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Hi I'm Dana

I grew up in Las Vegas. I have 5 children (including triplets) and a wonderful husband. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a Mom and am so grateful to be one. My husband and I tried for over 3 years to have children and were blessed with our 1st daughter. Then, wanting a 2nd child, we started trying again and I got pregnant with triplets! They were born at 27 weeks, 3 months early. It was an extremely difficult time knowing their lives were hanging in the balance. We weren't sure if they were going to survive but they did and after 100 days in the hospital they came home. Then, 3 1/2 years later without trying we had our 5th child. Life is wonderful as a family! I was a stay-at-home mom for 17 years, I've recently gone to work very part-time and only while the kids are in school. I love photography, eating, watching movies and serving in my church.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, my parents divorced when I was 9 years old. I chose to live with my father. He struggled in the church and most Sundays he would drop me off at church and I would either sit alone or find a family to sit with. I didn't have many friends in the ward I was in and so it wasn't easy to be there on my own. I loved the gospel but when I was about 16 years old I got tired of having little support from home and stopped going for 3 months. After those 3 months I decided to go to church one Sunday and felt the spirit of the Holy Ghost so strongly that I knew that's where I was supposed to be. I never committed any great sins while I was inactive but the difference of actively being involved in the church and not were a huge contrast to me. I have never since that time become less active. Jesus Christ is my Savior and Redeemer. I have seen His hand in my life too many times to ever deny His existence. He has blessed my life beyond belief. That doesn't mean I haven't had many trials but He has always helped me through them and I have become a better person because of them. I am a Mormon because His church has all the answers. It is all so simple and yet wonderful. I have received a witness through the Holy Ghost that Christ lives and this is His church. I believe He restored it to the earth through the prophet Joseph Smith. The Book of Mormon is true scripture that goes hand in hand with the Bible. It only teaches good and true principles. It makes me want to be a better person and live in a way that I can return to live with my Heavenly Father. I believe in eternal families and that if we live right we can be together forever in the next life.

How I live my faith

I loving serving in my church and in my community. Being involved enriches my life and gives me the opportunity to bless others lives. I have regularly volunteered in my children's schools and even served a 3 year term on the Board of Directors for a charter school. In my church I am grateful to regularly have an assignment to serve. Over the years I have been a teacher many times for children, youth and adults. I have been the president of a youth organization and planned many activities for the youth to serve in their community and learn the gospel of Jesus Christ. I have lead a cub scout organization and monthly visit women in my church to support them and care for them. Serving others make me feel fulfilled. When I focus on others it helps me to forget about my own problems and feel better about myself. I try every day to be an example of our Savior's love for all of us.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Through Christ's grace, we are saved after all we can do. All we can do means to me to repent of our sins and put forth every effort possible to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to become like Him. Everyone has different levels of "all we can do" and therefore Christ always will make up that difference. Meaning the difference between "all we can do" and what it actually takes to be saved and return to live with Him again. Christ is so merciful yet expects us to make the effort. Show more Show less