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Hi I'm Daniel

I grew up in Utah. I just graduated and started a job as a digital hardware engineer in Austin. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a recent graduate and have just started work as a digital hardware engineer. For those who are unfamiliar with that, I'll basically be helping design the things that go on circuit boards that go inside all our fun, hi-tech gadgets. While in college I met and fell in love with my wife Elissa. We've been happily married for almost 2 years now. There are lots of things that I enjoy doing, such as piano, board games, cooking, ultimate frisbee, rollerblading (I don't really do fancy tricks), various crafty things,

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a Mormon family that did their best to learn and follow the teachings of God. I saw from a young age the faith that my mother had. She knew that the Lord was there to help us, not always with the things we want, but certainly for the things we truly need. Though our family was by no means rich, my mother lived her religion by sharing the time, talents, and money which she had with others. As a result of growing up in such a positive, loving and faith-filled atmosphere I grew up believing that it was all true. When I moved out to live on my own I realized that life wasn't quite as easy and simple as it had seemed when I was living at home. It caused me to reexamine my life and my beliefs to make sure that I truly knew it was true, or simply believed it because I didn't know what else to believe. I can't say I had a moment when I suddenly realized that it was all completely true, but I can say that I know it is true. I have seen the gospel of Jesus Christ touch and change lives in a way that nothing untrue could possibly do.

How I live my faith

My wife and I have been teaching the 12-13 year old kids. Before that we were teaching 6-7 year old kids. We've really enjoyed being a part of their learning about Christ. I really enjoy that we are able to remind ourselves of the gospel each week as we prepare the lesson we will share.

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

For me it's common sense to avoid things that I can get addicted to. I know there are plenty of people who are not addicted to drinking alcohol, coffee, or tea, but there are many people who are. So, for me, it makes sense to avoid developing a habit. I also avoid having more than an occasional soda because I know people who are hooked on soda. The only reason I don't avoid soda altogether is that the Lord hasn't asked it of me. I believe the Lord has asked me to avoid those other drinks. Show more Show less