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Hi I'm Danny

I'm a medical student, rock and roll enthusiast, and skateboarder. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in Southern California in a Mormon household. I've had a very happy life. My parents are amazing people that have taught me exactly what I need to do to be happy. I'm currently a medical student working towards my dream of becoming a physician. Though I keep pretty busy with school, in my free time I like to play guitar, sing, skateboard, snowboard, and surf (whenever I find myself with an ocean nearby). I am a loyal friend and have been blessed be always be surrounded by admirable people.

Why I am a Mormon

Since I grew up in a Mormon household, the church was always a part of my life. I always knew who Christ was, I knew about God's commandments, and I knew about the Book of Mormon. As I grew older, I began to understand the importance of knowing for myself if the things I had been taught were true, and not just relying on the faith of my parents. At the end of the Book of Mormon, there is a promise to those who read and pray about it. It assures us that if we sincerely ask God through prayer if the Book of Mormon is His word, we will receive an answer through the Holy Ghost. When I was fifteen, I put this promise to the test. I can testify that this promise was fulfilled. In that moment, I knew absolutely that everything I had been taught by my parents was indeed the truth. That feeling is difficult to describe, but I can promise that whoever asks God "with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ" (Moroni 10:4), will receive the same answer I received. I have continued faithful in the church because I have recognized that when I live God's commandments, I am happy. There is a direct correlation between obedience to God and the satisfaction we draw out of life. This has been proven to me time and time again, and I have become grateful for the commandments my church has taught me.

How I live my faith

I always try to apply what I learn in church. I continually strive to be better and serve others to a greater degree each day. If others do not agree with my beliefs, I try to be a light in their life and help them feel closer to the Savior even if they do not recognize it. I serve in whatever capacity is required of me in church. I teach lessons, plan events, give talks, and whatever else might be necessary to help my local congregation come closer to the Lord. I make an effort to live my faith outside of church as well. As a medical student, I have ample opportunities to serve in the community. I try to capitalize on these opportunities, as I believe that serving others is one of the most important things we can do in this life.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Live the teachings and pray about it. That is what I did. John 7:17 teaches, "If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself." If you live the teachings of the church, you will see a difference in your life. That is a promise. Upon living these things, ask God sincerely to know if what you are learning is right. If you ask with "real intent," you will receive an answer! Show more Show less