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Hi I'm Dana Leigh

I grew up a midwestern farm girl and transplanted into AZ. I am a mom, a wife, a daughter, a sister, a friend...I am a Mormon.

About Me

Let's see... At the age of 19, I found myself to be a single mom of an amazing baby boy. I moved to Arizona when my son was just 6 months old. Not really knowing what my new life in AZ would bring. I set out on my journey with my baby boy and over the course of the next decade and then some... I had got married, had a second son, divorced and then had a 3rd child, a baby girl. Needless to say I had lived a very "colorful" and drama filled life. Great soap opera material for sure... I had always dreamed of getting married and having children, just not divorced or alone. Not quite the picture perfect life that I had dreamt of and imagined as a little girl. But none the less...I was a mom. Being a mom meant providing for and protecting my kids no matter what. There were times that I felt so much dispair and loneliness in my plight to raise my kids. Some how I was always able to stay pretty positive about the life I was making. I always said that I had HOPE. Hope for something better, a hope to be accepted, a hope for happiness, a hope for love...a hope for forgiveness and the ability to forgive. I was searching....

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a Catholic family, going through 12 years of Private Catholic Eduacation in a small Catholic town in the midwest. I always felt that I had a good foundation of God in my life, but I always desired for a deeper, more connected relationship with God. I was always searching... One day I walked out of my office and this feeling came over me; I am supposed to do something with my life, I have a purpose. I told my co-workers, my parents, and anyone who would listen to me that I had these feelings. Every time that I spoke of this event I felt this deep burning in my chest. I could never understand why that was. I felt a bit crazy, but because it was so profound to me, I needed to share with people to get some guidance of why I felt this way. I have a purpose. I am supposed to do something. God gave me gifts and talents to use during my time on this earth, but what was my purpose? I had this conversation with many people over the years. I had been to many different churches, including Catholic and non-denominational but I was still left searching. It was only in the last 6 years that I became friends with a couple of my clients at work that were members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I had all sorts of questions. The more I learned the more my chest burned. It was such a peaceful feeling. Little did I know that that feeling was the Holy Spirit. I did not realize how much I needed and wanted that in my life until I started to learn of the Gospel. November of last year, I got married to my best friend and I was baptized into to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I thought for so long that I was lost all alone, only to find out that Heavenly Father had walked with me every step of the way. I was never alone. I always said that I had HOPE. Hope for something better, a hope to be accepted, a hope for happiness, a hope for love, a hope for forgiveness, and the ability to forgive. I search no more. I am home.

How I live my faith

Growing up in a small town I really loved the sense of community we always had. Since I had moved to AZ I did not have that...I missed it. Becoming part of a ward family has really changed things for me and my family. It is like I am back in a community again. I love it. We have church functions for fun, for service and for the soul. My first calling in my ward is the Activity Days Leader. I work with 8-9 yr olds twice a month doing various service projects and activities. This has really given me the opportunity to grow and actually to strengthen my bond with my own daughter. I have been so blessed to have this calling because it has taught me patience and to be a leader. I have truly enjoyed working with these girls this past year. The other day I was talking to my sister and she asked me how being Mormon was different than being Catholic. I told her the difference is really in living my faith. That we all have callings to fulfill to make our ward a community...a family. We all need to do our part to serve one another. The members of the ward are selfless individuals who tirelessly give service to others. These individuals are made up of people just like you and me!