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Hi I'm Dan

I am a Dane and live with my wife and kids in Arizona, USA. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a husband and father of three. Professionally I work as a programmer in a software company and in my spare time I volunteer often in various functions such as leading a group of cub scouts, assisting others in their employment needs or as executive secretary to our local bishop. I love sports with European soccer as my favorite and NBA basket ball as a close second.

Why I am a Mormon

First of all I truly believe that I have chosen exactly the path that our Savior and Redeemer wants all of us to follow by becoming a member of his church. It is the only church that can provide us with not just bits and pieces of His gospel but in fact the entire package, the whole truth with all the teachings and ordinances necessary to return to His presence in Heaven. Anyone can know the truth of any principle for themself similar to how I have come to this conclusion through a very simple process. 1. Study the principle 2. Think about it. (Does it make sense etc.) 3. Pray about it. Ask your Father in Heaven for his insights. 4. Listen to the answer from the Holy Ghost who WILL tell you the truth of ALL THINGS. The church and the Gospel was introduced to me primarily by my parents who had joined the church independently from each other years before they met. As it is for all kids, there comes a time in your life where you want to decide if the path of your parents is right or not for you. So it was for me and, though I never had much of a rebellious side, it was important for me to know for myself what I was committing to. I so appreciate that the above listed few steps have never failed me ever since I learned about them and put them into practice. Life doesn't become a walk in the breeze because of that, however it does provide a great sense of comfort, assurance and direction. I know that I have the tools at my hand to be the best that I can be.

How I live my faith

I love the many different opportunities that I get to use and develop my talents in various church responsibilities. Recently I have worked with a group of 9 year old boys as their bear cub scout leader. It has been such a great setting and program that allowed me to share some of my life experiences with young boys who with good direction will become great leaders and contributors to society. I have also enjoyed assisting new and old friends emprove their employment situation. My upbringing within this church has taught me to serve wherever and whenever I can. I learn so much when I'm helping others. In my opinion it is one of the most gratifying ways of life.

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

Dan
The short answer is "because God commanded it". The extended answer would have to deal with details about why God would make such a commandment. Some of the thoughts worth mentioning is that God has approved of such a practice at various times in history. The Bible shares several stories of great patriarchs revered and loved by all of Christianity and Muslims who had more than one wife. One cannot condemn the practice of plural marriage without also questioning prophets such as Abraham, Isaac and Jacob or King David and King Solomon. Another important thought is that polygamy is more frequently approved in the scriptures at times when God is wanting to raise up a righteous people. That was certainly the case with Abraham who at large is considered the beginning of the people of Israel and Gods chosen people. At the time when the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was commanded by God to accept plural marriage it was certainly also a time for God to raise up another righteous people and foundation for his church to be established for the benefit of the World. When the practice of polygamy was discontinued it was after much persecution and disapproval from national authorities that lead to the revelation that stopped it. In that situation plural marriage was not benefiting the growth and establishment of the church. Show more Show less

How is the Book of Mormon different from the Bible? How did Joseph Smith obtain the “golden plates” or Book of Mormon?

Dan
I'd like to first mention how the Book of Mormon and the Bible have the most important principle in common. They both testify of the divinity of Jesus Christ. They are both witnesses of Him and people who did their best to follow his plan for us all here on Earth. The Book of Mormon is primarily written by a group of people who lived on the American continent where the people in the Bible are mostly from the areas and lands around what is known as Israel today. The Bible has been known to most of the Western world for much longer than the Book of Mormon which wasn't unearthed until less than 200 years ago. The Book of Mormon has had only one original translator (Joseph Smith), a translation that is still known and available to the world today whereas the Bible is a collection of many different scrolls and scripts where the originals may no longer exist and are certainly not available for the general public. The two books should be considered a companion set of scripture that compliments each other with great insights on how we can live our lives according to Gods plan as recorded by ancient prophets. Joseph Smith received the golden plates from which the Book of Mormon was translated, the same way all holy scripture has always been received... through divine inspiration and revelation. He was directed to its location as a very young man and instructed on how to protect it, translate it and bring it forth to the world. Show more Show less