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Hi I'm Daniel

I am an Accountant. A Husband, and Father of three toddlers. A fan of the beach and just playing the ukulele. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a father of three lively toddlers, and currently am in graduate school. I enjoy playing sports of all kinds; basketball, tennis, football, to name a few, and most importantly, coming home and spending time with my family. Along with sports, I am a fan of music, and musicals. I enjoy singing, and playing the ukulele. I was baptized in the Mormon church when I was 12 years old after being visited by the sister missionaries. Even though my dad wasn't interested in their message, I was permitted to meet with them and learn of what this great gospel had in store for me. Since I was very young, I found religion to be a very interesting subject, and have always enjoyed learning about religions in general.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was a kid, I was moved from home to home. My parents were separated and were both involved with drugs and alcohol abuse, and struggled getting their lives together. During this time, I had a grandmother who was a God-fearing woman. She instilled in me a belief in God, and Jesus Christ. But throughout my childhood, I felt abandoned. I didn't understand why I had to go through such hard times. "Did I do something wrong?" My relationship with my parents was close to nil. I felt like there was no one I could really confide in. When I met with the missionaries, my perspective in life changed. They taught me that God the Father still hears and answers prayers. Here was a person that would always be there for me. Someone who I could confide in and learn from. The missionaries taught me that the Lord has prepared a plan of happiness that I could succeed in. I learned more about who Christ was and what He taught. I learned that He suffered on the cross so that I could live again, and most importantly, that He suffered in the Garden of Gethsemane, so that He could understand me. So that He could know, firsthand, my pains, and my afflictions. I was no longer alone in my life. Christ has made it possible for me to overcome my obstacles with optimism. Because of the gospel of Jesus Christ, I can forgive my parents, I can love my neighbor, and I can live with my family (my wife, my children, and my parents) for eternity. I know that God lives. I know that He still hears and answers prayers. I know that this gospel has been restored through a faithful man, Joseph Smith. He did see our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. I know that Jesus Christ still lives. I know that He suffered and died for us all, so that we can gain support in our darkest hour. The Book of Mormon has blessed my life with answers to my prayers and has given me a greater direction in life. It is truly another testament of Jesus Christ, and can help us grow closer to Him. This is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

As a Latter-Day Saint, we are blessed with the opportunity to serve our church. Church leaders are not paid! How sweet is that?! Everyone who serves, serves willingly and full of faith. Currently my wife and I serve as Athletic directors. We coordinate with other church buildings, sports activities. I also serve as a Home Teacher. I visit families in the ward and get to know them, serve them, and teach them. I help them if they have any problems and report any of their requests or concerns back to our Bishop (similar to a Pastor, or Reverend) of any issues, he can help resolve. Along with that, I live my life trying not to embarrass my wife, my family, or my Savior. I study the scriptures and pray individually and with my family daily to invite the spirit in my home, and to help my family create good habits (always keeping in contact with the Lord and His revelation). My faith really has an effect on the way I work, think, and interact with others.