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Hi I'm Dana

I grew up in Kentucky. I love to surf and to sew. I live in San Diego with my husband. I'm a convert, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love to paint. I love to draw. I surf as often as I can (which if I had my way would be twice a day). I run. I got a BFA in painting and I like to create all types of art. I treat my nails as a canvas in which to perpetually paint and experiment. I like to draw Victorian Homes. I like to take pictures. I like vintage furniture and decorating my house and making things for it. I sew (a lot). I like going to thrift store and giving new life to old things. Basically, I like to make things.

Why I am a Mormon

I met my best friend in the 8th grade. She introduced me to the Church. I started by going to activities like dances and youth events, and then eventually church. I got baptized at 16. I knew the Church was true in my heart and that I was making the right choice. My family didn't get baptized but they supported my in my decision. My mom told me that she was happy that I was becoming a member because she could see a positive change in me. Near the end of high school I stopped going to church, if not for any other reason than laziness. When I was 19 I realized that things weren't working out so well and decided to go back to church. I was amazed at how welcomed back I felt. I soon read the Book of Mormon the whole way through, the first time I'd done that. That changed my life. Little by little as I read it I knew it was true, and I could feel Christ's teachings so strongly in it. I asked questions; I got answers. This was definitely a turning point in my life. I soon decided to go to a church university, which has been one of the best decisions of my life. All of these decisions have built upon one another. I have never regretted joining this church. Not once. All of the most important decisions and events in my life have been marked by being a part of this church. Gaining faith in Jesus Christ as my savior and a father in heaven who loves us and has created us. Going to a church school where I was able to learn from and live with people with the same values. Meet and marry my husband. I wouldn't have these things without it. And I am eternally grateful for these things.

How I live my faith

In our church I help by teaching the 8 and 9 year old kids. At first it was really challenging and overwhelming. I would go to church dreading the time when I would have to teach each Sunday. This was so ridiculous because each time I would go to church with that attitude I would leave that day with a complete opposite view. I found that those days, especially, we'd have very powerful, spiritual conversations. My own attitudes have repeatedly made a liar our of me. When I dread going to serve, in this case teaching the children, I leave feeling so great and that I've done something good for myself and for them. I'm pretty sure they teach me.

Are Mormons Christians?

Definitely. Like the title implies, we are followers of Jesus Christ. We believe that he came to earth, taught and preached to the multitudes, was baptized for the remission of sins-so that he could lead by example and fulfill that commandment, was judged and crucified, laid to rest in the tomb, rose from the grave with a physical body and appeared unto his disciples. His life is his sacrifice. He followed God's plan and did all that he asked of him. He didn't have to, he had his own choice, but chose to do so because he loves us and wanted to do that for us. He took on the sins of us all so that we can live with God. He gave his life for all of us. He is the center of this church. Show more Show less