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Hi I'm Dawn

I LOVE children; I have 6 children and 16 grandchildren. I also worked with children in a pediatric dental office. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the oldest of 6 children; I was born while my father was serving in the Army. Though he did not stay in the military, we moved several times as I was growing up. I feel that having lived in several homes in different places, I grew up learning how to make new friends, and how to "hang on" to old friends. I graduated from BYU with a degree in Child Development/Family Relationships, because all I really wanted to do in my life was to be a good mother and raise good children. We have been blessed with 6 children, and we now have 16 grandchildren, with one more expected soon. It was not always easy being a parent, and I have learned that you are ALWAYS a parent, even after they leave home. I LOVE being a grandma...it's so much fun to spoil your grandchildren and then send them home! I feel that grandparents can play a good and important role in the life of their grandchildren. My grandchildren love the stories I tell them about when their parents were little...they are the stories they always ask for! I worked in a pediatric dental office for over 20 years, and retired last year to prepare to serve a mission with my husband. I have been waiting for this opportunity for almost 40 years! We are looking forward to serving our mission in South Africa. I feel that I am most happy when I am helping and serving others, for that is one way I can be most like the Savior.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born to parents who were members of the LDS church; I have ancestors on both sides of my family that were pioneers in early church history. Some sacrificed much to join the church in England, and were disowned by their families. Some lost family members as they crossed the plains in wagons and handcarts to find a place where they could practice their religion in peace. I feel that I have a strong heritage to live up to, and that the sacrifices I am asked to make for my religion are small compared to theirs. I was raised in a home by parents that were not perfect, but that tried to teach me the gospel of Jesus Christ, who wanted me to gain my own testimony of its truthfulness. There comes a time in everyone's life where you can no longer do things because you believe it's right...or because your parents have always told you it is right...but you have to know for yourself. That happened to me in high school, and my testimony has continued to grow through the experiences I have had in my life. I know that God loves me and wants me to be happy. I know that I can be happiest in my life when I am keeping the commandments and staying close to my Heavenly Father and my Savior. I can receive comfort and strength to deal with the challenges that inevitably arise in all our lives, and I am grateful to know that there is always Someone there that cares about me.

How I live my faith

In my congregation I have worked with the young children (teaching them lessons and also teaching them songs), the teenagers (most recently, I participated with them in the cultural celebration prior to the dedication of our nearby temple) and with the women of our ward. I currently am a visiting teacher to several women who have some serious health issues: one is undergoing treatment for cancer, one almost died from a sepsis infection following a surgery, and another one who is dealing with many of the issues of the elderly. I love helping these sisters and others who need help with everything from meals, house cleaning, driving them to appointments, or just listening to them and showing that I care about them. I feel that I can best serve my Savior by serving others.

What is the Relief Society?

I belong to an organization of women that love God and are trying to serve Him by serving their families and others as best they can. This organization is called the Relief Society. Often as mothers, wives, sisters, daughters, and caregivers, we feel that we fall short; but we can receive encouragement and understanding and good ideas through the other women that we associate with in Relief Society. I can visit a Relief Society meeting in Arizona, Russia, Hawaii, Texas or Washington, D.C. and know that I will be able to be accepted, uplifted, and understood. It is a great feeling to know that you are surrounded by other women who believe what you believe and are willing to help you with whatever you need. Show more Show less