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Hi I'm Dana

I grew up in Orange County, California. I have a wife and four kids, I'm a runner, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love being a husband and father. My wife and I have four kids (three girls and one boy), and there's nothing I'd rather do more than spend time with them. I work in corporate communications, which means I write a lot. As a writer, I've always wanted to publish a children's book. I have written three, and my brother, who is a professional artist, has illustrated two of them. I am also an avid runner. I began running about six years ago when my cousin challenged me to run a marathon with him. Soon I will run my sixth marathon. I just love getting out early in the morning and watching the sun rise. And whenever we travel, there's nothing like getting out on the trails or streets and seeing the town from a runner's perspective. In my last marathon, I fell just short of qualifying for the Boston Marathon. This year I hope to finally make it.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon). Of course my upbringing is a big part of why I'm a Mormon, but it goes beyond that. Whether someone becomes a Mormon later in life or grows up in the church, a conversion must take place. I couldn't rely on my parents' testimony of the gospel my whole life. I therefore had to find out for myself that it was true. In that sense, every Mormon, whether they were born in the church or they joined later in life, is a convert. In my case, I guess it was more of a confirming what I believed to be true. Through prayer, scripture reading, and countless experiences, God has confirmed to me many times over that the gospel is true and that the Bible and Book of Mormon are true. That is why I'm a Mormon. In addition, following the teachings of the gospel has brought immeasurable happiness to my life. Of course, I have challenges and problems just like anybody, but Christ's teachings help me overcome those challenges.

How I live my faith

I believe that the most important way I live my faith is through serving and loving my family. I could be a respected member of my church, community and company where I work, but if I neglected my own family, those other things wouldn't matter so much. To me, a focus on the family means spending time with them, expressing love, playing with the kids, listening, teaching, complimenting, forgiving, protecting, providing, and more. That said, God also wants us to serve others and treat them as brothers in sisters in the gospel. So I also strive to help and serve others whenever I can. In my church, I help teach the youth. Over the years, I have helped teach kids as young as 18 months to as old as 18 years, some of the time serving in the scouting program. I have also served in numerous other capacities within my church, serving other church members and community members alike. When I was 19 years old, I served a two-year mission in Scotland, where I shared my testimony of the gospel with the good folks of that country.