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Hi I'm Dana Rose

I'm a high-school drama teacher, a distance-runner, a comedian (of sorts), an outdoors enthusiast, an activist, and a Mormon.

About Me

I am a native of Washington State. I am the oldest of seven children (the last three adopted from Ukraine). I am a high school drama teacher. I love teens and my favorite jobs have always involved working with them and being in nature. I love being outside; biking, hiking, camping, snow-shoeing, etc. I'm a runner, albeit slow. My favorite distance is the half-marathon. Long enough to feel hard core, but short enough to be capable of getting off the toilet without assistance the next day. I am a previous member of Brigham Young University's sketch comedy group Divine Comedy. I love modern dance with all my young-girl heart. I play beginner guitar and the djembe drum. I served a mission for the Mormon Church in New Jersey and it is one of my favorite things I've done. I completed my student teaching at a private Catholic high school in Salt Lake City. My favorite experience from that was leading my students in a unit on Theatre of the Oppressed with a focus on sexism. While I enjoy the performative elements of theatre, I'm even more excited about the ways in which it can be used for social change. I am passionate about truth, learning, sincerity, and freedom. I want to help women feel empowered and strong and genuine. I desire the same for men, I'm just...less knowledgeable as to the how. I have no idea what I will end up doing with my life, but it has been a great ride thus far.

Why I am a Mormon

I was essentially raised in this church (my mother converted to it, and my dad, though not a member, has always been supportive). However, I was always encouraged from a young age to decide for myself what it was that I believed. I am continually encouraged to ask questions and seek answers. My testimony of spiritual things is one acquired by spiritual means. The spirit of God is hard to describe in words, but unmistakeable when felt. It has been one of my greatest teachers. It both transcends and illuminates my understanding. I believe in Faith and Repentance. My experience in the Mormon church has allowed me to feel empowered as a woman. I feel strong, capable, eternal, and free. I feel connected to God as an individual and as a female. I believe that God has spoken to His servants the prophets in times past, and that in 1820 He appeared with His Son, Jesus Christ, to answer a humble boy's prayer. I believe this boy, Joseph Smith, was called to be the Prophet of the Restoration. He restored truth and power to the earth that was lost during the great apostasy that occurred after Jesus's death, resurrection, and ascension into heaven. There is great peace and great truth in what was restored. We continue to receive divine truth from heaven. Prophets are not perfect, and they are not Jesus Christ. They are servants of God. Seers. Their imperfections do not negate their role. By following their counsel I have been blessed and led. I believe that I can receive personal revelation through the spirit. I don't know all things, but I have faith in the process. I believe in eternity. My testimony is rooted, most of all, in my Savior Jesus Christ. I have been healed and strengthened through His atonement. He has been my light in through my darkest times. There is nothing in us or about us that is so broken it cannot be healed by Him. In Him there is great hope for ALL (wo)mankind.

How I live my faith

I try and make friends with God's Children. I try to keep God's commandments. I am learning, learning, learning, about faith and love. I seek to serve others. I pray, I study. Sometimes I even listen. I repent. I forgive. I hope.