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Hi I'm Dana

I speak a few languages, I love to travel and I recycle. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a goofy gal and some might call me weird, but I've learned long ago that what I think about myself on the inside is more important that what people think about me on the outside. I love being a mom and I do things a little different. I can make mickey mouse pancakes, roll down the hill, hang from the monkey bars, pretend to be a horse, make a mean mohawk with my sons hair, and travel to Norway and get lost there. I like to get down to my childrens' eye level and see the world from their point of view. I like that they know I am willing to understand and I love watching them grow. I journal when my son says something funny or when he uses a long word I didn't know he knew. I've overcome a lot - health challenges, being raised by a single mom and then in a foster home, and battled a divorce. But they don't define me. Now, I can say I have/am: jumped out of a perfectly good plane, witnessed two people be engaged on a hot air balloon, mingled with millionaires, fed the poor and homeless, traveled in Europe, worked in a nursing home in Norway and fallen in love with an adorable 99 year old woman, lost 20 pounds, gained 20 pounds, currently writing a book, in love with photography, driven 7 hours to California just to walk along the beach and then driven back, visited the site of ground zero, married my best friend, volunteered at my church, met inspiring people every day, and I am thankful to know who I am and that I am a valuable person on this Earth.

Why I am a Mormon

I was baptized about 6 different religions as a child, sort of trying to cover my bases because I knew there was a God, I just didn't know which religion was true. I went to live in a foster home at age 12 with my younger sister who was 3. My three brothers were in 3 other foster homes and 2 were eventually returned home to my mother. My sister and I did not. In my teen years, I was no longer practicing any religion and my life was quickly becoming unmanageable. I graduated and accidentally went to college and dropped out for a while. At the young age of 26, I was sick a lot and there was no hope. I had lower back pain from a spinal tap years prior, I was diagnosed with "Chronic Fatigue" and told I would probably have it the rest of my life, and I had 4 unhealthy addictions - it all finally caught up with me. I had tried alternative medicine therapy but it was expensive so I decided it was time to go big or go home and I drastically changed my life for the better. I decided the big day would be August 1, 2002. Unlike most changes, this was immediate. I was inspired to pray and make an "agreement" to God. I said, "God- if you are real, I fully expect you to heal my body". I was inspired that in order to let Him help in that process, I needed to quit my addictions and eat healthier. I did it and one month later, my pain was gone and I had no cravings. I know I did not make the changes on my own. I know He is the Master Healer. I asked a coworker to have his teachers, or as they are called, missionaries, over to my home. I drilled them hard and they showed me things that made sense and the teachings rang true in my heart. I was baptized a month later. Today, I live a normal, healthy life and am a wife and mother of 2 children. I'm a Mormon because I know who I am within God's plan. He tells me who I am: I am His daughter, placed on this earth to be happy and share this message with others!

How I live my faith

I live my faith by being an example like Jesus. I give of my time and talents to others and do so because I know what receiving feels like and I know it has helped me throughout my life, especially as a child. I used to be very shy and did not want to ask others for help or felt I did not know how to help others so I wouldn't. I now know that God wants me to stretch myself and that I CAN do those things which may be challenging. I know because I have done them. For example, I was terrified to speak in front of people. I could talk with one or even two people, but more than that and I was scared stiff! My heart would pound in my ear, I couldn't think, I would look down at the ground. One day, I prayed for Him to help me be calm when I bear my testimony in front of 300 people. It wasn't automatic, but I had to have faith He could do that for me. The first few times I said just a few words and by the third time, I was totally calm! I am so grateful for a loving Heavenly Father who knows me and who guides me by the Holy Ghost. Without it, I am lost and I feel a spiritual pain. I love when I feel I need to help someone or just to say hello or to take my neighbor some bread. It is surely better to give than to receive and Jesus was the greatest example of that.