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Hi I'm Rana

I'm a Mormon. I found the gospel when I was 18. When I learned about Heavenly Father and His church, my heart filled with joy.

About Me

As a single woman in the church, I enjoy having the time and opportunities to serve in the church. I have been a missionary serving in southern Utah, a Sunday School teacher, a visiting teacher, and a leader in Relief Society. I discovered many talents and nourished many friendships through service. Among the highlights of my life are attending BYU, being a missionary, writing and producing stage productions, traveling throughout Europe, working as a children's librarian, and spending time with my siblings and their children. I recently published a family memoir and continue writing additional projects. Although marriage has not yet come my way, I love knowing about the importance of families in Heavenly Father's plan for everyone. The gospel reminds me to make time for my immediate family and my wonderful church family. Heavenly Father has truly blessed me with a life rich with relationships and experiences.

Why I am a Mormon

It was through prayer and the Holy Ghost that I learned this gospel and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true. I learned about the gospel by attending church and everything I learned made sense, but it wasn't until I prayed to know if it is true that my heart changed. The moment I felt the Spirit witness to my heart, I was filled with a joy I had never felt before. This is when I knew there is a heavenly Father and I am one of his children. I also knew I should cling to the teachings of this new-found church. In a twinkling of an eye, I saw the world with new eyes. I was thrilled to know there is purpose in this life. I should mention, I have the condition of cerebral palsy. Prior to knowing about the gospel, being different from most others, made me feel sad and "broken". With the gospel's perspective, I learned there is purpose in our earthly challenges and reason to rejoice - be of good cheer, there is purpose in our challenges. Disabilities are only for this life. We have far more blessings than trials. I love this life, but I look forward to the resurrection when we will have glorified bodies. I live the commandments so I can be happy now and prepare to live with our heavenly Father in the eternities.

How I live my faith

I have been a latter-day saint for decades which means I have served in many ways. When I first joined the church I was shy and insecure. I hoped I would never be asked to teach, but as a missionary, teaching became my passion. I loved talking about the gospel and sharing it with people of all ages. Since then I have often been a teacher in Sunday School and a leader in Relief Society. I love reaching out to others to help them feel loved by our heavenly Father. I am currently the Visiting Teaching Coordinator for our Relief Society which includes about 400 women from the ages 18-93. Visiting teaching matches 2 companions to visit 2-5 women every month to ensure all the women have friends and support in times of need. As the eyes and hands of Christ, the women of Relief Society are remarkable in nurturing each other with the gospel of Jesus Christ. As I give of my time and talents to my callings in church I feel the blessings of heaven poured upon me.