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Hi I'm Dana.

I'm a missionary in the Italy Milan mission, I love the beach, I love people and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Dana. I have a younger sister who I love with all my heart. Our parents divorced when we were young. I am a sophmore in college, studying economics and hope to go into business. I love to swim, read, and be with friends. I have been many places throughout the world and I want to travel much more.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up Catholic, we never really went to Church, but that is what I considered myself. I had friends that I had known since kindergarten who were the nicest girls in my grade and they were Mormon. One day they invited me to go to ice cream with them and I love ice cream so, of course, I agreed. While we were sitting down the topic of religion came up. I had always been interested in other religions so when they invited me to meet with the missionaries I said yes. Originally I was terrified to meet the missionaries. I thought for sure I would be forced to join their church or that there would be so much pressure I wouldn't be able to get away. The first thing they said to me, however, was that there was no pressure for me to meet with them and that I should come for myself. As I heard the missionaries for the first time, I thought the Joseph Smith story was one of the craziest things I had ever heard in my life. But I enjoyed meeting with them and I was interested in what they had to say, so I agreed to meet with them again. The next topic they talked about was the Plan of Salvation. After I heard the Plan of Salvation I knew there was no way that could have been created by any man. It had to have come from God. And if it came from God then Joseph Smith had to be a Prophet. 8 months later I was baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I have never regretted my decision and I have never been happier. I know that Joseph Smith is a prophet of God. I know that Christ's church is on the earth today. I am so grateful to be a member of this church. I never thought I could be this happy. I have a relationship with Heavenly Father that is closer than I ever thought possible. I am excited to read scriptures, I am excited to pray everyday. The Gospel has made me a kinder, more loving, more charitable person. It makes me want to be more like Christ. That is why I am Mormon and I am proud to be able to say so.

How I live my faith

I love the different ways I get to contribute to the ward. I am a ward missionary in my ward at college and I love it. It requires me to be aware of those who are struggling or who are in need of support. I am also in charge of sending out the emails to everyone with announcements about that weeks activities. I also get to visit teach two other girls in my ward. Visiting teaching is still relatively new to me but I have come to love the girls I visit teach. Everyone always asks "Is their anything I can do for you?" And the hard part to remember is that they mean it. I would do anything to help out the girls that I visit teach. In addition to helping in my ward, I live my faith every moment of everyday. I try to be an example of Christ in all that I do and in the way I interact with people. I try to keep the commandments the best I can. But I, of course, am not perfect and so I am constantly trying to improve myself. I do not swear or take the Lord's name in vain. I do not drink alcohol or smoke. Some may find that restrciting but it is what makes me happy. I learned once that the commandments are like the string of a kite. A kite can not fly without that string but if you take away that string it will fall. So while some think that the commandments hold us down it is really what makes us fly. I live my faith all the time.

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Absolutely. God is unchanging, He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. If He called prophets in ancient days, He must call them again today. Prophets help us to know God's will. I had a hard time gaining a testimony of modern day prophets until I heard President Monson speak. I heard him talk in General Conference there was no doubt in my mind that Thomas S. Monson is a prophet of God. The Spirit bore witness to me and there is nothing more powerful or more concrete than the confirming power of the Spirit. Show more Show less