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Hi I'm Dan

I'm an Engineer who works on submarines. I adore my family and know that I can spend eternity with them. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I’m just a simple guy who loves to spend time with my family. I like to make people laugh and try to help other people as much as I can and make the world a better place. I find that there’s a lot to be happy about in life, because of the Savior. My faith in Him has given me peace and joy.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As many young men in the church do, I was planning on being a missionary after High School. As that time approached, I realized that I had really better be sure if I was going to dedicate myself like that for two years. It had always felt right, but I didn’t have the sure knowledge that I felt like I should have. So I did exactly what the missionaries invite people to do: I began to read the Book of Mormon with a real purpose, and prayed sincerely to God to let me know for myself. The promise in the Book of Mormon is amazing – if your really want to know, and if you are sincere and actually read it, and think about it, and pray about it, you will feel the Holy Ghost confirm that it is true. With all the confusion in the world, God will let us know the truth! So I was really giving it a lot of effort. And I found myself feeling very happy and warm as I read and prayed. Then, at one point while I was reading, I felt overcome with a powerful feeling in my heart, that even brought me to tears (amazing for me)! The feelings the Holy Spirit conveys – peace, joy, and love – filled me, and I knew for myself. I’ll never forget that experience, and I thank God for it.

How I live my faith

For me, it all boils down to this: I do my best to always remember the Savior. In return, I believe that I’ll be blessed with the Holy Spirit more and more. Remembering the Savior means studying His teachings, humbling myself before Him, praying in His name, and trying to keep His commandments. As I improve in those things, He blesses me with greater faith, peace, understanding, and joy.

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

At first, the idea may seem strange, I know. But think about it. It’s the only way to reconcile two very important ideas. First, the Lord gave the commandment that we must be baptized to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Is baptism necessary? I believe so, absolutely. But what about all the millions who were never baptized? Some condemn them without question: no baptism, no salvation. I cannot accept that in my heart, can you? Surely God is merciful to them. But does that mercy eliminate the importance of baptism? By performing baptism in their behalf, mercy is extended while the importance of baptism is upheld. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

I was a missionary in Colorado, and sometimes people would ask me why I didn’t go somewhere like Africa, where many are not Christians. Of course we send missionaries there too, but we believe we have a message for everyone! We really do believe that God has called prophets in our day, and that the Lord has personally restored his church. We want everybody everywhere to have a chance to hear this message for themselves, and ask God if it is true. Show more Show less