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Hi I'm Daniel

I've lived in Japan, I love cooking and learning new facts, skills, and just about anything. I'm on a mission and I'm a mormon.

About Me

I love learning! New things fascinate me. I love figuring how and why things work the way they do, and I'm known for being inquisitive to the point of annoyance, at times. I've lived in Japan, Michigan, Colorado and Utah, and my favorite things to do are cook, read, make model landscapes and trains, hike, photograph flowers, mountain bike and spend lots of time in the great outdoors. I love designing things; whether it be landscapes, parts for mechanical engineering, or desserts or other dishes, I love it. I studied mechanical engineering for a year at BYU, though I'm currently on a mission in the California Fresno Mission. I'm learing Spanish here and loving it. I find it interesting to figure out how culture has affected the development of the language, and to see how living in the United Sates has affected Spanish speakers. I also love music; I play French Horn and Piano, though my tastes in music that I listen to might be considered a little, well, old fasioned. I love running cross country and playing casual sports with my friends.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born in the church, but my testimony came as it has to many converts, as an overwhelming feeling experienced after reading and praying about the Book of Mormon. Given that and the many other times I've felt the Spirit, there can be no doubt in my mind that the church is true. That is why I'm on a mission; to share it with others. That is why I'm a Mormon. At the core it is just simply that, though there are many things that have confirmed my decision to be a part of this "great work and a wonder." One of the greatest and most important things I've seen about the church is that it all makes so much sense. The more I learn, whether it be about the gospel or science the more I realize that all of this has to be true. The plan of salvation throws so much light on God's love for us; he gives us so many chances and he does so much for us just to provide a way for us to return to live with and be like Him. It shows our eternal nature and destiny, and gives a sense of worth and purpose to life. We lived before we came here. We will live again. We will live forever. This life is just a window in the spectrum of eternity, and I've chosen to follow this faith because I want that eternity to be as good as possible, and I know that can only come through this path. Christ is the way and the life, and there is no other way nor name under heaven by which we can be saved. We may not remember what came before or know completely what will come after, but we can know that God loves us and that He has reached out once again to us and given us His gospel truths. I know this is true. I know He loves us, more than I can ever understand. And it is the least that I can do to follow Him, to try to reciprocate that love in my own faltering, imperfect way. I've seen the gospel change lives. I know the atoning power of Christ is real. There is no doubt in my mind that this is His kingdom once again upon the earth. And I know that you can know that with the same certainty that I do.

How I live my faith

As growing up in the church I was always a part of the youth programs; I was on activities committees, I led the young men's group at times, and I helped to visit the members of the congregation. Currently, though, the way I have chosen to serve the Lord is by giving up two years of my life to His service. I am currently serving a volunteer mission in Fresno California, and that is exactly what I do all day, every day. The Church does not pay for me to be here, my family supports me and I also use funds that I saved before my mission. I refrain from "normal" entertainment and such to focus completely on the Lord and other people during these two years. I live my faith by trying to be an example. I strive always to be more like Christ. There's a quote I like: "Strive to live so that those who know you but do not know Christ will want to know Christ because they know you." I currently spend all of my time taling to people in the streets about the gospel, visiting people's homes, and helping them to gain faith in the Savior and come unto Him through baptism, but I plan to continue after my mission as well. This is not two years where I devote everything to the Lord and then go back to a "normal" person. I will live my faith be giving my all, my will and my life, to Him. Though I may not be able to do this full time once I return to school and find a job and perhaps a family, I will always be striving to be like Him and help others to come to know Him.

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Daniel
The missionaries, when they visit your home, will share a message centered on Jesus Christ and how faith in Him can bless you and your family. Their purpose is to invite you to come unto Him through faith in Him, repentence, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end. They will not tear down your beliefs, but instead build upon the good you already have. They will show you a better way. They will help you to receive all the blessings that God has available for you, that is is ready and willing to give you. They will teach about the restoration of the gospel and the incredible blessing we have today of a living prophet, and the priesthood authority of God once more upon the earth. Show more Show less

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

Daniel
Jesus Christ, being the Head of the Church, chooses who the next prophet will be. At the death of the previous prophet, revelation is given as to who will be the next prophet. So far, it has always been the president of the quorum of the twelve apostles. God directs who to call to that quorum so that the most senior apostle at the time of the death of the prophet is the one that he has prepared and chosen to be the prophet. Show more Show less

How does the Church finance its operations?

Daniel
Members of the church of their own free will donate ten percent of their income to the church. This money is used to print church materials and build church facilities, such as meeting houses and temples. The money is NOT given to church leaders for personal uses. All of our leaders are volunteers, we use what is called a lay ministry. Members of the church are asked to serve in church leadership positions but do not receive compensation for their service and are expected to hold jobs and provide for themselves and their families. Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

Daniel
Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ will see you through all the troubles, trials, hardships, and afflictions that you may run into. Have faith in Him. He loves you, is watching over you, suffered for your sins, and made it possible for you to return to live with Him. He is the only way, the only path. His is the only name under heaven whereby mankind may be saved. Believe in Him. Act on that faith. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Daniel
We believe that the Bible is a compilation of historical records that catalogue portions of the history of the Israelite people. These people had a close relationship with God, and His method of guiding them was by sending prophets. These prophets wrote down what God told them, as well as some historical information, and this became the Bible. Thus, we belive that the Bible is a compilation of teaching directly from God. These teachings help us know how to live our lives in accordance to His will. The main purpose of the Bible is to testify of the divinity of Jesus Christ. In this way it works hand in hand with the Book of Mormon. As we pray to know if these inspired writings really are what they claim to be we gain a testimony of Christ as our Savior and Redeemer and we can begin walking the path to return to live with Him again. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Daniel
Mormons are Christians. We are Christians because we believe that Jesus is the Christ. We are Christians because we believe that He suffered for us in the garden of Gethsemane and on the cross. We are Christians because we believe that He rose on the third day. We are Christians because we believe that Jesus is our Savior and Lord. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Daniel
The Lord has prepared the hearts of His children to receive His gospel. All it takes for them to come unto Him is for someone to go and find them and teach them. That is why we proselyte. We feel so blessed to know His gospel that we cannot stand the idea that someone has to go without it. We share the good news with others not to boost our numbers or get more people in church but to share the blessings we have seen with others. We know that you will be blessed in ways that you cannot imagine if you embrace this gospel, and that is why we share it. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe happens after we die?

Daniel
After death, we go to a place called the spirit world, where those who did not have the opportunity to hear the gospel in this life will be taught. Those who accepted the gospel in this life will teach it to those who did not, until the ressurection. With the resurrection, we will be judged of our works. Show more Show less