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Hi I'm Dawna

I grew up in Seattle. I'm a mother of three just starting school. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I married quite young, age 22, and had three children. I've worked office jobs and in real estate. Now that my youngest is entering school I'm going to college for nursing. I feel the best when I'm using my brain learning new things. I've been in and out of school several times since high school and probably will be for the rest of my life. I've also changed career paths several times-- still don't know what I want to be when I grow up. I love the outdoors, but not sleeping in it. I love my kids but also doing things just for myself. I love a good book, a rich piece of chocolate, my five-minute workout, movies at home, and being around friends. Real friends, though, that you can have lettuce in your teeth in front of and just laugh about it instead of freak out.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in an LDS family and we were very devout. But in my late teens my parents divorced and my father fell away from the church. That's when all us eight kids had to figure out for ourselves the path we wanted to follow. I stopped going to (the LDS) church for a couple years but always felt drawn back to it. After breaking up with a boyfriend I decided I was going to commit to going to church. When I came back for real I had such a good spiritual feeling and I never wanted that to go away. I married in the LDS temple soon after and have looked at my past experiences as a strength rather than a hindrance.

How I live my faith

At church I work with the young children ages 3-12. I keep track of who comes, who's got birthdays, who will help share messages, and who is struggling. I also helped organize our Ward (congregation) Christmas party this year. We decorated the building to be like Bethlehem and acted out the Nativity along with music. I think it was a real hit.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Mormon women are very much like any other woman. We love to laugh, we love to socialize, read a book, make something pretty. We love to be with friends, we love learning new things, sharing experiences that help strengthen ourselves and others. What makes us different may be our level of standards. We dress more modestly than most other women so we're not sending messages that may be inappropriate. We have clean fun, no harmful drugs or alcohol, but we know how to have a good time nonetheless! Show more Show less