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Zandra Vranes

Zandra Vranes is an award-winning writer and filmmaker. Most recently she was a producer on the film, His Name is Green Flake, winner of the Los Angeles Film Award and the London Independent Film Awards. Zandra is the co-author of the book, Can I Get an Amen: Celebrating the Lord in Everyday Life and co-founder of Sistas in Zion, a multimedia platform that creates content that inspires faith, hope, charity, and hilarity. True to her sign, Zandra is a Pisces that loves the water, so when she's not creating content you can find her paddleboarding with her boo and their adventurous chihuahua.

July 15, 2020 07:00 PM MDT
This story originally ran in the July/August 2020 issue of LDS Living.
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December 03, 2016 05:00 AM MST
I do not come from money. I come from whatever the opposite of money is. My siblings and I joke with our parents that we are in a first world country living a third world life. Coming from humble means has made me a lot of who I am today, and it makes me grateful for even the smallest of things. But when I was younger, I didn’t have such an appreciation for my family’s meagerness. We were blessed because a lot of people served us and showed kindness, but there are experiences I have had that make it hard for me to accept service. I had a love-hate relationship with the Christmas season when I was younger. I loved focusing on the birth of the Savior, seeing the lights and all the festivity, but Christmastime was always a reminder of how poor I was and of what would not be under my family’s tree.
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August 31, 2016 09:00 AM MDT
Dear Diary,
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By  Tamu Smith
April 27, 2016 09:00 AM MDT
“Excuse me. Can you spare any change?”
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By  Tamu Smith
March 24, 2016 09:00 AM MDT
Usually we don’t write in our diaries one day and then read what we wrote the next. Some time usually elapses between when we record and when we look back. But we should evaluate our lives regularly and be performing spiritual background checks on ourselves.
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