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Hi I'm D. Sands

I'm a Texas Mormon.

About Me

I'm a down-to-earth guy despite being a computer programmer. I'm the son of two converts. I was born and raised in Texas. I served a mission in CherryHill, New Jersey. I love my Father in Heaven. I love His Son, Jesus Christ. I love the Church they've given us.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents are 1st generation converts so I was raised in the Church. I get asked about that a lot. Even so, after I moved out of the house and on with my life, I was faced with the choice: stick with it or look elsewhere? I chose to stay. And yeah, I've looked around. And there are good things out there that other faiths have to share - I'm not going to say anything bad about them. Even so, with all its quirks (and casseroles), this is a church that not only makes sense, it just feels like home. It's not always easy; believe me. The Church teaches that I am a child of a loving Heavenly Father who I don't remember. The Church teaches me to put my faith and trust in a Man who died 2000 years ago whom I've never met. The Church teaches me that this Man I've never met willingly gave his life for me and everyone else if we'd just believe and try to be like him. The Church teaches me that He still lives and leads this Church today through living prophets and apostles - this in spite of the fact that we live in an age of seeing is believing. But this Church feels right to me. I know its true in a way I can't explain. So I still believe.

How I live my faith

I try to live my life the way my Savior would want me to. And that means getting out of my comfort zone. At times, I've felt prompted to pull over on the side of the road and give a ride to a stranger - I always pray for protection first. Other times, I've bent over backwards to help a friend who struggling - even when others I know and trust encourage me to leave them to their fate. It's not easy being LDS. It sure isn't "comfortable." But it's the right thing to do, and I've been blessed for it.

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

D. Sands
Stay close to Him. Read about His life and ministry. Pray - and pray sincerely. A relationship is impossible to maintain without communication. Lastly, be the person He wants you to be. Open doors for people. Greet those you meet in the street. Look for ways to help. Do what He'd do if He was standing in your place. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

D. Sands
A Muslim fellow asked me that once. I said yes, though many don't think so. He asked "Do you believe Jesus is the Son of God?" Yes, we do. "Do you believe that He died for your sins?" Yes, we do. "Sounds Christian to me," he said. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

D. Sands
Well, that depends. Do you have any use for casseroles and green Jello? In serious, no. We help and care for others regardless of their faiths. We send humanitarian aid to those in need - at home or abroad. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

D. Sands
The Church, as an organization, has a policy of being politically neutral. Members can vote for whomever they please. That said, the Church does encourage its membership to take a stand on moral issues. Show more Show less