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Hi I'm Danny

I grew up in Utah. I am a software developer, illustrator, writer and family man.

About Me

I feed my family by writing software. I feed my muse by digital painting and writing fantasy novels. I love family, dogs, cycling, and storytelling in all its forms - novels, illustration, films, and even games. My wife is the joy of my life and my best friend.

Why I am a Mormon

I love and cherish the truths that we learn through the restored gospel. The fully restored gospel puts beautiful emphasis on the Savior while providing powerful understanding to our Savior's life, mission, sacrifice and triumph. I love knowing that God hasn't left us to our own devices, but that He is actively guiding and teaching those who will listen to his Prophets. The full truth we have gives perspective and understanding to the seemingly irreconcilable philosophical quandries many get lost on. Ultimately, I am a Mormon because I sought the truth for myself, and prayed and asked God. I know for myself that I have found the full and true Gospel of Christ.

How I live my faith

I try to treat everyone with the kindness the Savior would demonstrate. I strive to respect all of God's children, appreciating the goodness to be found in everyone I meet. I try to be patient with my own imperfections while striving to improve my closeness to Christ through scripture study, worship attendance, and loving others. I love my wife and put top priority on our growing family's happiness.

What do Mormons believe about family?

Danny
We believe that the family is the core unit of the heavens, and should be the central unit in society. No other success in life can compensate for failure in the home. Fathers and Mothers can learn to cultivate selfless love for their spouse and their children. In that way, a family is a way we can feel a small taste of the incomprehensible love God has for us. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Danny
No. It is strongly encouraged for the young men to serve. It should always be the choice of the person who leaves, and in the vast majority of the cases it is. In some cases there can be strong social or family pressures to serve, but I for one served because I really wanted to go. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Danny
We believe that as Christ stated, a man must be born of water and the spirit to enter the Kingdom of God. Christ himself was baptized as an example to demonstrate the need for all of us to do the same. God however is not so unfair, unfeeling and unloving as to condemn the billions who die without having the opportunity to do what Christ asks us to do. Baptism for the dead allows those who have died to receive the necessary ordinance should they so choose. It is a beautiful witness to the loving mercy and fairness of our Lord and Savior. Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Danny
That is one of my favorite things to discuss. I will try to be brief though. We believe that we are on this earth to grow and progress by making choices. As we exercise our agency, or ability to choose, we all do and will make mistakes. When we break God's laws, we fall subject to justice, and we become unclean. Without Christ's atonement, we would have no way to be cleansed from our sins, and the demands of justice would be enough to fill us with fear at the thought. Christ's Atonement is the perfect expression of God's mercy. Christ has in effect offered to pay our debt to justice, thus granting us mercy. It is the way that God is both perfectly just and perfectly merciful. The conditions of receiving God's mercy through Christ is by repentance, which process also washes us clean from the stains of sin. Thus Christ's Atonement extends us mercy and cleanses us so we can return to God's presence. Christ's sacrifice was necessary because he knew that we needed the experiences of our life, with all of our failures and triumphs to grow and progress. Christ knew that we would need mercy, and need a way to be cleansed from our sins, and he loves us so much that he voluntarily accepted that heavy burden for all of God's children. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Danny
The Book of Mormon is a compliation of writings from various ancient Prophets. The primary compiler was named Mormon. Much of the writing is his recounting history, but he includes the direct writings of the Prophets of each period quite often. After Mormon's death, his Son Moroni finished the record. In Joseph Smith's day, Moroni visited him as an angel and instructed him, leading to the eventual translation of the record by Joseph Smith through the power and inspiration of God. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Danny
You can know Mormonism is true by sincerely studying its teachings and asking God. If you study with an open and sincere heart, and you ask God with a willingness to act on the answer given, you will come to know that it is true for yourself. Show more Show less

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

Danny
We are here to learn, grow and become more like Christ. The gift of agency, or the power to choose, is so important to help us grow and progress. As part of that experience we must face challenges and temptations. Unfortunately, all of us make wrong choices as part of our experience in life, or in other words, we sin. We need the Savior to provide us the means to be washed clean of our sins so we can return to God's presence. Show more Show less

What is the Church’s position on abortion?

Danny
Mormons believe that life is absolutely sacred. Correlating with that is the believe that the power to create life is sacred. Sexual intimacy is a sacred and beautiful expression of love reserved for husband and wife. Responsible practices for married couples should include birth control when they aren't ready or trying for children. Abortion should be avoided except in cases of rape, incest, or mortal danger to the mother. We encourage mothers in many of those scenarios to consider giving their child to adoption rather than abortion. Show more Show less