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Hi I'm Dani

I smile big. I dance foolishly. I love endlessly and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Dani, I am a graduate of Northern Arizona University with a degree in Elementary and Special Education. My biggest passion in life is children. I love being in their presence and learning from them each day. Volleyball has also been a passion of mine. I love everything about the sport. But what I love most is how this game helped me gain the greatest knowledge I have ever known. I am a convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and I have been called to serve as a full time missionary in the Ecuador Guayaquil North Mission. There is nothing more in this life that makes me more proud then being of member of His church.

Why I am a Mormon

Everyone always says "everything happens for a reason" right? Well this was mine. August 2008. I had just graduated from high school and was getting ready to go off to college. I made a last minute decision to stay home and go to community college. In doing so I had to chance to play on the school's volleyball team. I met a boy there who had just returned from his mission a few months prior. We became good friends and through him, his friends, and his family's examples my life was changed forever. February 2010. My best friend was invited to go to church with a girl she worked with. The invitation was extended to me and I accepted. I had been to church before so no harm no foul right? She introduced us to the missionaries. They asked if we would like to set up a time to meet. My friend answered for the both of us. I was terrified. We met with the missionaries for months. I was diligent in studying the Book of Mormon, praying about its truthfulness, and living the commandments and the standards of the church. I faced many trails during this time with friends and family. I was so happy. How could they be so sad? I ended up taking some time away from the church. But once you know...you know. August/September 2010. I had not been to church in almost 7 months. I missed it. I missed the people. I missed feeling the Spirit. I missed reading the Book of Mormon and I missed the pure happiness and joy which I had once felt. So I decided to go back. I knew the church was what I was missing. I starting doing the things I knew I had to and made the decision to be baptized. January 11, 2011. I know that this church is true. I know that I'm a daughter of God and that my Heavenly Father is mindful of me. I know that my Redeemer lives. I know that the Priesthood is real and essential. I know the Book of Mormon is the word of God and has the power to change people's lives. I know that faith is real and nothing is impossible with the love of our Heavenly Father.

How I live my faith

I can't think of a better way to live my faith than to be an example to those around me. People do notice a difference. That's how I got here. Through prayer, studying the scriptures, serving others, and keeping Christ at the center of my life, I am able to be that example that was given to me to others. I am so blessed. Recognizing this and showing how grateful I am to my Heavenly Father through my actions is how I live my faith. I accept anything that is asked of me by church leaders and complete it to the best of my abilities. I stay optimistic in times of trial, and know that my Heavenly Father will always provide for me as I follow him in faith.