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Hi I'm Daniel

I enjoy learning new things. I love making true friendships. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm from Southern California. I studied biophysics as an undergraduate and now am studying biomedical engineering in graduate school. I love the outdoors: hiking, climbing, etc. And I enjoy sports, especially soccer, basketball, and dodgeball. I especially enjoy old jazz, big band, and blues--and swing dancing (Lindy hop) to those good old songs. I love learning to do new things like making pizza, meals, and dessert; fixing things; and playing music. For me it is exciting to see my family grow, to make true friends that last, and to spend time with people. I love diversity in my life. I also love the gospel of Jesus Christ, learning of Him and helping out in his restored Church.

Why I am a Mormon

Even currently, my testimony grows of the love that Heavenly Father has for me, and His children. When I pray He answers, though most often not in word. The Church of Jesus Christ has taught me to trust always. That has helped me gain strength and get through the hard times of my life. When I read the scriptures, the Bible and the Book of Mormon and others, I feel peace and inspiration and guidance regarding the questions I ask God in prayer. Through prayer and church attendance I have experienced a cleansing of my sins and mistakes and have gained the confidence I need to strive to become my best amidst the opposition of life. When I rise from my knees I feel strength, and it is that strength from God and the experiences of love I've felt that keep me headed towards my goals.  

How I live my faith

I've received different responsibilities in my church, and I enjoy helping in whatever I'm asked to do. I was able to serve an ecclesiastical mission in Chile Antofagasta for 2 years, '06-'08.

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

We believe that life was given us so that we might learn to become like our Heavenly Father--experienced and full of love--and be able to enjoy the type of life He enjoys. That includes having a happy family that continues throughout the eternity. However, life isn't always easy nor peaceful. Challenges are given us along the entire journey of life. No one escapes them. I have learned, though, that my circumstances do not have to influence the desires of my heart; they do not dictate my satisfaction with God's plan nor my state before Him. My relationship with God is solely dependent upon the choices I make, my responses to life's circumstances and situations. That's a good thing. That means I choose whether I'm happy or not; I choose whether I want eternal life or not, after I pass on. Those who choose to follow Jesus will learn to become more like God our Heavenly Father and will eventually return to live with Him. His quality of life will be ours too as we learn to love others as God would have us. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

I know that Jesus Christ is God's son sent here to save all of us. I know that Jesus accomplished an infinite atonement, that His grace is sufficient for every child of God to redeem us and perfect us; He reaches to the depths of earth and prison extending His hand. I know He was resurrected and He lives today with an immortal yet tangible, glorified body. I'm certain He loves me and is doing everything (and only things) to save me. He is my Master and Exemplar. Happiness and an eternal family can be mine if and only if I follow Him and His perfect plan. This is my faith in Christ, as a Christian. Show more Show less