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Hi I'm Dan

I'm a Mormon. I grew up in Salt Lake City, I'm a returned Peace Corps Volunteer and an immigration attorney.

About Me

I was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. I served an LDS mission in Chile and was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Central Mexico. I married my wonderful wife in between my first and second year of law school and we have two children. I am an attorney practicing immigration law and criminal defense.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a family with a long legacy of LDS church membership. My ancestors were among the mormon pioneers who crossed the plains to establish themselves in the Salt Lake Valley of Utah. I have always felt that the church was true, as I suppose many people do who grow up in a particular religion. But when I was a teenager I began to study the Bible and Book of Mormon on my own and came to know for myself that they are truly the word of God. I know the Book of Mormon is true. It was written by ancient prophets who lived on the American continent and their record was translated by the Prophet Joseph Smith by the gift and power of God. The Book of Mormon has helped me to come closer to my Savior, Jesus Christ, and to know of his plan for all of God's children. I have read the Book of Mormon over 30 times and I plan to read it many more times because it continues to teach me the doctrines of salvation. The Holy Ghost has given me confirming feelings in my heart and mind that Thomas S. Monson is a living prophet and that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the one true church and kingdom of God on earth.

How I live my faith

My family and I attend church every Sunday. My wife and I have volunteer responsibilities in our congregation where we focus on serving others and building their faith in Christ. I pay tithing (10% of all the money I earn) to the church, I fast once a month, and pay a fast offering to the church to be used to help others. Every day I read scriptures and pray to God, individually and with my family. My religion is more than an important part of my life, it's why I am who I am, and why I do what I do.

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Dan
Tithing has existed since the time of Abraham. It has very little to do with money, and everything to do with faith. Everything we have on this earth is from God. He is who provides all we have, including the money we receive. He says, in effect, "I will give you this money you have worked for, but to show me your faith and loyalty, return 10% to me which I will use in my church to help build the kingdom, and as a consequence, I will pour out blessings upon you and your house in abundance." I pay tithing because God requires it of all his children so He can bless us for our obedience. Show more Show less