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Hi I'm Dana

I'm a husband and father, a teacher, an ironman, a severe shoulder injury and recovery empathizer, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in the great state of Colorado and I am fiercely loyal to all things thereof. After graduation from High School, I served a mission for the church in Sydney Australia where I gained a great respect and admiration for the beauty and differences of the world's people, cultures, and religions. Not only did I learn so much about others, but my own testimony of the truthfulness and reality of the gospel of Jesus Christ was stregthened and has become the foundation of my life. After returning from my mission I went to BYU where I studied animal science with the thought of becoming a veterinarian. It was there that I met my sweet and beautiful wife, we have been married for thirteen years and have six wonderful children. After graduation from BYU I was hired by the church to teach religion classes to High School students. I have been doing this for ten years and have been greatly blessed by my association with the amazing youth of the church and their incredible families. My wife and I love to run marathons, having completed eigth and seven respectively. I love cycling and I am learning to love swimming. I enjoy triathlons and have completed an ironman. It was during my second ironman that I ran into another cyclist who had suddenly stopped in the middle of the road and landed on my shoulder causing a grade 4 separation. It has been a very humbling and yet great learning experience. After surgery and physical therapy I am excited to train and race again

Why I am a Mormon

Through fasting, prayer, scripture study, and by living the principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ, I have come to personally know of the truthfulness of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I know it to be the Lord's church on the earth and the only way to find true and lasting happiness, peace, and purpose. The Holy Ghost has witnessed to my heart and spirit these truths on countless occasions and has left an undeniable imprint upon my soul.

How I live my faith

I am constanly learning about my Savior Jesus Christ and striving to become more like Him, this is my lifelong quest. In addition i have the opportunity to serve on a council which oversees the work of the church of several local congregations. This gives me many opportunities to speak, teach, train, and help different children and youth church programs. I have had many opportunities to serve and I know each one allows me to become more refined as a disciple.

In whom should we have faith?

The first principle of the gospel is to have faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. He is the center of all we believe and all that we do. Our faith in Him focuses on His divinity as the Only Begotten Son of God, His sinless and selfless life, His perfect and infinite Atonement for all humanity, His resurrection from the dead, and His continued living reality and invitation to come unto Him to be saved. True faith requires action, so we believe in actively following and applying Jesus' teachings and striving to become like Him in all that we do and are. Show more Show less