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Hi I'm Danny

I work in Silicon Valley at a tech company. I love and respect people of all types and persuasions. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have a wonderful family and spend most of my time being a husband and dad. I love it and I love them beyond words. For what little time is left for hobbies, I tend towards nerdy ;-). I love to read (mostly non-fiction), I occasionally program just for fun and I love music and traveling. I also dabble in things like astronomy, cooking and singing.

Why I am a Mormon

I know that God lives. Not an idea or concept of goodness that can be called God, but our literal "Father in Heaven". Knowing that shapes everything in my life and the teachings of the Mormon church have been where I have learned of God's nature and of his plan for humanity (His spirit children). This has led me to come to have a personal knowledge of His existence. That knowledge of God's existence is the real reason I'm a Mormon and even if being a Mormon were otherwise difficult and unrewarding, I would still be a Mormon because of that. But, in actuality, I find it delightful and richly rewarding being a Mormon. Following the teachings of this church has brought me and my family peace, long-term happiness and the treasure of my knowledge of God that I mentioned. It also helps me in my attempts to become a better person.

How I live my faith

Serving in voluntary positions in our local ward (congregation) is really important to me. I've done lots of things. I was recently teaching an early morning religion class to high school kids (I really admire the kids that get up to attend this hour-long class at 6am every weekday). However, I now serve in a leadership council for our local stake (a stake is like a diocese -- a collection of about 10 local wards forms a stake). However, a more important aspect of how I live my faith is how I strive to become a better person every day, to repent when I make mistakes, to treat everyone around me (no matter their religion, race, gender, age, sexual orientation, size, etc.) with kindness, love and respect.

Are Mormons Christians?

Short answer: an emphatic yes. We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and our Savior. He is at the center of our teachings, doctrine and worship. That is why the true name of the church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Longer answer? You are probably asking because you have heard some people express the opinion that we are not Christians. My guess is that some people claim this because from the outside it seems difficult to determine where we fit in the "Christianity family tree" (i.e. the hierarchical relationships between Christian sects -- where, for example, the Church of England would show as an offshoot of the Roman Catholic church). It is true that we ourselves claim that we are not an offshoot of any other Christian sect, but rather the restored gospel of Jesus Christ -- brought back to earth by Jesus Christ Himself through a modern-day prophet. Thus, we don't fall into either of the two main categories of Christian faiths (i.e. those that claim an unbroken line of authority back to Christ, like the Catholics, or the Protestant faiths that have broken off from another sect). Nevertheless, by any definition of "Christian" which talks of those who believe in Christ, believe that He is the Savior of the world and follow his teachings as contained in the Holy Bible, we are most certainly Christian. Show more Show less