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Hi I'm Dana

I love to travel and I love bakery cake. I'm a semi-retired runner, a mom of 3, and a foods teacher. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up Mormon with 6 sisters before our one and only brother came along. We loved to sew, cook and hang out together. We were and still are each other's best friends. I'm so lucky. I earned a BS in Home Economics from Brigham Young University, then served a mission to Bolivia in 1988. That's where I learned how most of the world lives. It was a great experience to serve those humble, loving people and to be exposed to life outside of the United States. After my mission, I returned to BYU to pursue a graduate degree in my field with an emphasis in Cross-Cultural Studies. I met my husband there. We have 3 kids, a son and two daughters. We have lived in Texas and Utah, raising our kids primarily in Utah. We love to travel. We've been fortunate to take our kids to Hawaii (my husband's home), California (Disneyland is a family favorite), Sweden (to visit grandparents on a mission), the Netherlands (on our way to Sweden), New York City, Washington, D.C., Palmyra, NY (the boyhood home of Joseph Smith) and Nauvoo, Illinois (city built by early Mormon pioneers). With every vacation, our family bonds and makes new memories. I teach foods part-time at BYU and I love it. My co-workers are my family away from home. The foods lab is our "safe and happy place" on campus. I have run half marathons and a marathon. I recently completed a Ragnar Trail Relay with family. I'm not getting any younger, so I may stick to walking daily with my 2 BFF's. It keeps us fit and it's great therapy.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born to Mormon parents and raised Mormon. With that said, everyone needs to find out for themselves that this is Chris't restored gospel. When I was in college, I studied and prayed to know if the church I had grown up in was true. I was sitting in church on BYU campus and praying in my mind as the sacrament was being passed. I had an overwhelming feeling that what I'd learned and lived up until that point in my life was, indeed, true. The Gospel of Jesus Christ teaches me that God has a plan for me, that He's aware of me and that He loves me. This knowledge brings me comfort and hope.

How I live my faith

I hope I live my faith daily, by trying to be kind to others and treating them as Jesus would. To me, being a Mormon is not a Sunday-only thing. I feel it's who I am everyday. At a recent church-wide broadcast, members were challenged to reach out to others, to help them feel the love of the Savior. At work, I am able to reach out to college students in our cooking lab and give them encouragement in this challenging time of their lives. I love them and I hope they know it by the way I treat them. I think that contributes greatly to my job satisfaction. I also live my faith by teaching and setting an example for my kids. I have them help me make and deliver meals to people who might need a little "pick-me-up." As a foods teacher, one thing I can do is to cook and take meals to friends in need. We have daily scripture discussions at home, weekly family nights and attend church on Sunday together. Our church is fueled by the volunteer service of its members. I have had many opportunities to serve. I have taught children in their classes on Sundays; been involved with young women in their summer camps, weeknight activities and Sunday classes; and I currently teach the women's Sunday class once a month. I love the women's organization in our church, the Relief Society. It gives us girls a chance to meet together, to talk about concerns and doctrine as they apply to women and mothers, and to serve one another. The men also have their meetings and I think they need that guy time just as much as we girls need our time. I serve outside of my church mostly through my kids' sports teams. I volunteer to be a team manager, team mom or whatever else the coach needs. I have also volunteered in recent political campaigns. I honestly feel busy enough with just kids, husband, church and work, but when I can, I reach beyond that. If we all just do a little bit, the work load is lighter for everyone, right? I've also made some great friendships through volunteer work. What a bonus!