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Hi I'm Dee

I grew up in Newark, NJ, where I studied art. I converted to the LDS Church while living in Germany. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My life revolves around my family. With five children, seven grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren, every day is interesting. Growing up without knowledge of my extended family has helped me value the work of genealogy, and family history is my favorite hobby. Now that I am retired, it is delightful to pursue reading, writing, needlework, and visiting with friends and family.

Why I am a Mormon

The decision to be baptized was easy to make. Two young missionaries came to the door and presented me with the story of Joseph Smith's First Vision. The Holy Spirit bore witness of the truthfulness of their words to my heart and mind immediately. I had always loved the Savior, Jesus Christ, and longed to hear of His true Church. I am a Mormon because I want to show my grattitude to the Lord for the atonement by obedience to His commandments and faithfully following in His footsteps. Membership in the true Church of Jesus Christ has been the greatest blessing I could ever have in mortality, and provides me with the opportunities I need to learn and serve in a manner pleasing to my Father in Heave.

How I live my faith

Each day begins with family prayer with my husband. Our home is a sacred sanctuary, where we hope the Savior will always feel welcome. The hours are filled with scripture study, attending to the requirements of keeping orderly surroundings, and serving family and community. I have callings in the Church, and many assignments given as needed by my leaders. Without prompting, I am expected to see where there is a need to minister to another and take care of that need. I may spend a few hours with my special-needs granddaughter, prepare and deliver a meal to another family, teach a lesson at Church, send a note of encouragement, or work on research for family history. At least once a month, my husband and I attend the Mormon Temple in Washington, D.C., for the day. Each day is filled with happiness, because I am trying my best to live in accordance with my beliefs.

What is being a Mormon like?

Our membership in the Church blesses every aspect of our lives; because being a Mormon is a way of life, not just a doctrine which we accept. We covenant with the Lord to make every principle of the gospel a motivating force in our lives. For example: we believe that our bodies are a gift from God, and that we are held accountable by Him for their care; therefore, we take care of our bodies by eating nutritiously, practicing proper hygiene, maintaining a safe body weight, and excercising regularly. We struggle with the same issues as do others, such as avoiding junk foods and keeping those extra pounds off; but we know the reasons and the answers. Our culture is family centered, and parents have responsibility for teaching their children about God and what God expects of them. We spend a great deal of time and effort in providing a loving, safe environment in which our children can grow and learn; and we have wonderful resources to help us. Because we can see how much our Heavenly Father cares for us, our love for our fellow man is deepened. Compassionate service, without expectation of a reward, is a natural part of our everyday lives. We are a happy people, anxious to share the joy we have with everyone else. Show more Show less