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Hi I'm Danny Alan

I am from the Bible Belt. I love video games. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a thirty something married father of one. I am married to a phenomenal woman who has a world of patience. My son is a wonder as well... so smart! I love to write, so much so that I work as a freelance ghostwriter. I am also a third year college student working toward a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. My hobbies include reading, anything involving hiking and camping, and playing MMORPGs.

Why I am a Mormon

While I was growing up I attended a huge number of different churches with my mom and brother. We visited more denominations that you could shake a stick at. We never could find a one that felt like home. I eventually joined the US Army and ran into another church. During basic training, a barracks mate asked if I wanted to come off post with him to visit a church he had heard about. Appreciating the opportunity to get out, I said yes. The church I visited turned out to be The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. From the time I entered the church for the first time until I was baptized and confirmed, it was like a quiet voice whispering in my ear that I should pay attention to all I was learning. That small voice, which I know recognize as having been that of the Holy Spirit, is alive and stronger than ever within me today. From the love and dedication of the missionaries to Jesus Christ to the open arms I have experienced no matter what ward I visit, all of these things simply help to reinforce the reason I chose to join the church. I realized then as well as now that it is the true church.

How I live my faith

I love attending services and learning more about Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. I am a home teacher, which means that I have certain families that I get to visit each month and share a spiritual message with. It also means that I am blessed with the opportunity to help those families out should something come up such as needing help for a move, or tasks around the house like yard work if they need it. I also volunteer my time with anyone else that may need a hand. I do not confine my altruism simply to the church. I am ready, willing, and able anytime I see an opportunity around my neighborhood, school, or beyond. I enjoy reading the scriptures and learning more and more that I may have missed each time before. This allows me to grow ever more grounded in my faith.

What is being a Mormon like?

Danny Alan
Being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is awesome. How else can one explain how they feel about being a part of a Church with a true Prophet called of God? Too, knowing that at any given time we can rely on innumerable members for support no matter what the need. This loving, giving spirit extends way beyond the Church. We are there for anyone in need. If it is in our power to help out or give, we do so. It is awesome! Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Danny Alan
This is an easy answer for any LDS church member. We certainly do not worship Joseph Smith. While we do hold him in proper regard as the one that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ chose for bringing the Church back to the world, we reserve our worship for Heavenly Father. Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Danny Alan
Mormon Church services are a bit different than those of many Christian denominations. Ours is split into three separate time periods. We have a Sacrament Service which could be compared to a standard Sunday service at many churches with one difference. Instead of a priest, preacher, or pastor getting up and giving a talk or sermon, members are called each week to talk on a particular subject. The other two time periods include a class time that could be compared to Sunday School for other churches and then a class time where we separate into different groups. The men and young men attend classes roughly based on their age group while women and young women do the same. During these classes we discuss any group business like upcoming opportunities to help others and other such things. Visitors are most definitely allowed and highly encouraged to come to Church meetings. While it may seem easy to tell someone what the meetings are like, it is much easier to see it in action. Can you attend church? In one word, Yes! Come on in. You will find yourself welcomed again and again and be able to see for yourself what the services all about. Show more Show less

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

Danny Alan
Interestingly enough, those who have done a thorough study of the Bible can easily attest to the fact that as Apostles were lost for whatever reason they were soon replaced. A simple look across a swath of different denominations will show you that other churches adopt such hierarchies as well. We believe that the layout of how the Church should be shepherded was restored when Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ visited Joseph Smith and restored the authority of the Church to him. This is why we have Apostles today. Today, our Apostles are responsible for overseeing much of the overall administration of the Church. They are also charged with carrying the Gospel all over the world. Show more Show less