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Hi I'm Dana

I'm an improvisational pianist and aspiring author. I'm a mother and a Mormon.

About Me

I am the first person in my birth family to join the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. It has been a difficult journey, yet with the early Mormon pioneers as an example, I carry on. I enjoy improvisational piano, acoustic guitar, singing, traveling, learning languages, family history, reading, and writing stories.

Why I am a Mormon

I was an active Christian in my high school years. I read the Bible every morning before going to school. I tried to share my beliefs with others. I did my best to obey the ten commandments and other counsel given in the Bible. I had Mormon acquaintances at school who explained to me what they believed and set a good example. Because of them, I knew that Mormons truly did believe in Jesus Christ as I did. At that time, though, I discounted much of what they had to say because of negative things I had heard about Mormons from other people. One day I realized that many of my personal beliefs were based upon what I had been told to believe. I made a commitment to God that whatever the truth was, no matter who it came from, I would choose to believe it. A few years later, as a married mother of one, I was no longer attending church because I was bothered by the inequality I saw between men and women in the churches I attended. I observed my in-laws, who were active Mormons, and was very impressed at the equality in their marriage. I researched the doctrines of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints by skimming the Bible Dictionary contained in their scriptures. I asked my husband's aunt, also an active Mormon, a lot of questions. Many of the beliefs were a lot different than I had ever heard, but when taken together, they made a lot of sense. I attended a temple visitor's center with my husband. I realized that I desired to believe. I watched a video about Joseph Smith and thought that if I had been God, I would have chosen someone like him to be a prophet. I felt the fruits of the Spirit fill me up that day, and for the first time I knew for myself that the Holy Spirit was real. I am a Mormon because the Book of Mormon makes the Bible finally make sense. I am a Mormon because it empowers me as a woman. I am a Mormon because it is the purest, truest, sweetest form of Christianity. I am a Mormon because I am one of his sheep, and I heard his voice.

How I live my faith

I visit several women in their homes every month to see how they are doing. I teach my children to pray, read scriptures, sing gospel songs, and obey gospel principles. I decorate my home with pictures of the Savior and temples. I go to the temple with my husband every month.

In whom should we have faith?

A lot of people have a misconception that we worship Joseph Smith. Not true. We worship Jesus Christ. We have faith in Jesus Christ. We follow Jesus Christ. We honor Joseph Smith as a prophet because of what he taught us about Jesus Christ, just as we honor all other prophets from the Bible and the Book of Mormon for what they taught us about Jesus Christ. Likewise, we honor our prophet today because he helps us build our faith in Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

The Atonement was an act of love performed by our perfect elder brother, Jesus Christ, to bridge the gap between us and God that had been created by sin. During the Atonement, Jesus suffered in the Garden of Gethsemane as well as on the cross, and his agony was the maximum pain that a person could suffer. He suffered for our every sin, yes, but he also suffered for our every heartbreak, our every ailment, our every sickness, our every wound. It is because of the Atonement that we know we are not alone in our struggles, that someone truly understands what we feel and is broken with us, that he mourns with us when we mourn. The crowning event of the Atonement was the Resurrection, in which Jesus Christ's body and spirit rejoined. Through that we also have hope that our body and spirit will be reunited in perfect form, without infirmity, never to be separated again. The Atonement is Hope. The Atonement is Love. Show more Show less