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Hi I'm Daniel

Born and Raised a Mormon.... and here's why I still am!

About Me

I am 29 yrs old, married with a 2 boy old baby and Weimaraner (dog). I work as an engineer for an oil and gas company. I love doing pretty much anything and everything as long as I'm doing it with friends or family. Some of my more specific hobbies are playing sports / exercising, traveling, and home improvement projects. I've become especially fond of basic wood working in which I put something together, and my wife makes it beautiful! Some unique things about me are that I was played rugby at BYU on a USA Rugby National Championship team and I have lived in 6 different countries and visited appx 30 other ones. I have titanium components in 2 parts of my body (jaw and hand) due to my participation in rugby. I have been bungee jumping, sky diving, and I scuba dive frequently on my vacations. I love all sorts of outdoor activities including hiking, camping, backpacking, swimming, cliff jumping, water skiing, snow skiing,. In my travels I have come to love the beauty of architecture ranging from the mosques of the middle east, and the canals of Amsterdam, to the Buddhist and Hindu temples of southeast Asia. There is so much to see, do, and enjoy at home and around the world and I can't get enough of it! As a husband and father, I have also come to find deep satisfaction in providing for their needs and seeing my child grow and develop. None of the previous thrills, honors, and experiences that I have mentioned can even compare to the joy that I find within my own family!

Why I am a Mormon

Some people might believe that I am a Mormon because both of my parents are. Granted- that is probably the reason that my name is on church records... but the reason that my name is still on church records and I am an active and faithful Mormon is not because of my parents. I personally have grown to love this church and all that is stands for and does. I have had personal witnesses and evidences that this is Christ's church restored to the earth in it's fullness of truth, doctrine, and priesthood. I have seen the blessings physically, mentally, and spiritually, that come from accepting and following our Saviors counsel and commandments. As an Engineer, I am a very logical minded person. Things have to make sense to me in order to sink in and resonate with me. The teachings of the Mormon church do that for me. They make sense, I understand them, and it fits together. I can see the confusion and splintering of religious beliefs in the world, so I understand the need for a Restoration of truth and the fullness of the Gospel through modern prophets and revelation. It makes sense to me that our Heavenly Father would have visited and taught other ancient civilizations that would have recorded those experiences so the coming forth of the Book of Mormon as Another Testament of Jesus Christ resonates with me as well. And most importantly, as I have studied that book, and the teachings of these modern prophets, the principles and counsel they have given also "makes sense" to me because it invites me to do good, to believe in Christ, and to come unto Him. I have been blessed for those things and I cannot deny that. And so that.... is why I am still a Mormon.

How I live my faith

As a Mormon, we strongly believe that faith and religion is not just a Sunday ordeal. To truly accept Christ as our Savior requires daily effort in developing our gospel knowledge and personal character. Each day I try to study the Word of God and pray to my Heavenly Father to grow closer to Him. Throughout the day I strive to implement what I have learned and try to imitate Christ's example of love, obedience, service, etc. At church- I have been given a particular assignment ("calling") so I can volunteer my time and talents to help our congregation. Through the church, community, or other means I am able to serve others and live my faith. By so doing, I grow my own faith and hopefully help spread the light of Christ in at least a small way to others. While these efforts to serve God and my fellow men are important displays of living my faith, the most critical part of my faith is believing and recognizing the Jesus Christ is the Savior and Redeemer of all mankind and my personal Savior. I try to repent of my sins and mistakes so I can partake of his Atonement and be made whole according to his promise of forgiveness and healing. Confessing that He is our Savior and The Way, The Truth, and The Life is a fundamental part of living our faith.

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Mormon's believe that baptism is an essential ordinance to return to Heaven to live with God. As Christ taught "except a man be born of the water (baptism) and of the spirit (confirmation), he cannot enter into the kingdom of God" (John 3:5). Baptism is a way of promising obedience to our Father in Heaven and Savior. In return, they promise to cleanse us of our sins and give us the Holy Ghost to direct and help us in life. It is also the way to officially join the The Church of Jesus Christ. Those who have accepted Christ and have faith in his restored church, and are ready and willing to make this covenant (two way promise with God) are ready to be baptized. Regarding the manner of baptism, we believe that it is done by full immersion (completely under the water) and is only required for those who are accountable for their actions. For infants or young children, and some other cases, baptism isn't necessary. Another important believe about baptism is that it must be done by proper authority. We believe that the authority- called the Priesthood- was restored to the earth to the modern day prophet Joseph Smith and is given to worth men in The Mormon Church (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints). Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

You can know that "Mormonism" by using the exact same way that you can know any spiritual truth from God. The general process it to study, ponder, and pray. As we learn about Jesus Christ, Joseph Smith, the Book of Mormon, or any other principle of the gospel, we can know that it is true through the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost is a Spirit we can feel his influence in many different ways. Simply, the Holy Ghost will give us thoughts and feelings of comfort, peace, joy, happiness (Gal 5:22) and helps direct us to things that are good. That process of studying and asking God is applicable for any question we may have. Heavenly Father loves us and wants to guide us so he will answer our prayers and direct us to truth through the Holy Ghost. Show more Show less

What is the First Vision?

