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Hi I'm Danner

I'm a runner. I'm a snowboarder. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm an auditor for one of the largest retailers in the world. I run in the summers and snowboard in the winters. I tinker with gadgets and will dance to anything with a beat. I'm learning to play the guitar and training to qualify for the Boston marathon.

Why I am a Mormon

I've often thought about the purpose of life. What things I should do that will be the most worthwhile to the well-being of my family, my friends, and myself? How I should respond to situations where I or a loved one are hurt? Why do innocent people suffer? How can I be of more use to my fellow human beings? I want to feel fulfilled, have a happiness that lasts, and have hope that things will get better during difficult situations. Heavenly Father answers my questions and meets my needs in a personal way as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Jesus invited the people listening to His sermon on the mount to ask Heavenly Father questions and expect answers. Paul told the Galations that the Holy Spirit, Heavenly Father's messenger, would respond with good feelings, like love, joy, and peace. Taking Jesus' and Paul's advice, I pray to Heavenly Father about my worries and questions. To get answers, I try to do things that will invite the Holy Spirit into my life. When I attend Sunday meetings at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, when I read the Book of Mormon and the Bible, when I follow the teachings of latter-day prophets, I feel love, joy, and peace. Thoughts will come to my mind that answer my questions and quiet my fears. Other Church members will help me without my asking for it, because God is answering my prayer through someone else. I need Heavenly Father the most when I've made a mistake. I have thought that nothing I could do or say could fix the wrong that I caused. In that terrible feeling of being alone, I've gotten on my knees and asked Heavenly Father for forgiveness. I know that through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, Heavenly Father has forgiven me and that I am able to make things right. I've learned who God and Jesus Christ are through the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and because I know them better, I have greater faith that Heavenly Father hears and answers my prayers.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by studying the scriptures, praying, and following the words of modern day prophets and apostles. I attend church meetings on Sundays looking to understand what I can do to live a life more similar to Jesus Christ’s. I look for opportunities to serve others, whether it’s helping someone at work get their job done, hauling firewood for an elderly woman in the congregation, donating to charities, holding doors open for people, or just generally being a pleasant and kind person to be around. I have a church assignment to check in on a few people in my congregation every month and make sure their needs are being met spiritually, financially, and emotionally. If there is anything I can help them with, I’m glad to do it. Occasionally I speak in church about what I’ve learned studying the gospel and how it’s helped me in my life. When I’m not proud of something I’ve done or feel sad after something bad has happened, I ask myself “How would Jesus react? What would he do in this situation?” I resolve to fix my mistakes and help others in moments of difficulty. I live my faith by acting with hope – the hope that tomorrow will be brighter because God has a plan for me and my loved ones and is aware of our needs.