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Hi I'm Dana McClure

I grew up in Southern California. I am a husband, a father, and a grandfather. I am alive today because I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in southern California. At age 7 I went with my family on a vacation to Sequoia National Park. I got lost for 6 days and 5 nights. I had been taught to pray to Heavenly Father and have faith in him. So on the first day I was lost I said a prayer to Heavenly Father that I would be found. I experienced the most peaceful feeling in my heart. I was not afraid and I knew things would work out. They did work out through the efforts of around 300 searchers a day, and the members of my church providing meals for the searchers. It was on the sixth day that they began the last day they were going to look for me. I had a feeling that I should yell out loud, help, I am lost even though I didn't see the man who found me. He heard my cry and came to my rescue. The Lord kept me warm, and He kept the bears from attacking me, and he kept me warm even though it was in the middle of September in the High Sierras. Through the fasting and prayers and searching of my fellow mormons and other good people, I am alive today. That has allowed me to become a husband, and father, and grandfather. Without the faith and power of prayer I learned as a little boy, I would have died just like the rangers believed that I probably had already done. That is why it was the last day they would be searching.

Why I am a Mormon

Every since my experience of the peace I received through prayer to Heavenly Father, I have known The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true. I have had many opportunities to help other people, just as I had many people help me. I have taught the youth, and I have been a missionary for my church teaching those not of my faith the joy they can have in their lives through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I am able to face the challenges of life because of the peace I found through living the gospel. The Lord does not remove the burdens and challenges of life be He gives me the strength to carry my burdens. One great way I have found to lighten my burdens is to help other people with their burdens.

How I live my faith

I have had the opportunity to participate in community humanitarian projects, welfare projects, food drives, clothing drives. It makes me feel good that I am blessed with many opportunites to help others. As I help other people, my troubles and problems seem so much smaller. I have had wonderful experiences visiting the homes of members of my church and helping to lighten their burdens.