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Hi I'm Dayna

I'm a hiker, a law student, and a twin. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I could never live anywhere without mountains. In the mountains, all I can see are cloud-covered peaks and their shadows. I like to move quickly up the trail, challenging myself to keep my pace as I climb to the summit. On the way down, I walk slowly and carefully, because I don't want to fall. When I cross rivers, I almost always fall in. One of my favorite moments in life is to be outside when the day changes to night, watching the slow progression of light to dark and feeling the air around me grow heavy with the smell of the woods as the air grows cold. My favorite hike was a two-day trek in Atitlan, Guatemala. Our group hiked four mountains on that trek as we walked from Quetzaltenango to Lake Atitlan. That trek was the most physically taxing thing I've ever done, but it was also the most exciting. In Atitlan, I went cliff jumping for the first time. It felt like I would never stop falling. When I travel, I like to do anything active: biking, hiking, walking. To me, being outside is better than being in any museum.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was eight years old, two ward missionaries from my neighborhood came to my home and taught me the gospel of Jesus Christ. I was baptized and started going to church without my parents. It was always hard to be the only kid at church without her family, but when my friends asked me why I did it, I told them it was because I believed the Church was true. As a law student, I still firmly believe that Jesus Christ lives and that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints contains the fullness of his gospel. I know that even though everyone experiences pain and suffering on Earth, God loves all of his children, and he has a plan by which we can return to live with him and be happy for eternity. Because God loves us so much, he allowed his son Jesus Christ to die for us so we can overcome sin and heartache and achieve eternal life with our families if we remain faithful during our life on Earth. I know President Thomas S. Monson is a true prophet of God who leads and guides the church of Jesus Christ today.

How I live my faith

I help organize activities each month for the women members of the Church in my neighborhood. Like every woman in the Church, I have been assigned a few sisters in my congregation to visit each month and to be a friend to. I learn about these women and the rest of the women in my congregation, and we strive to care for and support each other. Like everyone else, I'm not perfect. But I try to forgive others, serve others, and not get angry too quickly. When I travel, I am not afraid to speak up about my religion. I don't push my religion on others, but when they ask me questions, I am glad for the opportunity to tell them about the gospel that enriches my life.