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Hi I'm Lana Howard

I'm an amateur songwriter, but I'm going to pay the bills as a dental hygienist. I love being a Mormon.

About Me

I am a dental hygiene student, but I like to learn about anything and everything--especially history. I also love being outside, skiing, dancing, being with my friends, eating good food, going on road trips, and being part of a family. I always feel most worthwhile when I am working or being a listening ear for someone who needs one. My mom is a big music person, and my dad is good with a pen so I got started at the piano and in writing poetry pretty young. When I got into high school I started giving a lot of time to songwriting. I wrote a lot about dating and the challenges of being a teenager, but those songs don't mean much to me anymore. They just seem dramatic and silly now. I wrote my favorite composition, "Sleep On, My Son", for a Christmas program at church during my senior year of high school. It's a Nativity lullaby that talks about the identity and mission of Jesus Christ through the eyes of his mother's love for him. You can listen to it or download sheetmusic for free on youtube if you'd like.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I learned to love God as a little girl through the words of the children's songs I was taught at church. I remember walking out to my family's car after church singing from the Bible: "Choose ye this day whom ye will follow. The choice is yours to hear God's word, but as for me and my house we will follow the Lord" (Joshua 24:15). Also "If you don't talk as most people do, some people talk and laugh at you but I won't, I won't." And, "Love one another as Jesus loves you. Try to show kindness in all that you do. Be gentle and loving in deed and in thought, for these are the things Jesus taught." There were so many good ones. I sang these songs on the school bus, at home, and to my dad's horses. I loved them because they brought light and happiness to my heart. I felt that they were true, and I tried to live them. I continue to be a Mormon now that I have left that time of innocence because believing in God and trying to serve him has been the joy of my life. The same God who gave me that good feeling when I sang happy children's songs has answered my prayers in specific ways many times. He has helped me to know that the Book of Mormon is true and a worthy companion to the Bible, and he has changed the course of my life for the better many times through studying the Book of Mormon and the Bible together. He has helped me to know that the living apostles who lead the LDS church are prophets just like the prophets of the Bible and the Book of Mormon. He has helped me to know that I am his daughter, that he loves and values me, and that my life has importance and purpose. He gives me comfort when I am afraid, hope when I am depressed or guilty, guidance when I am confused, confidence when I am insecure, help when I am burdened, and correction as I am ready to receive it. He has been there in my darkest hours to help me leave darkness behind. Through him and through obedience to him, I have found increased happiness and ability to serve others.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by playing the piano for the congregation to be able to sing hymns on Sundays. I also speak in meetings when I am asked to, and I try to help others feel welcome at church. When I'm not at church, I do my very best to make good choices that honor God and help the people around me. When I hurt someone or act in anger I try to make it right and learn from my mistakes. Right now one of my goals is to be more patient with people because the Lord is very patient with me.

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Lana Howard
We need to be baptized by true priesthood authority for the same reason that we need to sign business contracts with someone who has true authority to represent their company. A contract is only as valid as the signatures on it, and baptism is a contract with God. By being baptized we make the promises to God that he has asked of us (accepting Jesus Christ as our Savior and committing to obey and serve him), and in return he promises us certain blessings recorded in scripture (forgiveness of sins, the gift of the Holy Ghost to help us become more like God, and salvation in the kingdom of God). We have authority to sign the contract of baptism for our part of the agreement, but only someone who has been given authority by God to act in his name has the right to invoke his signature and promise his blessings. Baptism without proper authority is just a symbolic expression of faith in Christ. Baptism by proper authority has the true power of salvation as Jesus taught. Show more Show less