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Hi I'm Dana

I was PTO President. I love hiking and am a Humanitarian at heart. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a convert to the church. I come from a home where we were each a different religion, but supportive of each of our different views. It was my service welfare mission to a third world country that sparked my enthusiam in helping others. I love participating in service projects, and using my coordination skills I developed majoring in Recreation Management in college to plan humanitarian projects, especially those that children and youth can participate in. I have a busy life as a wife and mother. My kids participate in things like the dance team, sports, and music lessons. I am also an entreprenuer and have created by own business with my own line of wedding products. Our family loves to hike and take long road trips together.

Why I am a Mormon

Growing up, I had friends who were Mormon. Several times, I was invited to church activities. In their home, I was present for family prayers and family activities. I felt something special during these events. I finally started asking questions about what they believed. I had so many questions that I met with the missionaries. I began reading the Book of Mormon. I felt the truth of what I was learning, that Jesus Christ was my Savior and that Joseph Smith was a prophet. I realize now that the Holy Ghost was teaching me through all of these events. After a few discussions with the missionaries, I made the decision to be baptized. Looking back, I knew so little about the gospel compared to what I know today. But it was enough to be baptized. Since that time, I have learned "line upon line, precept upon precept", and my testimony of the truth has increased day by day, year by year.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by learning to trust in my Heavenly Father. I have made a serious study of the Atonement of Jesus Christ over the past several years, and this has deepened my relationship with Him, to understand and know that He is my Elder Brother who died for me, that I might overcome grief, pain, and sin. I also live my faith by doing. I like to roll up my sleeves and participate in community service. We have many homeless teens in our area, so I have gotten involved with food shelves in local high schools and helping them to have the food and school supplies they need. There is so much need in this world, physical, emotional, and spiritual-- that I have tried to involve myself in helping any way I can. Whether it is listening and encouraging a friend one-on-one, or making kits for a hospital or disaster victim, or getting food to those that starve-- in all of these activities, ministering to one another is important, no matter the need. As the Book of Mormon states in Mosiah 4:19, "For behold, are we not all beggars: Do we not all depend upon the same Being, even God, for all the substance whish we have, for food and raiment…And behold, even at this time, ye have been calling on his name, and begging for a remission of your sins… He has pured out his Spirit upon you, and has caused that your hearts should be filled with joy…" Great joy comes from living my faith, and we all need eachother, and we all need God.

What are some of the ways that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints helps those around the world?

Dana
The Church is a very service oriented community of people. We like to reach out to friends regardless of their religion, race, or place of origin, just as Christ would. After the earthquake in Haiti, I knew that the children at the Elementary School I was PTO President for could make a difference. We held a drive for soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and change. We collected enough supplies and money to make enough kits for about 1,200 people. I have been in charge of doing Hygiene Kits several times before, and each time it was a wonderful feeling to know that our work would be sent from the Church Humanitarian Department to whatever part of the world was most in need. Whether it is a tsunami, earthquake, or hurricane- the Church is there for all who are in need! In addition to the Church Humanitarian Department, we have a huge world-wide missionary effort to bring people to Christ. I was a Service Welfare Missionary in the Philippines. In addition to teaching others about Christ, I taught the Filipino Missionaries about basic hygiene and preventative medicine to increase their health and prevent sickness. I helped give shots to the other missionaries to help prevent hapatitis. Show more Show less