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Hi I'm Daniel

I'm an aspiring doctor. I'm a mama's boy, but my dad is my hero. Country living runs deep in my family. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in beautiful Bear Lake, Idaho. My family farms about 700 acres of alfalfa, wheat, and barley. I'm the 5th out of seven kids, two brothers and 4 sisters. I grew up with a healthy mixture of hard work, lots of go-o-od cooking (thanks mama!), laughter, sports, music, and rough-housing with my siblings. My family members are my best frends, hands down; they're my favorite people to be around! I've played the piano for 15 years, and I've been in several musicals. I love running and was on my high school's Cross Country team. I play basketball and volleyball as hobbies, and I'm always down for a game of ultimate frisbee! Some of my favorite things: mountains, the smell of fresh-cut alfalfa, stars, snow, snowmobiles, drawing people's blood (muwahaha!), grand pianos, chocolate ganache, leatherbound books, newborn babies, laughing until it hurts, MUSIC, bonfires, singing in the shower, aaaand the list goes on and on! I've always wanted to ride in a hot-air balloon. I've always wanted to ski in the swiss alps. I've always wanted to fly a plane. Someday I will be working in a hospital, helping people. I find no greater satisfaction than in realizing that I've helped people in ways they cannot help themselves. Right now, I am serving as a full-time missionary in the California San Diego mission. I absolutely LOVE it!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I CHOOSE to be. I was born and raised in the church, and I'm so grateful for the things that my parents taught me growing up. However, everyone at one time or another, has to make the decision to become converted to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is a personal decision between you and God, through our mediator Jesus Christ. I've always known the things I was taught growing up are true, but I believe that I truly converted to the gospel of Jesus Christ when I applied those teachings into my life and made the decision to put my life on hold and give two years to God in the service of His children here on earth. I made that decision, I followed through on it, and I have never regretted it. I've never been happier. I've come to know my Savior in a very real and personal sense. I've felt His atonement work upon my soul to shape me and refine me. It's a work in progress, but I testify that it is real. One of my favorite quotes reads, "Believe in who you are becoming." This life isn't about perfection, it's about progression, and the doctrines taught within the gospel of Jesus Christ, combined with the proper Priesthood authority, are what allow us to progress in this life so that we eventually attain perfection and, ultimately, eternal life in the presence of God and our Savior. The potential we have as children of God is incomprehensible! THIS life is the time for us to recognize that potential and do something about it.

How I live my faith

I live my faith one step at a time, day by day. I take the things that I've been taught all my life, and I try to make them a part of my life. Right now, as a full-time missionary, I'm helping people by teaching them these principles and helping them develop faith in Jesus Christ and His atonement. Most importantly, I try to focus on the Savior. He is the head of this church and the center of my life. I will never be able to fully express the love and devotion I have for Him. He is my confidant, my best friend, and the one person who will never give up on me. He knows me, inside and out. He knows my deepest pains, my weakest moments, my darkest days, and STILL, He is always there with open arms, waiting to comfort me and give my heart the peace that can come only from One who truly understands. Everyday, I try to live my faith in such a way that people can tell who I represent. I want people to see, through my actions, the love that Jesus Christ has for them.