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Hi I'm Danny

I'm a musician and a full time student, who loves working with audiovisual material, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a musician at heart and love playing guitar and bass. I also love to write original compositions and enjoy recording them. I enjoy editing and mixing video and audio as well as transferring and restoring old audiovisual material. I am married to a beautiful redhead and I am going to college as well. I enjoy life and look for opportunities to help others. I love meeting new people and love the opportunity to learn from others.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Church by good parents but decided to go my own way when I graduated high school. I figured that there had to be another way to have peace in this life other than the "Mormon" way. I played guitar in a band and searched for peace and happiness in many different ways. I researched other religions and tried yoga and meditation, among other things. After about 5 years I realized that I hadn't found the peace and happiness I was searching for. I realized that my family was what was most important in my life and not the worldly things I had put my faith in for the previous 5 years. I recalled the truths that my parents had taught me and "came to myself." I started praying to God again and seeking His will in my life. An opportunity came for me to get out of the environment I had put myself in and start a new life in a new town. I took that opportunity and began to live the Gospel that I always knew was right. I gained a testimony for myself, apart from my parents or anyone else, that the Book of Mormon was absolute truth and that the Plan of Salvation, as taught through the scriptures, was the pathway to the peace and happiness that I was seeking. I found that peace and happiness as I repented and tried my best to keep the commandments that God has given us through His prophets. Most of all, I learned that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world and of me personally. Because of His atoning sacrifice for me, I was able to receive forgiveness of the sins that I had committed and receive the peace of mind and peace of conscience I was searching for. These truths I know of myself, independent of any other person, because of the comforting and confirming witness of the Holy Ghost. I still have struggles on a daily basis and make mistakes, but because of the perspective that the Gospel gives me, I am able to still have peace as I strive to do what the Lord wants me to do with my life.

How I live my faith

I served a 2 year mission in the southern half of Georgia (the Georgia Macon Mission). Upon returning I was called to serve as the ward mission leader of my ward or congregation. I am currently teaching 9 to 11 year old kids in the Primary with my wife.

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

This always seems to be a hard thing for people to understand or accept. I struggled with it for a time as well, until it was explained to me and then I prayed about it and felt at peace with it. This is what I understand about the doctrine of plural marriage: God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He works in patterns and you can see these patterns throughout the scriptures. One pattern of His is that He calls prophets to reveal His will for the world. He has done so since the beginning. With several of His prophets, He has commanded them to practice plural marriage. For example, Abraham, Jacob, and Moses to name a few all practiced plural marriage. But why would God command such a thing? The answer is found in the Book of Mormon. Jacob 2:27-30 27 Wherefore, my brethren, hear me, and hearken to the word of the Lord: For there shall not any man among you have save it be one wife and concubines he shall have none 28 For I, the Lord God, delight in the chastity of women. And whoredoms are an abomination before me thus saith the Lord of Hosts. 29 Wherefore, this people shall keep my commandments, saith the Lord of Hosts, or cursed be the land for their sakes. 30 For if I will, saith the Lord of Hosts, raise up seed unto me, I will command my people otherwise they shall hearken unto these things. The key is in verse 30: "If I will...raise up seed unto me, I will command my people." So the only time plural marriage is commanded of the Lord is when He wants to raise up a righteous seed, otherwise the commandment is clearly stated that a man should have only one wife. So, when the Church of Jesus Christ was restored to the earth through the Prophet Joseph Smith, the Lord commanded him to practice plural marriage for that specific purpose. Once His will was fulfilled, He commanded His prophet, Wilford Woodruff, to cease the practice of plural marriage. This makes sense to me in my mind and also in my heart as I've come to know through the Holy Ghost that the Lord knows what He's doing. I am not ashamed of the practice of plural marriage because it makes sense to me why it was practiced. In fact, I wouldn't be here today if it wasn't for this practice because I am a descendant of Joseph F. Smith through his 5th wife, Alice Ann Kimball. Hopefully this explanation is helpful in understanding why plural marriage was practiced by Abraham, Isaac, Moses, and more modernly by early members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Show more Show less