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Hi I'm Dana

I'm a mom of 3, and a grandma of 6 ... so far! I'm an assistant manager at a bank. And I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I've lived a pretty normal life and would say that I am just an average person. I've never done anything amazing and my talents are not something that make me stand out, but I am very happy just being average and am very comfortable with who I am. Growing up with 3 sisters and no brothers in a 2 bedroom, one bathroom house, I learned how to share, (taping off our part of the bedroom never did work), how to wait my turn (the bathroom was always busy), and how to find my own space with limited resources (my top bunkbed was my oasis). I also learned how to mow the lawn (making paths and designs), rake leaves (into the shape of floor plans of my dream home) and harvest almonds from our almond trees (and the art of stomping them just right to crack the outer shell but not damage the nut.) When I have time, I enjoy baking, sewing, and eating. Well, I can always find time for eating! I also enjoy spending family time and wish there were more of that in my life. My family is my prize possession and they keep me busy, but I wouldn't trade any of that for anything! That is what makes me feel the most accomplished. When I finish my life, I want to look back and know that I put my best time and effort into my family. I have recently arranged to take one day a week off of work without pay so I can have time to spend one-on-one with my family members. I'm excited to get this started. The trick will be figuring out who to pick first!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon family, but I came to realize at a young age that just being born a Mormon didn't mean I had the knowlege and testimony of a Mormon. I had to develop that knowledge and testimony on my own. When I was young my mother taught me about Heavenly Father and Jesus, and how I could pray and receive answers. Once she had us kneel and pray to find the car keys. We had searched and searched and they were nowhere to be found. When she suggested praying about it I thought, "God is way too busy running the universe to be able to find our keys." But after our prayer I stood and walked straight to where the keys were. I knew right then and there that I had a loving Heavenly Father, who wasn't too busy to help me with anything I needed. He taught me that day that I was special to him. Since then I have continued to pray to him and he has always been there for me. I have learned how to feel the promptings of His spirit and have been blessed with the knowledge that He lives and loves me. I am his daugher with divine potential. I also know that His Son, Jesus Christ, lives and that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is His restored gospel on the earth today. I know that he suffered and died for the sins of the world and that I can repent for my sins and take advantage of his great atoning gift. I know these things through answers to my sincere prayers. There are so many people who are willing to believe the false stories and information that is out there about Mormons. Especially that we are not Christians. If only people would withhold their judgements, and research for themselves, they would find that our church is a very normal, Christian church. I have often wondered if I had not been born a Mormon, would I have accepted the teachings? or would I have believed the incorrect worldly views that are out there? I want to think that I would have listened, prayed and known that this is Christ's church on the earth today.

How I live my faith

I try hard daily to be a good example to those around me, at home, at work, and out in the community. Honesty, integrity and good moral values are very important to me and I have made every effort to teach my children to live by these values. I want others to know of my love for my Heavenly Father and my Savior, Jesus Christ, by the things I do and say. I know when people find out I'm a Mormon, they watch to see if I am living my life according to the teachings of the gospel. I really hope it shows. Currently I am a leader of the women's organization in our area. This is new for me since most of my adult life I have been asked to teach and lead the children and youth groups. I have enjoyed working with the younger groups and it has been such a great learning experience in preparation for my current position. I am enjoying working with the women in our area and find that there are many converts and investigators that come to our meetings. I meet so many women from so many different backgrounds and circumstances. It has been fun meeting and getting to know these women and to help them learn and understand the principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ.