Hi I'm Daniel England
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".
Can you talk about the missions of the Church and your participation in them?
Being a missionary was awsome! It was definitely an amazing two years. I met thousands of new people, learned new skills, and most importantly I saw the gospel of Jesus Christ touch the lives of others. I served my mission in Salt Lake City, Utah. It's an interesting place to be because everyone thinks that everybody in Utah is a Mormon. That is definitely not true! Only half of the people within the Salt Lake valley are LDS. There is actually quite a diversity of people there, which was really nice. As a missionary I was able to teach people from roughly 13 different countries around the world. I gained a love for all of these people, and also a love of their different cultures. One of the families I worked with was from Nepal. This family had spent over fifteen years in a refugee camp waiting to come to America. In early 2009 they finally got out of the camp. They flew to the USA and ended up living in Salt Lake City. Other missionaries and I shared with them the gospel over a period of six months. The local church members provided this family with clothing, english classes, car rides, help with their financial situation, and became friends with them. I saw pure religion in action. The family members prayed about the message we shared with them and they recieved a witness from God that it was true. All of them were baptized, and they now follow the Lord with all their hearts. I love them. They were recently sealed as a family for all eternity as they entered into the holy temple together. That is what missionary work is all about - families being together forever.
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.