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Hi I'm Daniel

I used to be a farm boy. I am now a college math teacher. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up on a dairy farm about 20 miles outside of a small town in Idaho. I graduated college with a BS degree in Math, went back to school to get a Teaching Certificate and finally worked to get a Masters degree in Education. After teaching high school for six years, I joined the faculty of a university and currently teach math to students who haven't enjoyed math very much at all. I am happiest when my students say something like, "Wow, that class wasn't as bad as I thought it would be." I have been married for almost 16 years and have four children. I love to read to, and with, my children. My wife makes sure we get to Disneyland on a regular basis. I have just finished a doctoral degree in Mathematics.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were members of the LDS church, which is where I became familiar with teachings and practices of the faith. However, studying math in college put me in an environment where rigorous proof of everything was required, from Arithmetic to Algebra to Calculus. I went through the same experience with what I had been taught about the Gospel and Scriptures. I had to study a lot on my own to find out what the beliefs and doctrines were. As I felt a bit incapable of making such a huge decision by myself, I also prayed a great deal. The more I studied and learned and prayed the more I began to understand in my mind and in my heart. Finding out for myself through prayer and study has been a wonderful experience. I feel that I have received an answer to prayers that this is Christ's church.

How I live my faith

One of the things I enjoy most about this Faith is the expectation that the teachings of Jesus Christ should motivate and guide how we live our lives and interact with our family, friends, and neighbors. Our family will read the scriptures and discuss the stories and principles that we find there. Our family seeks out entertainment that is wholesome, and we try to avoid all movies and music that promote immorality. We help out with service projects for our community. We also pray together as a family. I volunteer in the Boy Scouts of America where I get to help young men learn to live their own religous values and have a lot of fun. Sunday meetings are certainly a part of how I live my faith, but they only help me to gain the perspective to put the Lord's teachings into effect throughout the rest of my week.

What do Mormons believe about family?

We believe that the family is central to why God created this earth in the first place. He put us in families to help us to become patient, kind, loving, sharing, hardworking individuals who value and respect the roles of mother and father. In addition to what we learn in families during our lives, we believe that we can be together as a family if we continue to follow the Savior and obey those things that he asks of us. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Nope. Like Moses, Isaiah, Peter, or other men that God called to teach the gospel and gave authority to act in His name, Joseph Smith was a prophet. We worship God the Father and also His Son Jesus Christ. Joseph did a lot of great things in building up the Church of Jesus Christ and teaching the principles of the Gospel, but all He did was in the assisting us to properly worship the Savior. Show more Show less

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

Its simplicity and truth. When you run into something that is so refreshing and makes sense and puts your life in perspective, it makes you happy and excited to share it with someone else. Show more Show less

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Absolutely. The instruction given by the prophets of the Old Testament about who God is and how he patiently tried to bring people back to Him over and over is one of the most sacred principles that I know and helps me to believe that He will even help me to get back to Him after I mess up. The sermons and teachings in the New Tesament, especially during the life of Christ are equally holy and sacred scripture. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

You have to go through the same process as everyone else. You have to study the doctrines history of the Mormon faith, in particular focusing on the teachings of Christ, the Book of Mormon, and the story of Joseph Smith. Pray like crazy to make sure that are really trying to get an answer from the Lord, and then when the Lord gives you an answer, do whatever it takes to do that. Show more Show less

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

Throughout the history of the world, God has given commandments to his people that were specific to their time and circumstances. For example, at the time of Christ, the gospel was not preached to the Gentiles. Then, upon receiving a revelation, Peter was instructed to change that practice. Through a similar process Abraham was instructed to take multiple wives. At other times the Lord has instructed his people to have only one wife. Joseph Smith, as a prophet, received instruction that the practice of plural marriage (polygamy) should be practiced. Currently the Lord's instruction is that of having only one wife. Show more Show less