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Hi I'm Lana

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a middle school teacher -I teach 7th and 8th grade History. I'm 22 and I have been married for a year. I love to travel. I've been to Holland, France, England, Scotland, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Spain, and Mexico. My husband and I went to Rome and Barcelona on our honeymoon. Traveling is one of my favorite things because it affords so many amazing opportunities and experiences. I lived in London, England and studied Basic Pastry at Le Cordon Bleu. It was always my dream to study at that school and I had the most amazing experience living in that city and learning from the best chefs. I love to cook and I do it as much as I can. Baking is my favorite though -I got my sweet tooth from my dad. I love cakes and pies. Until I graduate from university, I'll continue to work in a bakery and for a catering company and to make wedding cakes on the side.

Why I am a Mormon

I've been baptized three times in my life. My mom remembers when I was really young and could barely talk and she would hear me pray in the middle of the night. She said that sometimes she was astounded by the things I said. When I was 6 years old, I remember waking up in the middle of the night because I felt a pair of hands on my head. I told my mom that an angel had touched me and that I wanted to be baptized. I was baptized for the first time when I was 6 into a non-denominational Christian church. As I grew up, we spent Sundays hopping from church to church never finding what we were looking for or never feeling welcome. When I was 12 I started to feel that there had to be a true church, or a church that was more true than others. I started to investigate Catholicism -it being the original Christian church in my mind. I took catechism and was baptized later that year. After a few years of attending mass regularly, I still felt like I was missing something, or that The Roman Catholic Church was missing something. In high school, I knew a group of girls who were LDS. They invited me to come to the youth program and I was hooked. The hardest part I had was accepting that the Book of Mormon could be true. First I was reminded of my own heavenly visitation, but there couldn't be more scripture, right? One night as I was reading the Bible I came across 2 Timothy 3:16 "All scripture is inspired by God." I felt my chest swell with a burning sensation of pure truth being spoken to my soul. I knew at that moment that the Book of Mormon had to be scripture, and that if that was true, so must everything else be. I was baptized when I was 16 and now, 6 years later, my mom is investigating the Church.

How I live my faith

I'm not as good as I know I could be. But that doesn't discourage me (most of the time). My Husband and I attend church and the temple regularly. We pray together morning and night, and try to find time every night to read and talk about scripture from the Bible or the Book of Mormon. At church, I am responsible for making sure that the women are taken care of or are having their needs met (after surgery meals, post-baby meals, etc.). I'm called the Compassionate Service Committee Leader. I've lived in a predominantly Mormon town for 4 years as I attended University. Next June my husband and I are moving away and we'll never again be surrounded by so many of the same faith. We know, though, that it is better to live in a way that challenges your faith to encourage you to stick up for yourself and to really decide for yourself how it is that you want to live and if you really believe your church. We don't want our children to grow up taking this gospel for granted so we want to give them opportunities to help their testimonies grow. I love being a member of this church. I love it because I finally feel accepted and that I belong to something so much bigger than myself that is good and true and worth while.