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Hi I'm Daniel Jay Haskin

I was raised in Chicago (or thereabouts). I am a software developer and IT professional. Mormon, died in the wool.

About Me

My wife will tell you that my hobbies all deal with messing around with my computer, trying to find new ways to use it, learning the latest computer tools out there, or the newest programming language. But my family is also my hobby. I love playing with my kids.

Why I am a Mormon

I know that the Spirit of God leads this church. I know that revelation happens. When I was twelve years old I had a lot of doubts about my religion, what I was going to do with my life, and other worries which were a big deal to me at the time. I got a back-to-school blessing from my Dad. In it he addressed my concerns and told me the Lord said not to worry, that everything would be fine. The words he said directly spoke to me in a way that only someone who knew what I was thinking could. I knew it was the Spirit of God.

How I live my faith

Every day, I read a chapter or two in the Book of Mormon. I love the influence of the Spirit in my life, and it increases when I read that book, together with the other Scriptures. I am big into family history and learning more about my ancestors. Mormons feel that it is important to find out about who we are related to, in part because we will meet them after we die, but also so that we can give them the opportunity to accept the gospel as spirits by performing ordinances on their behalf in our temples. It is such an important and relevant work, and I have found a lot of happiness getting to know my ancestors. I am currently a primary teacher. This means I teach four-year-olds about the gospel in sunday school. It's a blast.

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

Daniel Jay Haskin
Dads bring the bacon, and support the mom with discipline. Sometimes the children need to know that they should respect their mother, and they won't listen to her when she says it. Dad also plays with the kids. I don't know much about the mom stuff, but my wife does a great job at keeping the kids safe and happy. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Daniel Jay Haskin
No one is required to do anything in the church. It is our testimony, our faith, which required it of me. I knew that Jesus was the Christ, I knew He was my Savior, and I knew that He wanted me to go on a mission. So I went. I have never made a better decision from that day to this one. Generally, I refute statements given by people who say the mission was the greatest decision of their lives, because I the most important decision in someone's life is who to marry. But since, by God's grace, I met my lovely and brilliant wife on my mission, I must concede that my mission has brought me the majority of my current happiness, both in serving my God and meeting my wife. Show more Show less

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Daniel Jay Haskin
Men have the priesthood because if men aren't given a job to do, they kind of deteriorate. I don't know who said it first, but I've heard this: "If two or more men are gathered together with nothing to do, no good can come of it." Tell me you haven't seen guys in that situation before, and saw the idiocy that ensued. Every guy has been there, or will be. To me, women who want the priesthood show a lack of trust in men. This is not always unwarranted. A lot of guys have done some pretty heinous stuff with their positions in the priesthood. Reading the scriptures, though, God passionately despises it. Like there's a special place in hell for men who abuse or who don't show love and care for women and children. Our prophet Thomas S. Monson has told men to be very careful with our wives and daughters, for "God counts their tears." God says that when men do abuse their power, their priesthood or authority ends then and there. D&C 121:31-46. I have never met a mormon woman, trying to do everything that she felt God was asking her to do, and who was with a kind man, who was not completely happy to be a daughter of God or a mother. That doesn't mean they don't exist, but seriously, I haven't really met a girl who doesn't want to be a mother and/or wife, given the opportunity. Mostly, I've had the opposite experience: women I've known want men to step up to the plate for them, take out the garbage, talk to the lawyer, and play with and discipline the kids. Show more Show less

How are modesty and chastity related? How can parents teach their children to be modest in dress, language and behavior?

Daniel Jay Haskin
I have five sisters, so I actually got an ear full growing up just listening to my mom talk to them. But I also had the perspective of a guy. Modesty shows that you respect the body God gave you, that you are willing to keep it safe and protected. Chastity is similar; it says that you respect the god-given divine abilities to have children and to love someone else forever. As a husband, I am chaste (I don't sleep around) so that my wife can trust me, and I am modest so that other people don't want to sleep around with me. By having kids to the same thing, they are being loyal to their future spouses. They will be loyal to their future spouses if we are loyal to ours. Show more Show less