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Hi I'm Dana (Johnson) Clark

I am wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and a retired nurse living in Lindon, UT. I love being a Mormon!

About Me

Mormon.org Profile I am the only child of two wonderful, devoted parents. My father, a military man, raised me with a strong work ethic, family commitment, and devotion to the United States of America. We moved a lot, but it was preparing me for an entire lifetime of moving , rarely letting my roots grow too deep. I have been married for 50 years; have 8 wonderful children, 34 terrific grandchildren, and 1 adorable great grandchild. I was fortunate to stay at home with my children when they were small. As they grew older, I accumulated 25 years working as a registered nurse, mostly in the area of labor/delivery and mother/baby. I ended my career in the risk management department of a hospital. I earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in nursing. Sewing was a necessity with my large family, and a rewarding hobby for me. I created clothing for everyone from the babies to myself and my husband and many household accessories. I also love needlework. My family has enjoyed many camping trips over the years, picnics in the canyons, fishing trips, and just being out in nature. We also had a large garden and we spent countless hours canning, freezing, and drying our food. I enjoyed cooking. I love good music, reading, plays, sentimental movies, and learning. Most of my life has been spent raising and teaching my children. My family is my life. Worship and service in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint fill any leftover time I may have.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were not religious, but from the time I was a small child, I knew there was a God, He loves me, He created this Universe, and obeying His commandments will bring me happiness. Although they did not attend, my parents were willing to take me to whichever church I wanted in many different places, as we moved frequently. From the beginning, as I learned about Jesus Christ, I knew He was the one I wanted to follow. I was drawn to the simple children’s stories about Him. I went to many different denominations, but always felt like I was “home” when I attended the Mormon Church. When I was 11, a girl my age sought me out and offered me rides to church. We became close friends, and as I grew to love her and her family, I knew this was the kind of life I wanted. As the missionaries taught me, the concepts resonated true with me. There was no doubt in my mind the true church of Jesus Christ was restored to the earth through Joseph Smith. As I read the Book of Mormon, I felt love and truth coming from the pages. I looked forward to reading the words of the apostles each month. I longed to meet with the saints each week and was baptized at age 12. Over the years my testimony and commitment to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has only deepened. I know it is God’s true church on earth. I know that Joseph Smith was God’s instrument in restoring the church to the earth after a time of apostasy. I know the scriptures are true as far as they are translated correctly. The Book of Mormon is God’s word to His children in this continent and it testifies of Jesus Christ on every page. Jesus is my Savior. He is the head of this church. He speaks to us through His prophets on the earth and guides the affairs of His church. I am a Mormon because I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has the authority, the teachings, and the way for me to return to live with my family, my Heavenly Father, and Jesus Christ forever. This will be true happiness.

How I live my faith

I try to begin every day with a prayer, reading scriptures and words from our leaders. As they grew, I taught my children the principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ, expected them to live the gospel, and tried to be a good example to them. I try to find opportunities to serve others. I keep the standards of the church and share the gospel with whomever I can. To me, being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints does not just mean going to church every Sunday, although that is part of it. Keeping the Ten Commandments and the principles of the gospel, being charitable to everyone, and trying to live like Jesus taught-EVERYDAY-is how I try to live my faith. I am always happy to serve in the church whenever I am called. Last week my husband and I were called to serve a full-time stay-at-home mission in the Utah Orem Mission and we are excited to serve in that capacity. As we strive to live the teachings of Jesus Christ, I look forward to being with my family eternally in the hereafter.