The First Vision is how we refer to Joseph's Smith's vision as a young man in 1820. At the time, Joseph Smith had attended a variety of different church denominations and sects and only become confused by the differences in doctrines and practices. During his scripture studies he came across James 1:5 which reads "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him." Taking this counsel to heart and applying it literally, Joseph Smith decided to ask God which church he should join so he went off on his own to pray. In response to his prayer, Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph Smith and spoke with him. He describes this experience in Introduction of the Book of Mormon. In the visit, Heavenly Father explained to Joseph Smith that while many of the churches teach about Christ and the gospel, they don't have the fullness of the truth any more. Joseph was told not to join any church until the actual Church of Jesus Christ had been re-established on the earth. Over then next 10 years, Joseph Smith was chosen as a modern prophet to restore that church back to the earth. That "First" Vision" the Joseph Smith has become a key moment in the history of the church and the world. From that moment, the work of God in re-establishing His church and spreading the full and complete Gospel of Jesus Christ throughout the earth began. Show more Show less

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

Yes I do! We believe that in 1830, the Lord chose Joseph Smith as a modern prophet on the earth again- just like He called and spoke with Moses in Mt. Sinai (Exodus 19). After Joseph Smith died, the next president of the church carried the authority and calling of Prophet up until today. President Thomas Monson is the current prophet. Just as Moses spoke with God to lead and guide the people (10 commandments for example), President Monson receives revelation from God to lead and direct us today- A truly modern-day Moses! Show more Show less

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

We believe that baptism is a requirement to enter the kingdom of heaven. Christ himself was baptized to fulfill all righteousness and provide an example for each of us. He also taught that "except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God" (John 3:5) which we believe refers to baptism and confirmation. Baptism also has other roles. It is a symbol of accepting Christ as ones Savior, it is officially joining The Church of Jesus Christ, it is an outward sign of a covenant or promise between us and Heavenly Father, and it is a new beginning where the man of sin is buried and a new (clean) one is born (Romans 6:3-6). New members of the Mormon church desire these blessings and opportunities and that is why we baptize our them. For new members that previously were baptized in a different church, we baptize them again. The important difference is that the baptism is performed by one with the proper authority from God. Just like Jesus Christ and others sought out John the Baptist in specific, we also must have someone who is ordained with the Priesthood of God to baptize us. Authority from God is just as important (if not more important) in spiritual matters as authority from the government is important in legal matters. Baptism is a powerful and important way to accept the fullness of Christ's gospel and follow His example. We find great blessings and comfort in leaving behind our bad habits and sins and trying to apply the teachings of Christ. Show more Show less

Who was Joseph Smith?

Joseph Smith is most know as the prophet who established "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints", aka "The Mormon" church. He was born in 1805 and was a fairly unknown and uneducated and who grew up farming and doing other work with his family. His curiosity and interest in finding the "true church" led him to prayer and searching the scriptures. In early 1820, his search was rewarded with a vision from Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. This vision, and many other revelations thereafter were part of God's plan to restore His church to the earth again. Joseph Smith was chosen by the Lord to re-establish His church and restore the truths that had been lost through the ages. Joseph Smith is respected and loved by members of our church for his dedication and sacrifice for the truth. His teachings and example are valuable in better understanding our Savior Jesus Christ and his Gospel. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about family?

Mormons believe that families are a critical part of this life. In this life, a family that strives to implement the teachings of Christ will provide all of the necessary physical, emotional, spiritual, and other necessities and support for spouses and children Family relationships can also provide the greatest experiences of joy and happiness... the lasting kind rather then the temporary thrill of a good sports game, delectable meal, or other. I know my family, both growing up and now my own wife and child are a source of my greatest happiness, sense of self worth and accomplishment, and so much more. We also believe that families are meant to be together after this life in God's plan. Through a special ordinance called a sealing, families can be 'sealed' or united forever through the priesthood of God. This belief of "eternal families" strengthens our resolve to build a strong, happy home hear on earth. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Mormons definitely believe the Bible is the word of God and regard it as Holy Scripture. We believe that the Bible records the words, stories, and experiences of ancient prophets and apostles. These men are called of God to speak and write His words for us. The writings (aka the scriptures) are given to help all of us know God better, know His plan for us, know His teachings and commandments, and point us to Christ for redemption. In addition to the bible, Mormons also include the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price in our canon of holy scripture. The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ is a record from the inhabitants of ancient America (2000BC-400AD). The Doctrine and Covenants contains a collection of modern day revelations that were received for establishing and regulating the restored Church of Jesus Christ. Finally, the Pearl of Great Price is a selection of revelations, translations, and writings of Joseph Smith. We strongly believe that The Lord has spoken to many nations in the past, and continues to speak to the world today through living prophets and apostles. The words of the Bible are in harmony with the other scripture and revelation and you can be further edified and enlightened as you study these books together. Show more Show less