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Hi I'm Daniel

I had wanted to be a Buddhist. Then, I started going to church and was later baptized. Now, I am a Mormon. And I'm gay.

About Me

I am Mormon with same gender attraction (outside the church, usually referred to as "gay"). Many people think that's a contradiction. It's think that's part of the purposes of God for me and the role I play in the Plan of Salvation. (Which will be explained more on this website.) Because I know that we are all children of a loving Heavenly Father, I do not think or feel that the Church excludes me because of my same-gender attraction. Although, I cannot deny that culturally, it can be a challenge for me with other Latter-day Saints since there are not a lot of other Latter-day Saints with same gender attraction. In fact, I'm sure you don't see a lot of openly gay Latter-day Saints around and people always tell me that the Church hates gays (especially living in California). I hope that living my faith to the best of my ability would tell people that my Church does not hate anybody with same gender attraction. I love to go to Church and be involved. It has been a passion of my life for a very long time. I think other than the fact that it's probably the most awesome Church I know of so far (and I've been to plenty and learned about a lot more). On top of that, it's also the Lord's one true church on earth. However, I think all the other churches we have out there are mostly great, with wonderful teachings, and I'm sure all of them have really good intentions in bringing people to God and more!

Why I am a Mormon

I wasn't really searching when I was about 17. But my friend, who wasn't LDS, invited me to church with her one Sunday. It started there. Eventually, I got my answer. Now, I know, without a doubt, that God lives. He is our Father in Heaven. Jesus Christ is my Savior and he heads The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints today, lead by a living prophet on earth. We have a prophet of God back on earth once more to bring us into the Millennium - when Jesus Christ comes again. I want to tell everyone that. I hope anybody reading this will give my word some thought.

How I live my faith

Most people out there think that living my faith is to go to church very Sunday. While that is true, in my beliefs, it is also very important to keep the sabbath day holy and apart from the world. That's all I do to live my faith. Haha! Not really. I love to pay tithes. Just 10% of my income that I wouldn't have if I haven't been blessed with it, goes to the Lord's church. I don't make much so I wish I can give more than what my 10% is. Of course, there's a great benefit to that - it's tax deductible! LOL I love the gospel! I think the gospel of Jesus Christ encompasses so much more than just the Bible, the scriptures and the Church. It's about why I'm here on here and why I should love the people around me. It's about my family and my life. It's definitely about making this world a better place. "We love thy law, we will obey" - LDS Church Hymn book, #113, Our Savior's Love I love the laws of my Heavenly Father and I strive each day to best obey His laws.

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Daniel
To me, the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ back on the earth again is such an critical event beside the atonement of Jesus Christ. What would you do if you knew Jesus Christ has again organized His church on the earth and bringing back truths of the gospel with prophets and Apostles to lead His people? Tell the world? I'm telling the world. Show more Show less

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Daniel
It is part of His wise plan Which we call, The Plan of Salvation or The Plan of Happiness, among many other names., that we are here on earth and somewhat forgotten from whence we came. Getting to know our Father in Heaven or getting reacquainted with Him, we can start by praying to Him. That is just like talking to The Almighty God who knows everything about you and wants to bless you with everything that's good for you. You can even pray to ask Him to give you faith in Him. Ask Him for a testimony of the living reality of Jesus Christ. And don't forget to ask for strength to overcome any obstacles that might come your way. Get to know your Father in Heaven and what He has in store for you in His amazing Plan of Salvation. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Daniel
Somebody just asked me what is "The Plan of Salvation" when he saw my post on Facebook. I'm going to take this opportunity to answer his question as well as the question above. The purpose of life, simply put, is to get ourselves ready to return to our Heavenly Father and live with our families for eternity, where we can be just like our Heavenly Father. Of course, with this mortal body, we are able to better train ourselves to develop the virtues that would qualify us to live with the Almighty God. Would Heavenly Father let anyone into His house to live with him? The answer is: Would you let anyone into your house to live with you? The Plan of Salvation gives us a broader perspective to this question. It answers the question of where we came from, why we are here, and where we are going. please feel free to search The Plan of Salvation or Our Heavenly Father's Plan in this website. Heavenly Father's plan provides us a Savior even before the earth was created, so that we are able to come to this earth with the example given by our Savior and made possible by His atonement to successfully return to our Heavenly Father. Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Daniel
This is simply my opinion after an extensive study of the scriptures and other related materials. Throughout all time whenever the covenant-making people of God is on earth, God had always referred to them as saints (not Christians, not Mormons). Therefore, in the scriptures, when you see the word "saints" it actually refers to the people of God who make covenants with him. The nickname, Christians, comes about when Jesus Christ was on the earth and people who followed him (saints) were persecuted and were given a rather ... derogatory name - Christians - but later adopted appropriately as people who believe in Christ and carries his name in their hearts. The nickname, Mormon, comes about then The Book of Mormon was brought forth again with the organization of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (then, The Church of Christ) in 1830. It was gradually adopted by the saints as they were repeatedly referred to as such by their persecutors. Show more Show less

How do I become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church)?

Daniel
I love to answer this question because I am a convert myself, Although I have family members who were already members of the church before I joined. and I have been asked this question several times. To become a member of the church is really as easy as agreeing to live the commandments of God and be baptized and receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost. However, it is highly recommended to be taught by the duly ordained missionaries and develop faith in the Lord Jesus Christ through His teachings. I think, this way, is it much easier for one to obey His commandments and follow His prophets. That is definitely true for my case. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

Daniel
We have a spirit and a body. Right now on earth, our spirit and body is combined. When we die, our body and spirit separate - the body, as we all know, rots; and the spirit, which is eternal, continues on in what we call, the spirit world. There, in the spirit world, we continue our lives as just spirits until it is time for us to be resurrected, where our spirit reunites once again with our body - this time in its prime, perfected state. After resurrection comes the Final Judgement. Show more Show less