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Hi I'm Dana

I grew up in a small town. I love to explore and try new kinds of food. I speak several languages. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love to explore new places. I love to play the piano, sing, decorate, and cook. My husband and I have three wonderful children and just celebrated twenty years of marriage. I speak several languages--Spanish, Portuguese, and German--and would like to learn more. Italian is next! I graduated from college with a degree in Spanish, Math and Music. Since then I have developed a love for beading, geneology, and ASL/SEE. I like to try new foods.

Why I am a Mormon

I became a Mormon when I was 19 years old....after attending the Church-owned Brigham Young University for two years! My father encouraged me to go (my parents raised me with no religious affiliation). I had been searching for something I felt was missing since I was a little girl, but I didn't know what it was. I began looking at other churches when I was in grade school, but to no avail. When I went to BYU, it felt like I was coming home; the people were so nice and normal. I had so much good, clean, fun there! I was curious about the Mormon religion, so I asked lots and lots of questions. My roommates answered my questions and invited me to church. The more I learned, the more I liked what I saw. Over time, I realized that Mormons believed in God and Jesus Christ just like other Christians. I also realized that what I was missing in my life was the Holy Spirit or Holy Ghost. And so, I chose to be baptized. It was the best decision I ever made! I don't feel like I'm walking around in a dark room anymore, lacking direction.

How I live my faith

I try to give back to others, whether at church or in the community. Right now I work with young women ages 12 to 18 years old. It's so much fun! We go hiking, camping, we do service in our communtiy... and this week I learned how to ride a block of ice down a hill. The youth invite their friends from school; all are welome. It's good to see these girls look out for each other, regardless of their religion. Every month I visit several ladies in my congregation to 'look out for them' too. I have worked with the local Scouting units in our area, including a few Day Camps. My Faith has helped me be a better mother to our children. Without the Gospel in my life I don't think I would be as patient with them. I'm not perfect by any means, but I try to follow the example of our Savior. I try to live my Faith by being kind to those I meet. I try to share my language abilities with others by interpreting for them if needed. I am learning new skills all the time!

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Yes! We study the Bible in church and know that it is a witness of Jesus Christ as the Son of God. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Missions are encouraged but not mandatory in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Young men can begin serving usually at age 19 for two years, and young women at age 21 for 18 months. We are a lay ministry; so missionaries are not paid for their service. Missionaries come from and serve in locations around the world, wherever the Church calls them. In addition, many retired couples, men and women also serve missions around the world. Some missions teach the gospel to others; and some provide water wells, crop education, and other welfare-related efforts....all on a volunteer basis. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Temples are beautiful, Houses of the Lord. They are just like the Temples of the Old and New Testament--sacred and holy places. All temples are open to the public for 'open houses' before they are dedicated. At that time, anyone can walk through the temple and see just how beautiful they really are. Nothing secret or strange goes on in the temple; we learn more about the Plan of Salvation, perform baptisms by proxy for family members who have not had the opportunity to receive the gospel in this life ( we believe in life after death), and also receive sacred ordinances that bind husband to wife and children to them as an eternal family. That is my favorite part about the temple! We believe those loving relationships we gain here are sponsored by God, and are supposed to last forever if we keep His Commandments. Show more Show less