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Hi I'm Alana

I'm a young mother of 3 and a family photographer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a convert that went through many trials before finding my faith. I stay home with my 3 children. I also photograph kids and families on the weekends. I plan to finish college and become an elementary school teacher some day.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was 17 I began my search for the right church. I felt that the churches my family raised me in (Catholic and Episcopalian) were on the right path, but lacking the full truth. After being encouraged to pray about it by a newly returned missionary, I found the truth in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

How I live my faith

I teach my children every day to become tolerant, loving, kind human beings. I teach them to be the people I want to populate the world when I am gone.

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

Right now we live in a time where jobs and homes are not guaranteed. I am so grateful for the church providing education and resources with which to build our emergency storage. In our family we have had times of unexpected unemployment, and during those times we were prepared. We have food and other necessities in our basement to provide us with what we need when our money is low. It also helps keep us out of debt. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

We certainly don't confine our outreach to those of our own faith! I think the reason why people commonly think this, is because when we offer to help people not of our religion, people decline it because of predisposed misunderstandings and fear. People think we have a weird ulterior motive or something. I remember being on a ward welfare committee, being in charge of my town's food bank donation. We offered every town within our ward boundries thousands of dollars worth of food from our bishop's storehouse, free of course, all we asked for was a letter that stated they accepted the offer, for tax purposes. My town refused! They never explained why, either. The LDS church donates millions of dollars, but even more than that, we donate time. All of the young men and young women are required to donate several hours of service before they can complete the (optional) youth programs. Our church is all about helping anywhere and any way we can. Show more Show less