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Hi I'm Dalana

I grew up on golf courses my parents managed. Now I am a nurse who works with computers. I am a Mormon.

About Me

Even though I grew up on golf courses I never wanted to golf. Instead I always wanted to be a nurse. As soon as I graduated from high school I had the opportunity to go to nursing school. For many years I worked as a nurse in the newborn intensive care nursery and then in labor and delivery. At some point computers were introduced into the hospital environment. Using a computer while taking care of a patient can be very challenging for nurses and doctors. I felt that taking care of the patient and computerizing their health care information was so important that I decided to go back to school to figure out how to assist in making a system that will work better for everyone. Computers can aid in gathering patient information and then study it to see what types of practices really give the safest and best type of patient care. Now I work with improving the computer software that will support nurses, doctors and patients.

Why I am a Mormon

I have five children (four that are living), three grandchildren, two dogs and a husband. My family is my most important priority. I believe the gospel of Jesus Christ provides the guidance to seal my family together beyond this life. That is important to me because I cannot imagine what eternal life would hold if it did not include each one of my present family members. However, family extends beyond those that I know to those that I have never met. Those family members are also important because they have sacrificed things that put me in this great country and gave me opportunities for many blessings. I believe that other families may have the same concerns and wishes for their families. I believe that the family unit is designed from an existing plan and our Savior wants us to be together beyond this life and provides a way for this to occur. My family is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

My faith seems to be on my mind much of the time as I don’t just attend church on Sunday, but may be involved in church related activities throughout the week. Church membership has given me the opportunity to volunteer as a nurse at the youth girl’s camp and Cub Scout day camps; teach young children, teach teenagers and teach the women. Currently I assist in the nursery teaching our youngest members about our Savior Jesus Christ. Life is very busy in a Mormon church. I often think about Jesus Christ and his purpose for us. I am glad that I have some direction from his teachings because I have worked with many families who endured difficult situations. Life is very sad when a newborn baby is born sick, but supporting someone through the experience is easier when there is knowledge about a plan that is greater than what we currently know.

Why is family so important to Mormons?

In case you did not see it, this is our official church answer, I cannot think of anything else that I could add to this statement other than my family is why I am a Mormon. Our families provide a setting for much of the growth we experience in life. In our families we love, serve, teach, and learn from each other. We share our joys and our sorrows. Family ties may bring us difficult challenges, but they also give us strength and some of our greatest happiness. The family is central to God’s plan for His children. It is also the central unit of society and the means for bringing children into the world where they can be loved, provided for, and taught truth and righteousness (see “The Family: A Proclamation to the World”). While we cannot choose the conditions of our birth, we can choose each day to make our families stronger and happier. It is possible for individuals to return to the presence of God and for families to be united eternally. Show more Show less