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Hi I'm Alana

I love travelling, trying new things and going on adventures. I own my own photography business. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up as the youngest of six children, to a family fairly obsessed with travel. We love to go to new and exotic places and educate ourselves on different cultures. My siblings are all very smart, ranging from psychologists to federal police agents, but when I finished school I was still very unsure of my place in the world. I was accepted into a fine arts film and television degree and decided to go with that for fun while I was young. During this time I started casual work for some photographers and when I finished my degree I started my own photography business, with not much expectation or ambition for it. It somehow very quickly became very successful and now it keeps me very, very busy and I can't believe how perfectly suited it is to my life and personality. I found the love of my life during that time, and we married in December 2010. He is an accountant, and we both currently work super hard to save for our future family and house. We love serving in the youth programs at our church and growing together in marriage.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a Mormon family, though it wasn't always a perfect one. My parents divorced when I was young and this lead to some challenging years. Throughout my life, I have tried to apply the church teaching and have found nothing but happiness and comfort as a result, even during hard times. I have grown to have such a deep gratitude, respect and love for the Gospel of Jesus Christ, because in my life it has bought me such joy, comfort and important knowledge. I love more than anything, that I was able to not marry my husband, but to be sealed to him for time and all eternity. Knowing that families can be together forever is just one of the wonderful blessings the gospel has given me. You only have to study, read or learn more about the teaching of the Gospel and of Jesus Christ to know that they are deeply good, that they are perfectly designed and that they are divinely true. I know this for myself, every experience in my life testifies of it.

How I live my faith

Knowing what I know, I can't just live my religion on Sunday. It impacts every day of my life as I try to apply the principles I learn. Each day my husband and I pray and read from the scriptures together. We try to be good people, to serve those less fortunate, and try to let Jesus Christ inspire our behaviour and decisions. I try to make the most of my photography talent by volunteering it to RSPCA to help animals be adopted. My husband and I hold family home evening on Monday night, where we uplift and teach each other through songs, spiritual messages and wholesome activities (and yummy treats!). We both serve in our ward's youth programs, which includes teaching classes on Sundays, attending and organising an activity each Thursday night. Sometimes it is difficult to dedicate so much time to both our careers and our church responsibilities, but we have only ever been blessed when we put God first in our lives and live what we know to be true. No matter how many times I make mistakes, the best way I live my faith is by ever trying to be a better person, with more compassion, patience, forgiveness and love for those around me. I am NO where near perfect, but am so glad to have Jesus Christ as my inspiring example and to know that I am loved by Him along the way.