Hi I'm Danica
I simply strive for happiness. Whether it's playing sports all day long, camping, reading, or sitting outside talking to family and friends, I love it. I graduated with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Psychology, with and emphasis in Drugs and Alcohol Counseling, and have been certified in Criminology. Working in juvenile corrections has helped me realize how much I want others to enjoy that happiness too. I have a huge variety of interests ranging from doing anything active to things like making jewelry and oddly enough, cleaning. Oh yes, and I love some good country music!
Why I am a Mormon
This question brings me back to the 'About Me' section. It all revolves around that happiness and joy. I've chosen to be a Mormon because of those simple but significant feelings of happiness I felt as I learned truths about the gospel. And I continue to be a Mormon because through all the stress, trials and heartache there is in life, I have continued to find peace as I study and live the gospel of Jesus Christ. I am a Mormon because the Book of Mormon has helped me develop a personal relationship with my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, and it has helped me be more sensitive to the Spirit so I can stay on that direct path back to our Heavenly Father.
How has the Holy Ghost helped you?
I can't even begin to count the different ways that the Holy Ghost has helped me. It has been a comforter, a guide and a protector. One experience comes to mind when I think about how the companionship of the Holy Ghost has kept me safe from harm. A common social event for me growing up was going to the friday night football games at my high school with my friends. After this particular game, my sister and another friend of ours piled into my car to drive home. Every time I got into my car it was habit for me to turn on the radio, but for some reason this night I felt like I shouldn't. I didn't think much of it because I figured I'd just talk with my friends. As we were pulling out of the parking lot, my friend decided to call her parents and let them know we were on our way home, once again, another action that wasn't ordinary. When I asked why she called her parents, her repsonse was that she just felt like she needed to. Her parents told us to be extra cautious on the way home and to watch out for deer that may be crossing the roads. Not thinking much of it, we continued to drive home. As we were on the highway, all the sudden I saw the car in front of me swerve off the road into a ditch. The next thing I knew there were headlights right in front of us in the same lane. I know without a doubt it was divine intervention that kept us from being a collision with a drunk driver that night. The people in front of us were mildly injured, but everyone in our car was safe and sound. I look back on the events prior to the accident and see the tender merices of the Lord. The Holy Ghost prompted me to keep my radio off. The Holy Ghost prompted my friend to call her parents. The Holy Ghost prompted my friend's parents to tell us to be extra cautious. It wasn't good luck or a coincidence. It's a testimony that Heavenly Father is aware of all of His children, and that we are all capable of receiving the blessings of the Holy Ghost.
How I live my faith
I live my faith through doing simple yet significant things every day such as reading the scriptures, praying and attending church meetings. I live it because I love it. No matter what my surroundings are, whether I'm going to school, at home with family, in a counseling session with individuals who struggle with drug and alcohol addictions, or serving as a full-time missionary in the Mississippi Jackson Mission, I remember that I am a daughter of God and He loves me. That simple truth defines who I am, and determines how I live my faith.