Hi I'm Dan Booher
I served a two-year mission for the Church in the Germany Berlin Mission. I'm the youngest of seven children. I spent two years as a Microbiology major at BYU before deciding that I'd rather pursue a career in Computer Science ('cause those are similar, right?). I love to have fun and spend time with my friends and family.
Why I am a Mormon
I was born a member of the Church and thanks to the good example of my parents and friends, I'm still a member. I grew up riding on the testimonies of my parents, friends and other members of my ward because if they all believed it and they were all the great people that I knew them to be, it had to be true. It wasn't until I entered high school that I really ever questioned anything. I started trying to tell myself that the Church wasn't true so that I could get out of going to church for three hours on Sunday and going to youth activities on Wednesday nights. I figured it would be so convenient to follow in the footsteps of my older brothers who had left the Church and were doing whatever they wanted. I wanted the Church to be wrong, but I couldn't make myself believe it. Every time I tried to tell myself it wasn't true, a little voice in the back of my head would tell me, "You know that's not right". I knew that the Church WAS true and I couldn't deny it no matter how much I wanted to. God does exist, He does love me, and He will help me through whatever I face whenever I need him. I know that Jesus Christ died for my sins and for yours, too. I know that we can return to live with our Heavenly Father again and that He wants us to do exactly that. I know that the Book of Mormon is true and that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God. I know that Thomas S. Monson is God's prophet on the earth today and that he leads and guides the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints according to the will of God. I know that the Gospel of Jesus Christ can help you in whatever trial comes your way, big or small, if you will only believe that he can help and accept His aid. I know this better than I know anything else and that's why I'm a Mormon.
Please explain the part prayer plays in your life?
Prayer is vital in my life. Without the help and guidance I receive from our Heavenly Father, I would be lost, and the best way for me to get that help is by asking for it through prayer. Prayers and answers to them are the main reason that i know the Church is true. It's the only way that we can know that for sure. We can also ask for help. It doesn't even have to be huge, life-changing decisions that you pray about. Countless times I have found myself in a pinch and it may not even be a problem that is that vital, but our Heavenly Father loves us enough to want to help us through even the small difficulties, whether it be asking for help in finding the car keys when they're lost and you're running late, or helping you find a lost wallet full of cash and important credit and identification cards. I know that regardless of the problem and the magnitude, our Heavenly Father will help us if we ask him to.
Why do Mormons do family history or genealogy work?
One of the really important things to Mormons is making sure that our ancestors and yours if you want are connected to the families they belong to and also that they have as much of a chance as we do to accept the gospel of Christ. It's a different question to get into exactly what it's all about, but as soon as we know the names and some other information about our ancestors, we can do work in the temple to do ordinances by proxy for those who have died without the chance to do so for themselves. Families are the central unit of the LDS church, so it's only natural for us to want to know who our ancestors are and make sure we'll meet them in a better place when we die.
How has your knowledge of the Plan of Happiness changed/benefited your life?
I'm the youngest of seven children from two marriages, meaning that my parents are a little older than average. All four of my natural grandparents died before I turned 11 years old and I never knew two of them. Since then, I've had an uncle very dear to me, as well as several cousins pass away. My knowledge of God's plan for us helps me to know that not only is there something for me to look forward to beyond this life, but I will also be able to share that with my family, including the ones I never had the chance to know. I know that no matter who you are, God loves you and wants you to return to live with Him as well as your family.
Why do Mormons go on missions?
We want to share what we know with everyone. We know that everyone here on earth is a child of God and that He wants us all to return to live with Him, but we can only do that through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We have experienced the blessings of living the gospel and we want everyone else to experience those as well.
Can you talk about the missions of the Church and your participation in them?
The Church has missions in most countries around the world. There are somewhere around 53,000 missionaries serving around the world at any time. We have so many missionaries serving because we have been commanded by the Lord to spread his restored gospel to those who have not yet heard it. Not only do we want to follow the commandments given to us by the Lord, but we want to share the things that have made such an impact on our lives. I am currently a missionary for the Church in the Germany Berlin Mission which covers approximately the top third of Germany. Many members of my family have been missionaries as well in Spain, all over South America, and in the islands of the Pacific.
How I live my faith
Easy answer is that I go to church every Sunday, read my scriptures and pray to my Heavenly Father every day. The less obvious answer is that I try every day to be more like Christ. There are so many attributes that I can use a lot of improvement in that I know I'll be a work in progress until the day I die and beyond. Some aspects need more work than others. I've been in a number of youth leadership positions in the Church, served a two-year mission for the Church in Germany and I love everything that I can do to help other people. I love giving service for other people. There are very few things that I enjoy more than visibly brightening someone's day by doing something they needed done.