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Hi I'm Lana

I'm a wife and a mom to 3 kids. I'm an actress. I used to be in a comedy troupe ...(back in the glory days). I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have 3 kids. I'm married to my best friend. I used to do hair at a salon part-time, but I stopped working a little while ago and am at home full-time. Apparently I'm more domestic than I gave myself credit for because I'm very interested in learning self-reliant skills like canning, baking my own bread, making a lot of foods from scratch to avoid over-processed stuff, and home improvement. I'd love to learn how to sew or quilt or something awesome like that! I have been in a lot of plays since junior high, high school and after. I was in a comedy troupe when I went to BYU--and that was one of the most fun (and funny) times in my life! I love to exercise, I'm an avid reader, I love to write, and I dream of writing a book one day. I've been to Europe twice, Mexico once, and Hawaii once, but I have a whole lot more world to see!! I really believe that trying to simplify my life over the last few years has given me a lot more time to focus on the things that matter most in my life.

Why I am a Mormon

I guess I could go with the simple answer to this seemingly simple question by saying "I'm a Mormon because I was born into a Mormon family." But a better question for me would be, "Why are you STILL a Mormon?" I'm not a Mormon because I had to be. I'm not a Mormon because it has been a requirement by anyone to remain here. I'm a Mormon because I feel peace and joy and happiness and love when I live the teachings I've learned about here. I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior. And the reason I know that is through scripture study and prayer. The answer didn't come to me one day when I just asked God. The answer came to me in little pieces as I chose to try living the principles I'd learned about. And when I was doing what was talked about in the scriptures and by the prophets, I felt joy and love and happiness deep inside my heart. And if I don't always do what I should I don't feel hideous guilt or feelings like I'm an awful person--I feel a simple, gentle tugging on my heart telling me that this isn't where my true happiness can be found. Choosing to live the lifestyle of a Mormon in today's world isn't necessarily popular all the time, and it's definitely different than the norm. But I don't feel the need to apologize for or be embarrassed by my beliefs. I feel a strong assurance in my heart that this is the place for me to find real, lasting happiness.

How I live my faith

I have given service in my church in a lot of different areas over the years. And each area that I've been asked to serve in has usually been new or foreign or even scary at first. I tend to doubt myself and if I'll know what to do! But every time I've embarked on a new assignment, I have felt a tremendous love grow inside of me for the people that I serve and who I serve with. I have taught little tiny kids under three years old, children ages 3-11, young girls ages 12-18, and I've taught and served the women who are my age and older. In all these areas I've learned that the Lord loves each and every person around us!! He is aware of the situation of every person, and He brings miracles into their lives. But the most important thing I've learned is that He doesn't just send some angel or spirit from Heaven to bring about these miracles---he sends us. WE are his angels. We give the support, the love, the care. And that is why He asks us to serve. All of us have times where we need the support of another. And my role is to be a vessel that He can use to help someone else. Many times I don't think of the things I do as "being the Lord's vessel" or anything grand like that. I think, "This friend is having a crummy day, and I'm going to take her a card with a stick of gum in it to let her know that I care." But that card and that stick of gum can sometimes seem to her like the Lord saying, "See, I haven't forgotten about you after all..." We never know the impact we can make in the life of someone else, but the Lord does. He knows the needs of others and if we'll give ourselves in service to others, we can lift someone's heart... with the added bonus of feeling great ourselves and forgetting our own troubles!!