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Hi I'm Danny West

I live in the Pacific Northwest. I'm a new husband. I'm an aspiring photographer and accountant. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My wife and I both grew up in the Pacific Northwest (beautiful area, known for it's scenic landscapes). We met two years ago, dated for a year, and were married in the beautiful Mormon Temple, near Seattle, Wa. I'm a family guy - they mean the world to me. We don't have any children yet, but we do have plenty of family in the area. My side of the family has come together (especially) over the past month, with the sudden passing of my mom. She was the rock of our family and it's been incredibly difficult; but I've come to appreciate the simple comfort that the gospel of Jesus Christ can bring. Shortly after she passed, my wife and I realized the importance of capturing all the memories we can with our loved ones. We decided to buy a ridiculously nice camera (it's smarter than I am). Up until this point, I've always enjoyed photography, but I've never taken the pictures. With this camera, and at the encouragement (insistence) of my wife, that's beginning to change.

Why I am a Mormon

Part of my faith is inherited; my mom and dad are members. They taught me about Jesus Christ and what He did that gives this life purpose. When I was a kid, I learned about the Bible, and the Book of Mormon (another testament of Jesus Christ). And of course, they taught me principles and values to live under. But a big part of my faith I found on my own. There was a long time that I didn't believe in much of anything. I didn't care what happened before or after this life (I figured: we live, we die, it's that simple). And then I got a reality check. I discovered that life has little purpose, if you don't know why you're here. And more significantly, the death of someone you know is a lot more difficult to accept if you're ignorant of where we go after we die. So I searched for something to believe. It was when I started praying that I realized that you can learn more from a simple prayer than years and years of study in philosophy and science. Through prayer, I receive specific answers to specific questions. They come in the form of strong feelings, and spontaneous thoughts. They're always confirmed by positive results when I follow their direction. Through prayer, and study, I've gained a testimony of Jesus Christ (and His gospel). Being a Mormon is about trying to follow the example of Jesus Christ. I try to live my life like He lived His: full of love and service. And my doing this has given me happiness and the ability to overcome struggles in challenging times.

How I live my faith

One of the great things about the Mormon faith is that no matter where you go - you always have a family in the area. We are a large, open, and very close community. We volunteer much of our time to keeping our church and local communities strong. We're encouraged to participate in humanitarian and inner-city organizations. As a recently married person, without children, I try to do as much as possible to serve others in the community (who might not have as much free time and resources, as I do). I volunteer several hours each week preparing tax returns for people who can't afford a paid preparer. I try to check up on a few families in my congregation every month to ensure they're making ends meet. And I volunteer some of my time on Sundays working with new members and investigators of the congregation, answering questions and sharing some of our beliefs. I try to live the gospel the best I can. I can certainly do better. But I've found that when I go out, serve others, and live my faith, life runs more smoothly. I'm happier and my marriage is stronger.