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Hi I'm Dan Booher

I'm a student, I'm an outdoor enthusiast, I'm a goofball and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

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.

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.

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Dan Booher
Yes. He may not part the Red Sea or perform other dramatic miracles, but he does receive direction from God concerning the will of the Lord for His people here on the Earth. Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Dan Booher
Mormon missionaries are supported entirely by some combination of their families, their home congregations, and their own savings. We do it because we want to, not because we're supposed to. It's worth every cent. Show more Show less

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

Dan Booher
Our tithing goes to keeping the Church functioning in many ways. Tithing funds are used to build temples and meeting houses. They are also used to fund youth programs and other budgets for the various organizations in each ward of the Church. It is not used to pay Church leadership in any way, since our clergy is composed of members called to serve in various positions. Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

Dan Booher
In God and in Jesus Christ. It's really that simple. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Dan Booher
Not any more. In the mid to late 1800's, Mormons were commanded by God through his prophet to practice polygamy, but they were later commanded in 1890 to cease the practice. If you'd like to know more about that, go to LDS.org, another website run by the Church. and look for Official Declaration 1 under Doctrine and Covenants which is under Scriptures, which is under Gospel Library. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Dan Booher
Why not? We're a Christian religion and the entire Bible is composed of the teachings of Christ and His Apostles. Granted, we believe that things have been lost or changed along the way in thousands of years of translations, but we believe that it is mostly translated correctly and as such, it is holy scripture. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Dan Booher
No, of course not. Being a good member of the church requires living the gospel of Christ and living the gospel of Christ requires helping others regardless of their situation or feelings towards you. That includes people of other religions and people who have no religion at all. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Dan Booher
The missionaries will teach you the gospel of Jesus Christ, generally in a three-lesson format, but not necessarily, and why it is important for you to accept and live that gospel. They will also try to help you with other things if they can, including questions you have, service that you may need and anything else they can and are allowed to do. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Dan Booher
No. Only those who want to will serve a mission. Many do, but none are required to. Show more Show less

Who was Joseph Smith?

Dan Booher
Joseph Smith was the first prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was born December 23, 1805 in a small town in New York. When he was 14 years old, he read a passage in the Bible, James 1:5, and took the message to heart. At the time, the area in which he lived was full of religious fervor. He decided to do as the passage directed and ask of God which church he should join. Instead of receiving the simple answer that he wanted, he was visited by God the Father and Jesus Christ and told that he should join none of them, for they were all wrong, and that he should instead restore the true gospel to the earth. He was later led by an angel to a place in a hill not far from his home where a set of gold plates containing an ancient record were hidden. He was given the power to translate them from the language in which they were written and this record is now known as the Book of Mormon. He brought about the restoration of Christ's church just as it had been when Christ himself was on the earth. On June 27, 1844, he and a few others including his brother, Hyrum Smith, were imprisoned in Carthage, Illinois when a mob broke into the jail and shot and killed both Joseph and Hyrum. John Taylor, one of the others imprisoned who survived the encounter, shortly thereafter wrote that, "Joseph Smith, the Prophet and Seer of the Lord, has done more, save Jesus only, for the salvation of men in this world, than any other man that ever lived in it." Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Dan Booher
Wards and branches are the basic congregations of the Church. Branches are smaller than wards and are formed when there are not enough members to form a ward. Stakes are larger units of the Church, composed of several branches, wards, or a combination of both. Branches are presided over by a branch president and wards by a bishop. Stakes are presided over by a stake president. Show more Show less

Who are the Mormons?

Dan Booher
The Mormons are quite simply the members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. They are a group of clean, hard-working followers of Jesus Christ. We are called Mormons because we believe that the Book of Mormon is a record written by prophets of a people brought out of Jerusalem to the American Continent around 600 BC, contains the pure and undiluted word of God, and is an essential companion to the Bible for anyone seeking to know the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Dan Booher
Yes. The name of our church is actually the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Our entire church is centered around the gospel of Jesus Christ and how we can return to live with our Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, and our families forever. To say we aren't Christian would be like saying grass isn't green. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Dan Booher
Two big reasons and then a ton of small reasons that differ for each missionary. The big ones are that we've been commanded by God through prophets to do so. i don't know about you, but I'm going to follow a commandment from God. The other is that we want to. The gospel of Christ has made an immense difference in the lives of every single person it has touched. We want to share this great thing with everyone that has not had the chance to hear it yet. As such, we share the gospel with friends and aquaintances alike and we send out missionaries to all parts of the world that will allow it so that everyone can hear the gospel of Christ. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Dan Booher
No. Joseph Smith was a young boy, aged 14 years old, when he saw God the Father and Jesus Christ in vision and started down the path that would bring about the restoration of the fulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He was martyred in 1844 at the hands of a mob because of what he did and what he believed. He was the first prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and we will be eternally grateful for him and what he did, but we do not worship him. We worship only God, our Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ. Show more Show less