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Hi I'm Alana

I am a mother and wife. I am HAPPY. I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I am a stay-at-home mom and I am so thankful for that privilege! I am an only girl with 3 awesome brothers - but don't tell them that - and my parents have been married for almost 43 years. My husband is my perfect complement and, thus far, we have 3 beautiful children. Our youngest was born in January after many years of trying and more than 13 miscarriages - both early and late. But when the time was right the Lord blessed us with a child once again. I love music of many kinds but definitely not all. We have recently moved to the country on 3.3 acres and while it has been quite the adjustment (having never lived in the country) I can't imagine how I have lived anywhere else. I grew my first garden this year and BOY was that a learning experience. I am hoping that more thorough planning next year will be my best battle against the onslaught of weeds. I aspire to do many things but take joy in the relative few that I am actually able to complete. I am coming to the close of my first year in book club and am surprised by how much I enjoy it. My favorite quotes - I heard them from my dad but don't know who said them first. "Remember who you are and what you stand for." "Have a good day, whether you like it or not." "Happiness is a choice."

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because in 1967 at 19 my dad answered the door and invited the missionaries into his home. He invited them to come back that night and changed his date plans with his girlfriend and future wife. Instead of seeing a movie they talked with the missionaries and, as they say, the rest is history. I am STILL a Mormon because the gospel is TRUE. I have tears in my eyes as I consider this. It is my deepest desire for others to understand and love the gospel of Jesus Christ the way that I do. If there was anything that I could say that could guarantee that love and understanding for others, I would say it. So, without a guarantee, I will share with you my testimony and pray that the Spirit will touch your heart as you read it so that you may have the same assurances that I do. Jesus Christ is our Savior. Through Him and His atoning sacrifice, we have the opportunity to return to live with our Heavenly Father again if we will only repent and come unto Christ. It is NEVER too late to turn to the Savior. The temple is the house of the Lord and its blessings are endless. Because of the temple I have an eternal family and this is my greatest blessing. The Book of Mormon and The Bible are true. God answers prayers, but we must first pray. Living the gospel is not restrictive it is liberating! It allows us to be freed from our sins. I am a Mormon because the Spirit has testified to me so many times that it is right. It makes me happy and gives me the peace that I seek.

How I live my faith

My faith is the center of who I am. It influences every choice I make, large or small. Service is the most rewarding way to follow the example of my Savior. Whether taking meals to our ailing neighbor, helping a friend clean her house, or volunteering my time at my daughter's school, it helps me recognize all the blessings in my life and forget most of my troubles. Monthly, I visit or make contact with some of the other women at church to fellowship with them, take them a spiritual message, or just provide support and comfort. I serve in several areas within our church. I coordinate and schedule all of the congregational, choir, and special musical numbers for our sacrament meetings and biannual conferences and I play the piano in our children's Sunday School. I trust in my Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ. In trusting them, I also trust in those whom they have called and placed in leadership positions in the church. Whether it is the prophet Thomas S. Monson or our local bishop and other leaders, I know that they are men who have been called of God and are instruments in his hands to spread the gospel and enrich the lives of those over whom they have stewardship. Though clearly not perfect, I know that by striving each day to be the best person that I can be and taking advantage of my Savior's atoning sacrifice, I can be perfect in Christ. There is a saying "If you want to talk to the Lord, pray, if you want the Lord to talk to you, read the scriptures." I have experienced this many times in my life. The greatest comfort you will ever experience will come from Heavenly Father through the inspiration of the Holy Ghost. The gospel gives me an eternal perspective which really allows me to focus on the things of most importance and not dwell on the things that will not matter after this life. This eternal perspective brings me great happiness. I love my Savior and am so grateful for his sacrifice for that allows me to repent and be forgiven when I fall short.