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Hi I'm Dane

I am an engineering student and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am in college studying civil engineering. I also work as a residential draftsman. I chose this field because I love to build things--the bigger the better. I love to create and problem solve to see ideas come to reality. My hobbies and recreational intrests include carpentry, cooking, classical music, and the outdoors.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a member of the LDS churh my entire life, but I haven't always had a testimony of the Gospel. My testimony is mostly a collection of small but sacred experiences where God has witnessed to me the truthfullness of some particular principle of the gospel. Sometimes it is during scripture study, while praying, being out in nature or while listening to someone speak. Whatever the circumstances, the witness comes unmistakably, and I am left more sure of my convictions. There have been a few times in my life I have witnessed what I consider to be true miracles. While I cherish these experiences, they don't really factor into my testimony any more than the steady, less-spectacular events mentioned previously. That is where I find sustaining power. Whenever I feel myself wavering, God is there to resolve my concerns and leave me stronger. The thing that I really love about all these experiences, is that although they are isolated events, they work together so well. It is almost like a jigsaw puzzle. An individual piece is not that spectuaclar by itself, but when another piece ties into the first, you get a more complete picture. This process repeats itself until all the holes are filled in and you are looking at a beautiful picture. I don't claim to be looking at the whole picture now, but holes are disappearing all the time. All these pieces seem taylor-fit for each other. I am a Mormon today because questions I had yesterday have been answered in a way that not only makes sense, but also that fit within the context of what I already believe. I look forward to one day seeing the whole picture.

How I live my faith

The local congregation I attend is just for people who, like me, are college-age and single. There is always people moving in and out for work, school and personal reasons. I help out by keeping track of who is moving where and keeping the records of the church up to date. But living my faith goes much deeper than record keeping a couple hours a week. I strive to live my faith every minute of everyday by making decisions that will bring me closer to the Savior Jesus Christ. I ask myself the classic question, "What would Jesus do?" By developing that kind of mindset, I feel that I keep my life in harmony with His teachings. It is not always easy, and sometimes I make mistakes, but I know that He is there to help me back. It is something I have to work on all the time, but it is definitely worth it.