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Hi I'm Dayna

I'm a convert and joined in April '09, the only member in my family and I'm serving a mission in Houston, Texas. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am from California and I love to play sports as much as possible such as: volleyball, ultimate frisbee, soccer, basketball, etc. Being outdoors and doing something spontaneously adventurous is something I love, especially because I love nature and the beach. I also love to sing dance and act. Singing is a huge passion and I find that the more I use this gift that the Lord has blessed me with, the happier I am! I also love watching movies! I am currently serving as a full-time missionary for the church in the Spanish language. It is an amazing experience and it is a joy to be able to preach the gospel. This gospel has truly changed my life and I have felt a passion for helping others have the same joy and change in their life that I have had.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up with a Christian faith and morals, but in my college years, things got a lot more complicated and I felt there was something missing in my life and I couldn't figure out what it was. I began searching for answers to my questions, like"Where did we come from?" "Why are we here?"&"Where are we going after this life?" Also, I would read the Bible all the time and felt that the Trinity consisted of 3 separate beings, but everyone told me otherwise as I attended many different churches and the answers to all of my questions left me unsatisfied and empty. I had a close friend in the church, but because I was brought up to believe that this church didn't believe in Christ, I felt that it was the last church where I would search for answers. He left on a mission, writing and bearing his testimony about Christ or the gospel. One day he bore strong testimony of a miracle he had seen out on his mission and my heart was softened as I thought "perhaps there is some truth to this church," however, I still felt lost and gave up my search. I felt that God wasn't answering me or listening and began to stray from the path I had been given and lived in the world, only to be left feeling more unhappy and empty than I had before. My friend returned from his mission and challenged me to take lessons from the missionaries, knowing that I wasn't truly happy. I prayed and prayed and the first time I read the Book of Mormon, I felt a power and peace that I had never felt before. I felt that I had heard these stories before, although I had never read them. I asked the missionaries why and they bore testimony of the plan and how I had indeed heard them before. I felt the Spirit so strong as they taught me about Christ and the Plan of Salvation. In that lesson, so many questions were answered. I couldn't deny the Spirit testifying to me that I was a daughter of God who lived with my Heavenly Father before this life and learned of this plan. Since then, my testimony grows each day.

How I live my faith

There are 3 important things that we teach members of the church or non-members, and that is to read the scriptures daily, pray daily, and go to church every Sunday. These 3 things have blessed my life tremendously and allow us to draw closer to our Savior Jesus Christ and our Heavenly Father. Our testimonies grow and as we fill our spirits with the gospel, it outwardly becomes all that we are and truly effects our words and actions. Through the gift of the Holy Ghost, it changes us from the inside out and as we allow ourselves to be humbled and change to become better, we become more and more like the Savior, striving to have more love, charity, hope, faith, patience, etc. A great way to live like the Savior is to serve. As Mosiah 2:17 says, "...when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God." I find that the more we serve, the more we become like the Savior.

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Why wouldn't we? It is the word of God. I grew up reading the Bible and found myself struggling to accept any other book. I have such a testimony that the Bible and the Book of Mormon go hand in hand especially as I study them and see how they strengthen and uplift one another. The Bible is about the people in the Holy Land and the Book of Mormon is about another people in the Ancient Americas. These two books, together, give us two testimonies of Christ and His gospel that was preached to the world. Show more Show less