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Hi I'm Dan

Being Mormon is the foundation of my life.

About Me

I try to focus on things that matter most. Those, for me, are the inner things of the heart (character, love, family & friends, among others). I also really enjoy traveling and seeing new places (and visiting old friends), spending time in nature, swimming (especially in the ocean), movies, good food, and music is also a big part of my life. I am working on a degree in geography and I'm not sure what I will do with that yet but I am hopeful!

Why I am a Mormon

I am Mormon because it is the ultimate desire of my heart to come as close to God as I can (in this life and in the next). The Holy Spirit has witnessed to my heart (in a way that is difficult to specifically describe) that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is indeed the true Church of God. I believe God has the power to lead us into all truth, and that he wants us to receive all the blessings of joy in eternity. Through many personal experiences--some of which relate to personal challenges and struggles--I have sought for the Lord's presence in my life and I have found him. The Church is the "vehicle" by which I can more fully draw unto him through authoritatively performed ordinances (such as baptism and communion/sacrament), receiving inspired counsel from his authorized servants relating specifically to our day, and have the opportunity to serve others and receive help myself when needed.

How I live my faith

The most important way I live my faith is doing my best to remain spiritually close to God. I pray to him and study the scriptures regularly, as well as attend church on Sundays to worship him and associate with others who share the same faith. I also strive to live by Christian morals & values as taught by Jesus Christ (love, honesty, purity, etc). Another important element for me is to continually strive to repent of my sins. In 1 John 1:8 we read, "If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us." Part of living my faith is recognizing that I am very imperfect before the Lord and striving to be more like him and asking for his forgiveness when I make mistakes. I am a volunteer in one of the church's temples, and from time to time I also work on my own personal family history. Additionally, I have the opportunity to minister to those within the men's organization of my local congregation.

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Dan
As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons), we believe that baptism is an essential ordinance (spiritual ceremony) for salvation. Evidence for this can be found in several scriptures such as the following: "He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned." (Mark 16:16) "Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God." (John 3:5) Given the scriptural assertion that baptism is essential, it is natural to wonder about those who have previously lived and died without the opportunity to hear about Jesus Christ and his gospel and be given the chance to be baptized. Thus, we do research to find out the identity of our ancestors and perform the baptism by proxy for them in the temple. This then presents the deceased person with the option to accept this ordinance (if they choose), and obtain salvation. Baptism in behalf of the dead is referred to by Paul in 1 Corinthians 15:29: "Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? why are they then baptized for the dead?" Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

Dan
The prophet today is the President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His name is Thomas S. Monson. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Dan
The Book of Mormon was written anicently by several different prophets who lived on the American Continent (from approx. 600 B.C. to 420 A.D.). They wrote (or rather, engraved) their sacred writings upon metal plates that were handed down over several hundred years from one prophet-leader to the next. Mormon was the prophet who compiled these writings and bound them together. He then gave the volume to his son, Moroni, who, in about 420 A.D. added some words of his own and buried the plates in the ground under commandment from God. It was in 1827 A.D. that this same Moroni, then a resurrected being, instructed the young man Joseph Smith to the location of these plates. After obtaining the plates, Joseph was given the power by God to translate the writings engraven thereon into what is our present-day Book of Mormon. The writings that were engraven on the plates and are now had among us teach us about God and how he wants our eternal happiness. We are taught about Jesus Christ--that he is the literal Son of God and is the Savior of the world. We are taught about repentance and forgiveness, service to others, what things are most important for us to seek after, and about God's commandments. Show more Show less

Who was Joseph Smith?

Dan
Joseph Smith was an ordinary farm boy living in upstate New York in the early 1800s. As a young man, he had faith in God and sincerely wanted to know what church he should join in order to find salvation and the true and complete gospel. There were many churches in that area at that time which were gaining converts, but Joseph was puzzled as to why these several sects taught different doctrines. He wanted to know who was right. After a length of time, and reading in the Bible that one could "ask of God" to obtain wisdom, he went to be alone in the woods near his home to pray and ask God for further light about which church he should join. This was "on the morning of a beautiful, clear day early in the spring of 1820." In response to his prayer, God the Eternal Father and His Son, the Resurrected Lord Jesus Christ, appeared to Joseph in that wooded grove. They spoke with him and told him many things, one of which was that he should not join any church, since the fulness of the authority of God and His church were not on the earth. From this vision, as well as many others, Joseph was chosen by God to be an instrument in the restoration (bringing back) of the Church of Jesus Christ, as the Savior Himself established when he was on the earth. As members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we do not worship or pray to Joseph Smith. We revere and respect him as a special servant of God, and believe him to have held the same Apostolic authority as Peter, James, and John whom the Lord called during his earthly ministry. Speaking for myself, I certainly respect Joseph Smith and I am thankful for his faith and all else he did under God's direction; but, I only worship my Father in Heaven and His Son Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

Dan
We should have faith in God, our Heavenly Father and in His Son, Jesus Christ. God is perfect and is all-knowing. He knows the past, present, and future perfectly. He is a loving and merciful being and we can trust him with our deepest feelings and desires. We can also trust that because he is completely just, any wrongs we may have unfairly suffered here in mortality will be made up to us. Because Jesus Christ suffered and died in our behalf, we can have faith (trust) that we can be forgiven of our sins as we repent. We can have faith that he can make us clean before God. In consequence of his suffering for us, he knows and understands perfectly all of the pains (physical, emotional, spiritual) that we may go through. He has compassion for us and will strengthen us and give us inner peace as we sincerely turn to him. Show more Show less