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Hi I'm Dan

I'm a student, a veteran, a husband, a father, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Maryland, but moved around frequently as a child. At 17 I joined the Army for 4 years and did 2 tours in Iraq. Now, I'm going to college and working on a degree in Middle East Studies and Arabic. I've been married for just over a year and have a 5 month old son. For me, the hardest part about life is finding the right balance between good things. I love to play soccer and I love my job, but family always comes first. It can be difficult sometimes to be so busy as a student and as a husband and father, but there is nothing more rewarding than spending time with my family.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up as a member of the Church, but wasn't very spiritually active. As a kid I went through the motions pretty well, but was never truly converted. Once I joined the Army I didn't have any motivation to go to church except during basic training: It was a three hour vacation from the Drill Sergeants. When I came back from Iraq, especially after my second tour, I was a mess. My life had revolved around death and destruction for such a long time, and now I had to fit back into society as a somewhat "normal" person. I had seen so many of my friends die overseas along with so many other people, that I felt hollow inside. It was like there was a giant emptiness inside my soul, but I couldn't figure out what was missing. Eventually, I had a friend invite me to start going back to church. As I started truly listening to what was being taught, I began to feel the peace and comfort that I had been seeking. I started to read the Book of Mormon. I started being more open in my prayers. I felt myself wanting to go to church for myself, instead of for a social experience. I remember one day sitting in my car at a park, trying to figure all of these things out. Is it really true? If it is, what does that mean for me? How can I overcome the emptiness that I've felt for so long? I picked up the Book of Mormon and started to read. I can't remember what passage it was, or even how long I was reading, but the Spirit of God came and touched my heart in a powerful way. My Heavenly Father reached out to me and taught me that what I was reading was His word. That experience changed my life. I learned about the sacrifice of Jesus Christ and how we can use it in our lives to overcome anything that we experience. One night I knelt down in my room and starting praying with all of my heart to overcome the emptiness that I felt inside. As I did, I felt an overwhelming feeling of love, joy, and peace come into my heart and soul that completely filled me. All of the feelings of loneliness, grief, and emptiness were gone. Jesus Christ had healed my soul. That experience changed my life. I went to my Bishop and began preparing to serve a full-time mission for the Church. After I returned home from my mission, I was married for time and eternity in the temple of God. Now I have a wonderful family that I know I will always be able to be with. I know that Jesus Christ is our Savior and Redeemer. This is His church. He has all of the answers ready for us as we come and seek Him. The Book of Mormon is the word of God. We can find answers to any questions within its pages. I know that we can overcome anything that we face through the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I currently serve as a counselor to the Bishop. I work with the him to best help the different members of our ward in whatever circumstances they are in. We work together to know how different people can serve most effectively in the ward to help those around them. Our main responsibility is to teach and testify of the restored gospel, and help to strengthen others' testimonies. I'm also a hometeacher, which is one of the best things to do in the church. I love being able to go and visit different families to strengthen them in the gospel and be strengthened in return.

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Proper authority to perform a baptism is important because it enables us to receive all of the promised blessings such as a remission of sins, the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost, and being born again. After the death of Christ and His Apostles, this authority was eventually lost from the earth. It was restored through Joseph Smith. Many churches practice the principle of baptism, but only by being baptized by the proper authority can we receive all of the available blessings. Show more Show less

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

There are no restrictions based on race or color to join the church or receive the priesthood. In order to be baptized, you need to believe that God is our Eternal Father, Christ is God's son and our Savior, that the church and gospel of Jesus Christ were restored through Joseph Smith, and that we have a current prophet on the earth today. You also need to feel that you have repented of your past transgressions, and be willing to live the gospel standards. Show more Show less