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Hi I'm Alana

I grew up in London in a single parent home, I work with special needs children in mainstream schools and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

As a baby I lived in various places around London and England until my parents divorce when I was 18 months old. My mother and I came back to Central London where I have lived ever since and have lived in my current home since 1994. I struggled a lot with bullies growing up and became quite the introvert enjoying virtual reality much more than the outside world. I left school at 18 after struggling to get good exam grades and joined a teaching assistant agency who gave me job opportunities that allowed for me to be trained on the job. I first worked in a special needs school for only a year before moving onto a mainstream school but still supporting children with special needs, I stayed at that school for 2 years before getting my current job which I have been at since September of 2011. I love to travel, I have been to the USA 5 times, I've also been to Brussels, France, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. I hope to do some other areas in Europe soon too and in the Summer of 2018 I will be flying out to Tanzania for 2 weeks with other volunteers to live with a local tribe. Musicals and books are my other interests I could spend hours just perusing in a book store and love visiting all the different worlds they offer, my favourite musicals are Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables their music is so powerful and emotional it always takes me away with the story.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born a member of the Church, my mother joined when she was 15 and my father joined in his 20s. As a teenager I began to question and wonder, if this was all I knew how could I know it was true? My mother allowed me to go and explore other religions, attend their services where possible and research what I could from friends and family of other beliefs. When I was 17 years old I attended a youth conference for all Latter-day saint young men and women aged 14 - 18 in Exeter, I got to meet other teenagers my age who shared common beliefs. Through the week we spent at the conference learning new things each day, I felt a warm sensation in my heart that burned so strongly I knew that this was the fulfilled Gospel of Christ. I haven't looked back since that day and I have continued to feel my Heavenly Father and Saviour's light and guidance in my life as I continue to learn and grow.

How I live my faith

I currently serve as a Family History and Temple Consultant helping people who are looking to either start their family tree or are struggling with filling in a gap of their tree. I love working with people on their trees and hearing all the wonderful stories they have to share about their family and being able to discover new things with them. I also use my beliefs in my daily life, the teachings of the Church help me to continually remember the value of all human beings and that because they are precious to my Heavenly Father, they are also precious to me and must be treated with the utmost respect at all times. I am not perfect at living my faith and I slip and make mistakes but I am so grateful that the Saviour gave the ultimate sacrifice by dying for our sins so that we could seek forgiveness and repent to continually improve and grow each day of our mortal lives.