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Hi I'm Dana

I'm a child motivation specialist. I run literally, so I can run figuratively. I'm incredibly happy. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Coming from a large family, both my husband and I were shocked when the doctor told us we couldn't have any more biological children than our two sons. I never would have guessed that going through infertility, would be one of the greatest trials of my faith. We completed a home study for adoption. During that process, I went ahead and took the doctor's advice to have an MRI, due to an elevated prolactin level. I had a tumor on my pituitary gland, which I had removed. After that, we decided to do one cycle of IVF. We fasted and prayed, as did our family. Nine months later, we welcomed our boy/girl twins home. Ten months later, I felt a strong impression I would have another child. After all we had gone through with infertility, I smiled at the impossible thought. Less than 2 years after the twins, we welcomed our final child home. Now my life revolves around all 5 of these incredible, challenging, mischievous, energetic kids.

Why I am a Mormon

I was standing on a dock looking back to the million dollar homes on the beach in Malibu. I thought I would not trade my faith, and all that I know, to live in one of those homes. The Book of Mormon is as true to me, as the sky is blue and trees are green. The principles taught through the stories of people's lives that lived on the American continent are as applicable today as they were 400 B.C.-400 A.D. I love that book, I use it daily. As our family reads it together, a change happens in our home. There is less fighting, more patience. There is greater faith. It is such a gratifying gift to have children with faith. They turn to God when they are lost, (sometimes literally), and I hope they will continue to do so throughout their lives. I'm happier when I live the gospel of Jesus Christ. With the Bible and the Book of Mormon, I feel I know and understand my Heavenly Father, and his son, Jesus Christ. I know my purpose in life, and have confidence that my Heavenly Father loves and knows me, and will direct my choices. Sometimes He doesn't remove my "burden", but He gives me the strength to carry them.

How I live my faith

I play the piano for the children ages 3-11 at church. I'm not an expert, but can play children's songs with enthusiasm. Last week, I substituted for the organist. It didn't turn out too well, when I accidentally bumped a button, that erased all the stops. The congregation had to sing without accompaniment for 2 measures, while I reset everything. Thankfully, our ward is very forgiving, and no one said anything about the incident:) My faith is much like that event, though. I mess up quite a lot. But through the atonement, Christ compensates for my mistakes. He helps me get back on track, forgiving myself, or forgiving others as the need may be.

What is the Law of Chastity?

While I believed and obeyed this law as a teenager, it wasn't until my daughter was raving about how my husband is the "very, very bestest daddy in the whole world", that I really got just how important it was. "I chose that man to be your daddy!" (She definitely gives her dad preferential treatment, so I was trying to get a bit of credit:) I chose a man who respected me, and had the discipline to put his life on the line, put a ring on my finger, and devote his time, money, and everything he had to me and our future children. Obeying that law, and finding a man who also obeyed this law, has been the foundation of our current stability and happiness. Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

All you have to do is visit one of our churches and the building itself will show you how the church regards Mormon women. Our churches are pretty utilitarian. We have industrial carpet, no frill kitchens, and a gym with either a wood floor basketball court, or curiously enough, a basketball line woven carpet. Metal chairs can be found in the classrooms. Then you walk into the Relief Society room, where the women meet. The folding chairs are plush and padded. The table is covered in lace, with a floral bouquet. The best artwork adorn the walls. There's a nice wallpaper, and usually the best piano in the building is placed in there. My sons are in scouts. Their leaders teach them to open doors for us, they also give women and girls first dibs at the "refreshments." :) If there aren't enough seats in a room, a girl or woman, would be given the seat. The church may believe in equality, but truth be known, women get preferential treatment-just ask my boys! Show more Show less