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Hi I'm Deann

I was born and raised in Utah. I love the outdoors. I love being a mom and a grandmother. I love to write. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I come from a large family. There were 8 children, of which I was #5. My younger brothers, who were twins, were born 15 months after I was. My father and I became very good buddies my early growing up years. We loved being outside and I grew up without the TV and computer. We had lots of outdoor adventures, and I loved to climb trees. My father and I were always looking for the perfect tree climbing tree for me to climb. I loved to be up where I could see far and be alone for quiet reflection. We loved to camp as a family during the summer and during the winter, loved to go ice skating and sledding. I graduated from Technical School soon after my graduation from HIgh School. I chose Dental Assisting as my career. I have enjoyed working in the Dental Field. My husband and I, when we married, wanted me to be able to be home when we started our family (which was soon after our marriage; 9 months and 27 days). We have not regretted me being a stay at home mom. We had 6 children; 3 boys and 3 girls. I didn't start back to work part time until our oldest son was ready to serve a mission. Our youngest was 5 years old. Through the years I have had some adversity and challenges. One of my younger brothers, who struggled with addictions, took his own life soon after our second grandchild was born. Our youngest daughter experienced and unwed pregnancy soon after her graduation from High School. Her choice to place her baby for adoption was out of love for her child and his future.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in an LDS family. Being in the church my whole life has not been without its fair share of challenges. I remember many times becoming converted to a certain principle of the gospel after a trial of my faith. It has become a life long process of learning and testimony building. I love being a member of this Church. I love the challenges to stretch and grow where it perhaps would be easy to remain in my comfort zone. I love the opportunities I have had to share my creative talents and abilities and to learn and grow in ways that perhaps would not have been available to me. I remember very vividly a choice I made early in my life to be a Temple Worthy member of the Church. That choice has helped me in so many ways in the decisions I have had to make with friends and peers, and made my life so much easier and clearer in the path that I chose. I have a sweet testimony of the Savior and the wonderful gift he has given to each of us through His Infinite Atonement. It has taught me to never give up hope. I have a testimony of Prayer and the answers that come through faithfulness and obedience to all of God's commandments. I testify the influence of the Holy Spirit in my life directing my path and choices I have had to make. And the comfort I have received from time to time from the Holy Ghost. I am so aware of a Loving Heavenly Father who directs my journey on this Earth. And when things are difficult, allows me to lay my burdens at his feet. I am so thankful for the Book of Mormon and the direction it has given me in my life, raising my family, and directing choices I have had to make. I know it is a divine book, as another Testament of Jesus Christ. I have a testimony of the Prophet Joseph Smith, who as a young boy was given a humbling responsibility to assist God in bringing His gospel back to this earth. I testify that we have a living prophet today that directs us and is communion with God to bring to pass the salvation and eternal life of man.

How I live my faith

I currently am serving a Full time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day saints with my husband. This has been a hope and dream we have shared since we first married. A desire that we have had to share the very things that have made up the fabric of our own lives and brought us so much happiness and joy. It isn't just a Church, it is a more perfect way of life. I know it to be true, and so totally agree that it is the more complete way to live our lives to prepare to return to our Heavenly Father. It has become a personal journey to show the good, and share the joy. We are currently trying to inspire those around us to make choices that will have eternal consequences of good. That will pave the way for a more perfect way to live and love. We are working on providing opportunities for those not familiar with the Church to become acquainted with how things are run in our Church, and share our beliefs, in an open forum at a Missionary Open House. Where questions can be asked, and questions can be answered to dispel myths that people may have that aren't familiar with our faith. It has become a journey of love to provide understanding. We will soon be organizing an Emergency Preparedness Seminar that will involve the community we live in, that will address the needs and wants that may present themselves in the event of a disaster or emergency situation. We hope to educate the people of the need to prepare themselves for the unknown. And to share the information with their loved ones. The scriptures teach, "If ye are prepared ye shall not fear." I think this scripture refers to things temporally as well as spiritually. This journey we have in this life gives us experience and helps us to return to where we came from, to live with our Heavenly Father. I have been given the opportunity to work with leaders of the different Auxiliaries in our Church where we provide activities that enhance and enrich the lives of people of all ages; children, youth & adults.