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Hi I'm Dan

I'm a Pole Vaulter. I'm a Thrill Seeker. I believe Life is meant to be Enjoyed. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a Utahn born-n-raised and proud of it. I love every kind of sport, but I most particular to Track & Field. I grew up playing everything my city had to offer for rec leagues except track, but once I found the Pole Vault in high school, I've never looked back. I'm a big time thrill seeker. There isn't much that compares to feeling my stomach drop while doing something that I thought was impossible. Those two things both fit into my belief that life is meant to be enjoyed. Everything I do, from playing music, to playing sports, to serving others, to going to church on Sunday, to even the mundane chores of life, I do for happiness and enjoyment in life. Sometimes it's for me, sometimes it's for someone else, but it all boils down to making someone happy.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a mormon because I put the Book of Mormon to the test. I read it. I pondered it. I asked God if it was true. Just as the promise goes, He answered my prayer. With the Book of Mormon being true I know that Jesus Christ wasn't just selective of the people around Jerusalem, but that he has visited children of God all over the world. He lives today and has a prophet comparable to Moses through whom He speaks to us. With this knowlege given me from the Holy Spirit the question "why am I a Mormon?" suddenly becomes "How could I possibly think about being anything but a Mormon?".

How I live my faith

I live the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the best of my ability. I don't claim perfection - nor expect it from anyone else - but I do my very best to live a life that Christ would live if his earthly ministry was in the year 2013 instead of the meridian of time. I've made it a point to develop a good relationship with my Heavenly Father through prayer. I know he loves to hear from me. I make it a point to learn the nature of God, the Father, and Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost by studying accounts of Them in the Holy Scriptures. I also make it a point to go to church every Sunday at all costs. Being a commandment of God to keep the Sabath day holy, I can't honestly keep this commandment without going to church, it just doesn't work. My faith also leads me to serve others as much as I can. Those are the pillars of Christianity in my view: Prayer, Scripture study, Sabbath worship, and Service. I don't just live my faith; my faith makes me feel alive.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Ultimately, it's really, really simple... Ask. And by ask, I mean ask God for yourself if it is true. He's going to make you put in some time and effort to receive an answer by studying it out in your own mind. That includes things like reading the Book of Mormon and attending LDS church services. Once you have done that and really thought it out. God will absolutely answer your question. A phrase I like is "specific questions yield specific answers". You can ask any member of the church, and they'll gladly tell you it's true, but, take my word for it, ask God. You can trust His answer to be 100% accurate and without biasis of any kind. Show more Show less

What are Mormon Temples used for?

Mormon Temples are places where members of the church make covenants with God that bring them closer to Him. A familiar covenant preformed in the church is baptism. Baptism is a covenant we make with God to always remember Him and keep His commandments, and he in turn blesses us with the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost. In the Temple, similar, yet greater, covenants are made with Heavenly Father. That is what the Temple is used for, for those of us living. For those who aren't living, Mormon Temples are places where their work (baptism and so forth) is done for them through a vicarious ceremony. The part most often forgotten is that work done for someone who has died is not forced upon them in the spirit world. They are still agents unto themselves to accept baptism or reject it. We, as members of the church, just give them the opportunity to make that choice. It is consistent with the loving nature of God that every person who has lived on the earth, regardless of whether or not they knew of Christ, have the opportunity to learn of Him and follow Him. That is made possible though Mormon Temples. Show more Show less