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Hi I'm Dan

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a Paramedic from Virginia, transplanted to Austin, Texas. I grew up in a large family: I have 8 sisters and 2 brothers, of which I am the third oldest. I work in the medical field as a Paramedic and love interacting with different people throughout the day in my work. I went to school for my Paramedic License in Virginia and am finishing up a degree in Public Health from BYU which I attended for some years and am currently finishing through online courses from here in Texas. I am pretty mainstream when it comes to my likes and tastes, but also proclaim myself to be a pretty big nerd when it comes to technology and sci-fi. My favorite thing to do is hang out with my family, especially my nieces and nephews. I served a mission for the Church in El Salvador, so I speak Spanish (which comes in helpful for my job) and I also learned I love to cook. I try a few times a month to make a really awesome meal, and it tends to work out, though there have been some very... interesting results on occasion.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was 8 years old, my parents, who are also Mormons, asked me if I wanted to be baptized. I had grown up in the LDS Church and was taught the importance of following the example of Jesus Christ. Know that he was baptized, I said that I wanted to do so as well. In a meeting with my congregation's leader (called a Bishop), we discussed what covenants I would be making with God. I had a chance to ask some questions, and the leader had some questions for me too, to see if I really wanted to become a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Even many years later, I still recall some of the things we talked about, about the importance of repentance throughout my life, and the importance of learning the truths in the gospel. The day I was baptized, I stepped into the water with my father, and was baptized for the remission of sins, and was confirmed a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I was a young boy, only 8 years old, but I felt inside that I had made the right decision. Throughout the years, I have had many chances to look back on the decision I made to be baptized and become a member of the LDS Church. I haven't regretted it, but I still asked myself if it was the right thing. Time and again, I have followed the advice of the scriptures, praying about the decision, pondering my actions, and searching for answers in the scriptures. Time and again, the answer has been confirmed for me, that this is the truth. I know, from these and other experiences, that the gospel was restored in these last days by a prophet called of God. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet called to do just that, to bring forth gospel principles that the Lord had prepared to be restored after many years of religious confusion. I know that through this restoration of the gospel, we can learn more about ourselves and God's plan, and I am thankful for that knowledge.

How I live my faith

I have a calling, or responsibility in my ward (congregation), as an employment specialist. My assignment is to act as a resource for the members of the ward that are unemployed or underemployed. I get them connected with the many resources the Church provides and supplement that help with any connections I may have in the local community. I review resumés and help them edit them into workable documents to put their best foot forward. I help with workshops that the local LDS Employment Services office puts on; including networking, resumé writing and job skill development. I attend Church services weekly, except when my schedule rotates to weekends, but people need Paramedics even on Sunday, right? Here in Austin we are also blessed to have the San Antonio Temple only an hour away. Temples are different than the meetinghouses where we have services and activities weekly. They are places where we make special covenants or promises to Heavenly Father and perform saving ordinances for ourselves and for our ancestors, the same way temples of old were used. I am also assigned as a Home Teacher, meaning that I have a small group of Church members that I visit and offer support and encouragement. I share a brief message when I visit and try to keep in touch with any needs they have or hardships they are going through. I am also assigned a Home Teacher that looks over me! It has been a great blessing to have other members of the congregation I can call on and I know they will be willing to help. I am also assigned as a home teacher, and continue to have great experiences getting to know and serve my fellow members.

What is the purpose of the welfare services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

The purpose of welfare services of the Mormon Church is to help get people back on their feet. Everyone is expected to provide for themselves and their families. Sometimes people fall on hard times, and it is appropriate and right that people should help each other. The Church welfare services are well administered to help people by giving them a hand-up, not a hand-out. Funds for the program are donated by members of the Church through their local congregations. Members are encouraged to fast once a month and donate what money they saved from fasting to help others in need. Show more Show less

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

Self-reliance is so important to us because if we want to help others, we need to have taken care of our own needs first. Avoiding unnecessary debt, preparing for a disaster, saving some extra money and food for a "rainy day" is not just common sense, but a recommendation by church leaders and experts alike. Mormons include emergency preparedness because emergencies happen, and if we are prepared, we will have a lot less to worry about. If we are prepared to handle an emergency, then we can recover and return to normal life sooner. Show more Show less