Hi I'm Dana
I just graduated from BYU in anthropology, and now I'm venturing out on my own in this crazy world! I'm the second of five children, and my family is everything to me. My father past away 3 years ago, and my mother remarried last year. My life is constantly changing, and the only thing that remains true and constant is the Gospel of Jesus Christ and my testimony of its truthfulness. I have been able to travel the world, living in Germany, Jordan, and Israel. Everywhere I go, through the wonderful differences in language, culture, and landscape, people remain mostly the same. People are good everywhere, and we all want the same things, whether we recognize it or not. And God's love is just as real and constant for Palestinians as Germans, for Bedouins as Americans.
Why I am a Mormon
I am a Mormon because I have repeatedly felt the Holy Ghost testify to me that this is the true church of Jesus Christ. I'm not one to follow anyone blindly. In fact, I started questioning whether the church was true or not when I was just four years old. I've always been determined to make up my mind for myself. Well, God really does answer prayers, even of a four year old. And He has continued to answer my prayers ever since. Life is not easy, and mine has been no exception to that. However, as I've turned to the Lord and asked Him for reassurance over and over again, it has always come. When I was just twelve years old, I read the Book of Mormon for the first time all the way through by myself. And when I finished, I knelt down and poured out my heart to God to know that it was true. No lightning bolt came. No angel appeared. But the warmest sensation completely enveloped me, and I felt in my heart that I had always known that it was true. Since that time, there have been plenty of circumstances where I've faltered, and I've started to question myself again. But as soon as I pray for reassurance, to feel the truthfulness of the gospel in my heart just one more time, the Holy Ghost comes, and my heart burns, and my mind is at peace. It is this continuous reassurance, love, and encouragement that I feel my my Heavenly Father that I am doing the right things that help me continue to know that this gospel IS true. It is REAL. And it makes me who I am.
How I live my faith
I have served both in my congregation and community in several different ways over the years. As a teenager, I filled multiple leadership positions over girls in my age group, as well as over the entire stake youth committee, where I helped plan activities for teenagers in our larger geographical area. In college, I have taught Sunday School and Relief Society (the largest world-wide women's organization), filled leadership positions in Relief Society, directed music, offered service to those in need, and have visited women in my ward with a companion once a month every month (a program called visiting teaching). All of my service has helped me get more involved in my congregation and community to help make a difference in other's lives, as well as my own. Service is the key to happiness, and there is always someone in need. We just have to look up to God and look around to those He's placed in our path.