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Hi I'm Debra

I grew up in Illinois, loved drama and secretarial classes in high school, and now I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've always had a very personal and close relationship to God. As a little girl, I used to talk with him and sing religious hymns to bring his Spirit of protection to me when I was afraid. As I grew, I wanted to get married and to have 12 children. I did get married, but became a mother of only two children. This was to my advantage since there was a divorce. Two children were enough for me to handle alone! I remarried and my husband and I went on an 18-month mission to Bulgaria. We were together 24/7 and absolutely loved it! More importantly, we loved living in Bulgaria, getting to know and love the people, and being able to serve in the many capacities available to us! We enjoy spending time with our two children and six grandchildren--they bring such joy and happiness into our lives! There's nothing like experiencing the unconditional love that comes into a grandparent's heart for their grandchildren! We can love them for who they are and totally enjoy them!

Why I am a Mormon

I spent the first 25 years of my life searching for something I knew I didn't have. I wasn't satisfied with many of the teachings I'd received from the church in which I'd grown up, and just knew that there was something else for me. When the missionaries found me and began to explain the doctrines and teachings of the Mormon Church, I felt that I'd 'come home!' Things I'd always felt in my heart to be true, were the things the missionaries were teaching me! My mom asked me one time why I loved this church so much. I told her it was because there's never a plateau where I'd get stuck! The more I learned and understood, the more I saw there was to learn and I was always progressing in my spiritual knowledge of things! It's so spiritually invigorating and rewarding!

How I live my faith

I life my faith every day of my life. I strive to sustain a personal relationship with Heavenly Father (through prayer, scripture study and meditation) so that His Spirit of peace, understanding and comfort will carry me through all the experiences that are a part of life. This is not a 'Sunday only' religion to me--it affects everything in my life on a daily basis. I accept the invitations to volunteer my time to do many things that need to be done, since we do not have a paid ministry. All responsibilities to 'run' the church are carried out by member volunteers. I've discovered many talents and abilities that I didn't know I had, and if I hadn't accepted the invitation to help out, I would never have developed these other talents and skills. Right now, I'm serving as president of the women's auxiliary organization which gives me opportunities to work with many different women who have many different circumstances. I'm learning to be less critical and judgmental, and am striving to be more like Jesus, seeing others through His eyes. I trust in the promises of Heavenly Father and in the teachings of Jesus. I look forward to being with them again, and hope I'll hear the words, 'Well done, my good and faithful servant!'