of this church and just because you have a testimony of this work, doesn't mean you don't still have problems, disappointments, and sadness. But what you have that is different, is hope, faith and trust that helps you get through these trying times always knowing God has a plan just for you and just for your life here on earth. I know God lives and I know He loves me. I know He hears and answers all my prayers in a way that is best for me. I know He provided me with a Savior, even Jesus Christ, who paid the price for me on Calvary's Hill. My Savior lived for me, He died for me and He now lives for me and He pleads for me at the throne of my Father in Heaven. This gives me direction and focus in my life. I know I can return to live with my Heavenly Father and my Savior and I know I can be with my family forever. Nothing gives me greater peace than this testimony that I have.

How I live my faith

I know a testimony is fragile. And I know that I cannont help someone come to know the truths that I know and enjoy unless I have a testimony of these truths myself. Two of the most important things I do each day is have my personal prayer and personal scripture study. Doing these two things helps me to accomplish my responsibilities for the day. I work at a public health unit and see many people who face many challenges. My faith in Jesus Christ and His plan of salvation helps me know how to give counsel and hope to those I meet each day. I also have the blessing of serving in Primary. I know all children need to be taught of the Lord. And my faith increases each time I can teach one of these precious little ones.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Dawn
One of the greatest blessings of this gospel is the principle of free agency. This simply means we can make our own choices. Though no one is required to serve a mission, our prophet has counseled our boys to prepare for and look forward to the opportunity to serve. Our boys are expected to serve two years and take the gospel of Christ to those who have not had the opportunity to receive it. This in not expected of our girls but they too can have this opportunity if they choose to. But I have first hand knowledge of how serving a mission can bless the life of the missionary as well as bless his family and all those he has the opportunity to teach. My son is currently serving a mission in California. And although I miss him dearly, I wouldn't have him doing anything else at this time in his life. The blessings that are coming from his choice to serve the Lord are amazing. He is happy, he is progressing and he is developing characteristics that will be of great worth to him not only for this life but for the eternities as well. And as a family, we have felt the love of our Heavenly Father and our Savior, Jesus Christ greater now than at any other time of our lives. We have a greater desire to be kind to each other at home, to better fill our responsibilities in our ward and to serve in our community. Serving a mission may not be a requirement, but the blessings that come from the choice to serve are something I wish all people could experience. Show more Show less