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Hi I'm Daniel C Bittner

I'm a missionary, a college student, and I'm a Mormon (a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

About Me

I was born in Salt Lake City, and was raised in Rose Park, on the West Side of Salt Lake until I was four. My parents are strong believers in the Gospel of Jesus Christ and taught me to have deep rooted faith in Him, and His teachings. In July 2012 I was called to serve a full-time missionary in the California San Diego Mission. I entered the mission-field in September 2012. My High School wasn't exactly what you'd call... diverse. Most of us were white, most of us were 'Mormon', and most of us went to Seminary. In fact, 98% of the 1800 students were LDS; 97.5% of the student body was enrolled in Seminary. I grew up in an environment that encouraged high moral standards, love for the Lord, and for us to see the good in everyone; and above all to treat others how you would like to be treated. I never had a problem with making a decision between my faith and the world, because everyone knew what I believed, and they knew what I would and wouldn't do. I was able to attend BYU for a year prior to my mission. There is nothing that I enjoy more than learning. I am so blessed to be able to serve the Lord Jesus Christ as a missionary for Him and His Church. I have seen my life and my heart change as I have served my Lord. I have seen true miracles. I have seen people change their lives to bring them into harmony with the teachings of Christ. Their faith and their transformation has brought me closer to the Savior. We teach people the Commandments and how to draw closer to Him.

Why I am a Mormon

I have many ancestors who crossed the Great Plains as Mormon Pioneers, many of whom gave up their lives, families, homes and financial well being to become "a Mormon." My paternal Grandfather was the most recent of my forefathers to join the Mormon Church. He was a tailgunner of a B-17 in WWII. He was stationed in Salt Lake where he met my Grandmother at a dance, and they fell in love. After nearly ten years of marriage, my Grandfather became a 'Mormon' because he saw how the Church affected the lives of his wife and child. I have heard the story of his conversion since I was a child, and it often inspired me. But as a child I would often pray and ask why he had joined. When I was 8 years old I was baptized by my father, and although I don't remember much about that day, I do remember the feelings that I felt--peace, warmth, love, and an unparalleled sense of belonging. I felt like I had done the right thing, and since then I have come to know (instead of feel) that I did the right thing those many years ago. I have also come to realize why he decided to join the the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He found the fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We live in a world of many different beliefs. People that you meet on the street can be a believer of any number of religions, from anywhere on the globe. But it's not very often that you meet a person who says that they 'know' something. If you attend a Fast and Testimony meeting, at an LDS Chapel on the first Sunday of every month, you will hear the testimonies of the members of that branch or ward. Not one of them will have prepared what they were going to say; yet, each and every one of them will say that they 'know'. What a privilege it is to know what you believe in. For many members belief has given away to knowledge, so they know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Church of Jesus Christ, as instituted by him in the New Testament And that Is why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

In high school after getting home every Monday afternoon I would go read to an elderly blind lady in my neighborhood. It was only an hour a week, but that hour was the most precious and anticipated hour of my week. She became my best friend and I could talk to her about anything. The problem with little old ladies--they pass away. She returned home to live with our Heavenly Father my Senior year of high school. I've always had a love for the elderly because they know so much more than I do--and if you're nice to the little old lady next door she'll bring you pie or cookies! While I was a teenager, my young men's youth group would wake up at 5 am every morning it snowed, and we'd go shovel the snow at a condominium subdivision where a lot of widows live. There were a group of about 35 young men who would do this every time it snowed, which was a lot... we shoveled 68 homes in one hour. We did it because that's what being a Mormon (a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints), a disciple of Jesus Christ, and a human being is all about--serving our fellow men. I'm a real person, who's made mistakes and has faced challenges--the thing that's different about me is that I have been changed by the Gospel of Jesus Christ, making me want to live a better life and to follow His commandments. Because my life has been changed by His grace, I feel the deep and abiding need to share that message with the world; that is why 'Mormon' missionaries go throughout the world zealously sharing the message of the Savior. I've been called to serve for two years as a full-time missionary for the Church in San Diego. I'm really excited to be able to share the Gospel with others because it has blessed my life so much. Being a missionary is like any other calling in the Church, except that you do it every minute of every day. Your focus is entirely to bring others closer to God and His Son, Jesus Christ.

