My name is Daciana WashburnFrom: Texas & just moved from Pennsylvania to Denver Occupation: Mom Favorite Food: potatoes, ice cream Hobbies: I like to run, read, play games, go outside, & eat Favorite Scriptures: Isaiah 61:3 Favorite Hymn: In Humility, Our Savior
I have 3 children, married Mark in the Bountiful, Utah, temple after we met at Texas Tech University. I served a mission to St. Louis, Missouri. I have a Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy and currently live in Denver.
It’s a toss-up between finally finishing school and going through natural childbirth. They were both painful.
What brings you the greatest happiness?
I feel the most happiness & peace when we take walks. Everyone can play & do his or her own thing. I just love being in nature together as a family.
What strengthens your faith in Jesus Christ?
One of the only times I have to think is while I’m running. So a lot of times while running, I think about where I’ve been and where I am now & recognize that everything good that has happened has happened because of Jesus Christ’s Atonement. For me, my faith is strengthened through the times I make the connection of remembering and knowing it’s because of Him.
How has one of your spiritual gifts and talents benefited your life?
We went to a birthday party the other day. When we were leaving, the mom said she was happy to have a friend now. We had just found out we would be moving. I felt bad because she was expecting we would be friends. I thought, “I need to have a party & invite a lot of people to help her have friend.” I’m always worried about that.
I am the one who makes sure that people have friends & are taken care of. Mark mentioned that is one of my spiritual gifts. I’m actually a private person, but that spiritual gift makes me reach out to other people because they need a friend, and I need to be their friend. I feel a responsibility for others. It gets me to go to things and be there for people. We have parties because I want people to come and have a friend and feel comfortable.
How do you know when you’ve received answers to prayers?
A lot of times I don’t take time to pay attention, so a lot of times I don’t realize my prayers are answered until after the fact. I don’t really get the whole overwhelmed feeling when I pray, but when I stop and think about my prayers, I see that they are answered.
I remember a time my prayers were answered while I was in college that was pretty dramatic for me. I felt frustrated one Sunday after moving to a new city. I had crazy roommates, didn’t know where the church was, and I didn’t know anyone in the city. I prayed for help to get to church. As I closed the prayer, I heard people coming up the stairs (I lived on the 3rd floor). My friend had been staying with me for a little bit and found out where the church was. I went to church right then.
Another time in college, I spilled water on my laptop. The laptop was old, but it was all I had, and I didn’t have the money to buy a new one. I took the battery out of the laptop to let it dry out, but I figured the laptop was destroyed. I was reading a book about prayer by Gene R Cook, because I wondered if I was really receiving answers. The book challenged me to think of something to pray for, so I decided to pray for my laptop. I prayed that it would work again. I put the battery back in and it booted up and was fine! I felt that because I exercised faith, I was able to see that answer to my prayers. I was sure my laptop was dead, so I felt that Heavenly Father answered my prayer so I could learn that He did answer prayers!
Daciana’s Conversion Story
I remember moments when I felt like, “Yeah! I know it’s true!” but it was really always a reminder that “I knew this already.” I feel that reassurance when I’m doing good things.
On my mission, every time I taught people about Joseph Smith, I would get that “This is true” feeling. When I teach my Young Women’s class, or a Relief Society lesson, or my kids, or when people would ask me questions at work, I would get this “This is true” thought. The time I feel its truthfulness the most is when I’m speaking truth and sharing my testimony. For me, it’s a continual conversion.
Once, when a friend’s faith faltered, I struggled a lot. I prayed to God asking “Is the Church true?” and didn’t feel a concrete answer. I wondered if it was really true and if the effort was worth it. But, then when I would actually do something—act on the faith I had–I realized that the effort was worth it and the Church was true. In those moments when I really wanted to do good and know the truth, I did.
What are ways you share the Gospel with your family and those around you?
With my kids, I try to take the opportunity to teach Gospel principles–even when just reading a story about being honest. I try to relate current events or other things the kids talk about to the Gospel as best I can. I try to use simple things methods to explain Gospel principles to them.
With other people, I share what we’re doing in church terms. I look for opportunities to do service for others. Also, something I’ve been trying to be better about, is sharing my faith on social media.
What is your hope/wish/prayer for all women?
Womanhood in general should be a uniting factor, but a lot of times it’s not enough when people get caught up in pettiness. My hope would be that we can all see the divine nature that we have, so we can see who we are and who each other is and how God sees us. That vision would rid us of inferiority complexes or superiority complexes, and we could be unified.
I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I have moved 64 times and have not tired of experiencing this beautiful earth! I love the people, languages, histories/anthropologies, & especially religious cultures of the world. My life long passion is the study & searching out of religious symbolism, specifically related to ancient & modern temples. My husband Anthony and I love our bulldog Stig, adventures, traveling, movies, motorcycling, and time with friends and family.