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Hi I'm Danielle

I'm a musician. I'm a mother. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have three passions in my life. My music, my family, and my faith. I first started playing the trombone in the 6th grade. I have since graduated from college with a bachelor's degree in trombone performance. As I raise my family I try to keep it up by practicing on my own and participating in free lance and community performance opportunities. I prefer to play with an orchestra but I also have a love for jazz that runs very deep. My real connection with music and with my instrument happens while working on solo literature. Once my children are all in school I plan to complete a master's degree and go on to a teaching and/or performing career. I love the physical and emotional feelings of playing my instrument. It has very much become a part of who I am. I am a mother. My husband and I have a delightful little boy and we are expecting a little girl soon as well. Being a mother is unlike anything anyone could have explained to me. It is the most challenging and yet the most rewarding thing I have ever done in my life. It is shaping me and refining me every day. I have other interests and hobbies. I love to learn new things and new skills. I grew up hunting and fishing and love being out of doors. I have a great appreciation for art although I am not an artist myself. I enjoy calligraphy, cross stitching, crocheting, and I am trying to be better at sewing. I enjoy and have a talent for teaching. Be it my own children, or music students, I love to teach and to share.

Why I am a Mormon

Many Mormons first became Mormons because they were raised to be Mormons. I am no exception to this. However, it has been a very personal decision and conviction of my own to continue being a Mormon. First and foremost, I am a Mormon because I am a Christian. I believe that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is my Savior and the Savior of all of us. Second, I believe that the Mormon Church was established through Joseph Smith under the direction of Jesus Christ and God the Father. Daily, I am a Mormon because I believe that God loves me and that he blesses, supports, and guides me as I strive to live as he would have me live. The teachings & standards that I adhere to as a Mormon help me to do this. I am a Mormon because I have felt a spiritual power and confirmation that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is in fact the restored Church of my Savior. I believe that it contains all of the truth that we need in this life to be able to understand how to return one day to our Father in Heaven.

How I live my faith

My faith permeates everything I do. It is a part of who I am and how I am. I adhere to certain standards and ways of living that are in compliance with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I dress modestly. I use clean language. I do not watch or listen to media that is offensive or crass. All of these small things and other such standards help me to have the spiritual influence that I need daily to help me to be happy and to be guided in my day to day life. Most especially, as a Mormon, I live my faith by attending worship meetings every Sunday. I also attend the Temple regularly on my own time with my husband. At Sunday meetings we have the Sacrament. It is similar to the Catholic's Communion. We eat a small piece of bread and drink a small drink of water. These are preceded by prayers that ask God to help us to remember the body and blood of Christ that he sacrificed for us. This is a renewal of our commitment to remember Jesus Christ and to act as he would act. For the remainder of our Sunday meetings we learn about the scriptures and the various doctrines and principles of the gospel. I enjoy the feeling of peace that is there at church. When I go with an open heart and an open mind to see how I can better live the gospel and please my Heavenly Father, I always return home feeling renewed and strengthened for the coming week.

What do Mormons believe about the Holy Ghost? Who is the Holy Ghost?

The Holy Ghost is the third member of the Godhead. The Godhead refers to God the Father, his Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost is a spiritual being. He has the power to witness to our minds, our hearts, and our spirits the truth of all things. He testifies of Christ and the truths of His restored gospel. Show more Show less