My name is Debra Adams
Occupation: Wife, Mother, Student, Grammi
Favorite Food: Berries, Chocolate Milk
Hobbies: Family, music, homemaking arts – sewing & handwork, walking, swimming, bike riding, traveling.
Favorite Hymn: More Holiness Give Me, Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing
I don’t enjoy being “in front” of people, but it seems that is where I often find myself. I am the kind of person that is happy to do “the washing up” at events whether they be church or family oriented.
My life centers on the teachings of Jesus Christ as I have learned them from the scriptures and latter-day prophets, and thankfully, family is key in my life. I’ve been married 36 years to the same man, Tom, which is the best decision I have ever made.
I love music-singing and playing the piano. I enjoy reading, movies, and being creative through sewing and needle arts and cooking. I enjoy camping because I feel my Savior’s love being in the middle of the world created by Him.
What is your greatest accomplishment?
My greatest accomplishment? Being married to the same wonderful man for 36 years!!! And to have 5 fabulous children grown into 5 fabulous adults – I need nothing more!
What brings you the greatest happiness?
My family is my greatest source of happiness: being married to my best friend and sweetheart is the best! Opportunities to have my children, their spouses and children around me, gives me a level of peace, joy and gratitude which I find hard to put into words…“my cup runneth o’er!”
What strengthens your faith in Jesus Christ?
When I recognize answers to my prayers, my faith is strengthened and grows. I like to record those moments so I can recall them when the difficult, faith challenging times come – and they always come. It is important to me to be able to recognize answers to my prayers and to act upon them; I gain assurance that there is a loving God who is personally aware of me and my life.
How has one of your spiritual gifts/talents benefited your life?
(This question always makes me cringe because I don’t want to sound boastful in answering it! But with a grateful heart, I will answer it because I’ve learned a couple of things about spiritual gifts.)
I have been endowed with a gift of faith: faith to believe in Jesus Christ and to believe Him. I believe that faith is not just believing in something unseen though. I think it is a principle of power to act upon what I believe is truth, then because of acting upon truth, my ‘belief’ becomes a sure knowledge. This gift has been a source of divine strength that has allowed me to face some hard things in my life, to act when I saw no reason to do so, then to be lifted emotionally and spiritually as I’ve seen the results of my faith. I think that because of this gift, my family has benefited from the assurances I’ve received and have developed their own abilities to believe and act upon truth.
Along with faith, being of a discerning attitude has kept me and my family safe many times. What society calls intuition and I call discernment, helped me meet my children’s needs as they grew to adulthood. They like to call me “Darth Mama” because I seem to just “know” what they are up to even though they are all on their own. Seriously though, this ability to discern others’ motives has helped me to serve people better as well as warning me of danger, and I am so grateful for this gift.
How do you know when you’ve received answers to prayers?
Sometimes, answers to my prayers are very clear. It’s as if I am suddenly filled with pure knowledge or truth regarding my prayer and I just know the answer.
More often though, answers come to me after I’ve prayed and am doing other things – when my mind is rested in the early morning hours, or when I am busy doing chores or driving to town, or when I am involved in service to someone else.
Sometimes the answers come to me as I am preparing to teach a class; they are an idea I’ve not yet considered, a person I should talk with, a place I should visit.
There have been times when there are no words to describe the answered prayer because the response from Heavenly Father is a feeling. And that feeling is undeniable, unable to be explained away by reason. I am always assured that I’ve received an answer when I act upon the idea, knowledge or feeling that came into my mind – always!
Debra’s conversion story:
My story is not remarkable. I was born into a member family; my parents were and are active members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and I was baptized in the Church as a child of eight years old. But, I did have to become converted to it on my own, even though I was surrounded by it as a child and young adult.
I grew up in the heart of Mormon country – Utah. Everyone I knew was a Mormon. I thought that ‘converts’ were people who joined the Church as adults who lived outside of Utah.
When I was seventeen, I began to understand that it was my responsibility to learn for myself if the Church was true. I didn’t have angelic visits, thundering answers to my prayers, or any other astounding heavenly manifestation of the truth.
Through a process of reading the Book of Mormon for my seminary class and accepting Moroni’s challenge in Moroni 10:4-5 to pray about and act upon what I was reading, I learned for myself that the Church in which my parents were raising me was the same church that Jesus organized during His mortal ministry.
As I already stated, this conversion and testimony didn’t come suddenly and with a big manifestation from heaven; it grew in me. It came as an assurance that I always knew: now, was I willing to live my life accordance with the Savior’s teachings?
For me, conversion was and is not a one-time event. As I have grown in faith and tried to live what I understand as truth, many opportunities to be re-converted have occurred. I am grateful for these times because they mark periods of personal growth for me. And I believe growth and progress are eternal principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
What are ways you share & live the Gospel with your family or others around you?
I don’t hide who I am and what I believe. I look for opportunities to share with people in my community who I am and what I stand for.
Fortunately, I live in a part of the world where complete strangers enjoy chatting together, so I do get chances to share, like: I am so sleepy because I teach an early morning religion class to teenagers from my church; or no tea for me, then I get to explain the word of wisdom, etc.
With my family, it is vital that my children and grandchildren know with certainty that I have a testimony of the gospel and it is paramount to me that I live it as fully as I know how. I try to speak my testimony with them as often as possible and to live it faithfully.
What is your hope/wish/prayer for all women throughout the world?
I had an experience a few years ago that clearly taught me how important women are to our Heavenly Father’s purposes for his children. So, I wish that women throughout the world could come to a clear understanding that they are valued by God, that they have purpose on this earth, and that they are divine beings.
I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I have moved 64 times and have not tired of experiencing this beautiful earth! I love the people, languages, histories/anthropologies, & especially religious cultures of the world. My life long passion is the study & searching out of religious symbolism, specifically related to ancient & modern temples. My husband Anthony and I love our bulldog Stig, adventures, traveling, movies, motorcycling, and time with friends and family.