Are Mormons Christians?

Daniel C Bittner
I would say 'YES!' but many people do not believe that Mormons are Christians, due to several misconceptions about our beliefs. Many leaders of other faiths say that we are not Christians, despite our whole-hearted belief in Christ due to the fact that our Church does not follow and adhere to "The Creed" or the resolutions passed by the Councils of Nicaea in 325, in Constantine I's attempt to consolidate the doctrines and beliefs of Christianity. I would say that it is our belief that it is not the role of men, but of God to dictate and decide the doctrines of Christianity. Many leaders of other faiths have called us not Christian because we do not believe in resolutions passed by a council of men on the nature of God, well if that is what being a Christian is, I would not like to be called one. But I believe that a Christian is someone who follows the teachings of Jesus Christ. By that definition, Yes, we are Christians. We believe in not only the Holy Bible, but in an additional book of scripture called The Book of Mormon. We believe that through both the Bible and the Book of Mormon mankind can gain a greater understanding of the teachings of Jesus Christ, as his role as our Savior and Redeemer and as the Son of God. We pray and worship in the name of Jesus Christ. The very name of our church should be evidence that we believe, worship and honor Jesus Christ as the literal Son of God--We are "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints." Show more Show less

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

Daniel C Bittner
The Gospels record the Savior choosing His Apostles. Peter was the second-senior Apostle (the Savior was the Senior Apostle--see Hebrews 3:1). After the Ascension it was to Peter to whom the Apostles looked to for guidance and direction. His leadership in the ministry is evident (see Acts 1-5 10, 11). In Acts 1 we learn that the death of an Apostle merely means that a new Apostle must be called and ordained to testify of the Resurrection of our Lord--continuing the Church that Christ established through Apostolic authority. At the death of Peter, it was John the Beloved who presided over the Church (James had been beheaded by Herod) and received the Book of Revelation. Likewise, in our day when Joseph Smith, the Prophet, died then Brigham Young, the Senior Apostle, became President of the Church. President Gordon B. Hinckley described the revelatory succession process: "All of the living ordained Apostles gathered in a spirit of fasting and prayer in the upper room of the temple. Here we sang a sacred hymn and prayed together. We partook of the sacrament of the Lord’s supper, renewing in that sacred, symbolic testament our covenants and our relationship with Him who is our divine Redeemer. The presidency was then reorganized, following a precedent well established through generations of the past. There was no campaigning, no contest, no ambition for office. It was quiet, peaceful, simple, and sacred. It was done after the pattern which the Lord Himself had put in place." Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Daniel C Bittner
What is being a Mormon like, you ask? Imagine a field, it's wide and spacious. It's so wide that you can't see anything around you except the ground, the sky and where they meet--the horizon. The Sun is directly above you. Now you have to walk to a specific place that just barely over the western horizon. How will you know how to get there (and you have no source of direction handy like a GPS or a compass)? Some people might panic in the face of such uncertainty, no matter how fleeting. Because I know about the Gospel of Jesus Christ I know that this life is not the end, just as I know that the moment in the field will keep going, and after long enough that the sun will move casting a definite shadow, and I will be able to determine which direction is which--in our analogy, as I'm waiting to find out God's will if I'm patient I'll be able to find it. Being a Mormon gives me direction and purpose in life--a landmark whereby I know how to set my course for my eternal destiny. I know that sometimes I get frustrated in life, but I know that I can find joy here, by keeping Heavenly Father's commandments. Being Mormon allows me to know that families can be together forever through Heavenly Father's Plan, which is centered on Jesus Christ. Because of His Atonement we can be cleansed from our sins and as a Book of Mormon prophet, Lehi, teaches we can have joy in this life (2 Nephi 2:25). Show more Show less