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Hi I'm Daniel England

I'm a university student, a Canadian, and I'm Mormon.

About Me

I was born in British Columbia Canada, and I lived there for the majority of my life. I received a BA in philosophy, political science and economics from the University of British Columbia and am currently studying early Christianity at the University of Alberta. My main hobby is learning. I love learning new things - both secular and spiritual. I enjoy weight training and cycling as well as the occasional video game. I have two older brothers and three adorable little nieces.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents are Mormons and that's initially why I was Mormon. However, I am now a Mormon because God has let me know that the message of "Mormonism" is true. I developed a strong conviction of and belief in Jesus Christ and His gospel as I read and pondered the words of the Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon changed my life. It helped me overcome habits of sin. It opened my eyes to all of life's possibilities. As as I pondered and prayed about the Book of Mormon, the Lord answered my prayers and let me know that the book is true. When I received that heavenly witness I also came to know that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God and that Christ's church is once again on the earth. Now that I live the teaching of Jesus Christ I have more joy in my life than ever before. Being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is very fulfilling. It gives me so much purpose and direction to my life. I love being a "Mormon".

How I live my faith

I strive to follow the teachings and example of Jesus Christ in my daily life. If I see someone in need I try to help them out the best that I can. It may be that an older person needs a visit, or that a homeless person needs some money, or even as simple as having a smile on my face. I do my absolute best to keep the commandments God has given us, and I try to share the message of the gospel with others. I visit people each week who have fallen away from the gospel of Jesus Christ and I share scriptures with them and encourage them to come closer to Jesus Christ and His church.

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Daniel England
Mormons proselyte for a few different reasons. I'll list a few here: 1) Jesus Christ has commanded us to preach the gospel. In Matthew 28:19, the Saviour said, "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost." We do our best to follow the Master's directions. 2) Without the restored gospel of Jesus Christ one cannot progress eternally. The gospel of Jesus Christ is essesntial for our eternal welfare. Speaking of God the Father, Jesus Christ said, "and no unclean thing can enter into his kingdom; therefore nothing entereth into his rest save it be those who have washed their garments in my blood, because of their faith, and the repentance of all their sins, and their faithfulness unto the end. Now this is the commandment: Repent all ye ends of the earth, and come unto me and be baptized in my name, that ye may be sanctified by the reception of the Holy Ghost, that ye may stand spotless before me at the last day." (3 Nephi 27:19-20, Book of Mormon) 3) We love all of God's children and we want them to have the same happiness that we have. 4) It brings us joy when we share what we believe and know to be true. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Daniel England
Those who call the Mormon Church a cult call it such a name because they are either misinformed about the church or malicious in their intent towards the church. Some people claim that the Mormon Church is a dark, secretive society. Others say that we worship Joseph Smith. Only worthy members of the LDS (Mormon) Church may enter the temple, which causes some to be uneasy about what goes on in the temples. There are so many falsehoods out there about the church that it is very easy to be mislead about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The church is not a secretive, manipulative church, who's members have been brainwashed and who follow their prophet blindly. I wouldn't belong to such an organization. I believe in Jesus Christ, and that is who I follow. I have chosen this path on my own. The Church of Jesus Christ of Later-day Saints is the Lord's own church. Yes, there are differences in the "Mormon" Church when it is compared to other churches. The reason for these differences is that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has pure, restored Christianity - the things that were lost during the almost two millennia after the death of our Saviour. Show more Show less

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

Daniel England
The church practiced polygamy openly from the 1850's until 1890. Many wonder why this was so. The reason why is simply because God commanded the church to do so. Why did God command the early Mormons to practice polygamy? I can see a few reasons: 1) It was a test of obedience to the members of the church. Many members of the church were very troubled when this practice was suggested to them by the Prophet Joseph Smith. Even Joseph Smith himself struggled with the idea of entering into the practice of plural marriage. The members of the church prayed about the practice and received a witness from the Holy Ghost that God had commanded them to practice polygamy. Thus, they were obedient to the Lord. 2) In a time when the church was just beginning and its numbers were quite small it was a good practice to increase the birthrate of children. Many of those children born to polygamist families went on missions to preach the gospel and in turn brought thousands of people to a knowledge of the restored gospel. In 1890, then president of the church, Wilford Woodruff announced to the church that the Lord had seen fit that the saints should no longer practice plural marriage. There are no members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who practice polygamy. Those people who do are not "Mormons" or members of the Lord's church. Show more Show less

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Daniel England
In the Church we follow the Saviour's teachings on sexual purity. Before marriage no one, male or female, straight or homosexual, is to engage in any sexual relations. Within marriage we are to be completely faithful to our spouse in both thought and action. Marriage is the union of a man and a woman. Marriage was institued by God in the beginning when Adam was married to Eve in the Garden of Eden. The family is central to the Creator's plan for the eternal happiness of all of His children. One of the main purposes of the gospel is to unite families so that they may be together even after death. For this to be, a husband and a wife must be sealed (an eternal marriage) together. In the Lord's eyes and in the eyes of His church, marriage is only between a man and a woman. Government legislation does not, and never will, supercede moral laws that have been set by God. We are to love all people regardless of their sexual orientation. Nothing I have ever learned in the church has taught me to persecute, judge, or harm those who have same-sex attraction. I strive to love them as my brothers and sisters. Homosexual intimacy is sinful, just as heterosexual intimacy before marriage or outside the bonds of marriage is sinful. The Lord's church is opposed to sexual sin, not the people who commit the sin. Show more Show less