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Hi I'm Dan

I'm from Utah, I'm an actor, and more than anything, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I just finished my first year of college and am preparing to serve in the MTC right now. I received my call to serve in the California, San Fernando mission, and will be going out into the field soon. I am speak Spanish, or I'm learning to speak Spanish, and would be more than happy to talk with anyone in the language if they have questions. Though I have spent a year at college, I'm not entirely sure what I want to do with my life. My focus in college was acting, but I am not sure if it is a realistic option as a career choice for me. Other areas I am considering are psychology, stats, and neurobiology.

Why I am a Mormon

My whole life I have been a member of the Church. The gospel has always been a key part of my life, and recently I have come to see how important it really is. I have a sibling who chose to leave the Church, and while we both have trials of varying degrees, I notice that without the Church my sibling doesn't have as much of a hope. I believe that hope is key to my faith. Hope for a better tomorrow; hope for greater light and truth in my life. The gospel of Jesus Christ provides such great hope for me in my life that I couldn't live without it.

How I live my faith

I am a missionary of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and as such I am now devoting my life into the service of Christ. As I have been studying the scriptures and learning how to share the message of the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ with the people of San Fernando I have felt such a great increase of love in my life. Though there is always more things to learn and I can always improve, I have found that the Spirit I feel is the most powerful thing I have ever felt or known. I know that as I go out in the service of my Savior I am doing His will.

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

Dan
I speak as a missionary. When I go into the home of someone who wants to know about the Church, my companion and I will share four basic messages of the Church: the Restoration, God's plan for us before, during, and after this life, an overview of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and how God wants to bless us by giving us commandments. There are many subpoints within each message, but this is the general idea of what we will talk about. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Dan
The Savior commanded His disciples just before He ascended into Heaven for the last time to "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations." We believe that this command is still in effect and we need to spread the message of the Savior to everyone. Ultimately, this is the purpose of missionary work, to help people to come unto Christ. I speak as a missionary of the Church. I am serving and proselyting because I know how much Christ has helped me in my life. He has loved me and helped me through so many hard times. I am serving not just because of His command to "teach all nations," but because I want other people to be able to partake of the Savior's love as I have. I have been healed by His great Atoning Sacrifice and want to help others feel this joy too. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Dan
Faith is a belief or hope in Jesus Christ. But it is more than just saying that you have faith in Christ. Indeed, we are told in James 2:20 that "faith without works is dead." To have faith in Christ is seek to follow Him. It is to trust Him and be willing to act on His word. In the Old Testament in Proverbs 3:5 it says, "Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths." I know that when we try to follow the Savior Jesus Christ, He will help us to have faith. We are told in the Book of Mormon, in the book of Alma chapter 34:4, "Yea, even that ye would have so much faith as even to plant the word in your hearts, that ye may try the experiment of its goodness." When we plant the word of Christ in our hearts and experiment upon its truthfulness, I know the Holy Spirit will teach us all things (John 14:26) and your faith will grow. I know these things because I have done them and He has manifested it unto me that they are true. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Dan
A testimony is a personal knowledge or belief of truths. The foundation of all testimonies is Jesus Christ as our Savior and Redeemer. Everything else in the Gospel of Jesus Christ stems from this one belief. Other things that people frequently testify of are Joseph Smith as the prophet of the Restoration, Thomas S. Monson as the living prophet today, the validity of the Book of Mormon and that this, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, is the Lord's restored Church put on the earth today. Sometimes, it is hard to obtain a testimony of the truth. In the Book of Mormon, it says: "And this is not all. Do ye not suppose that I know of these things myself? Behold, I testify unto you that I do know that these things whereof I have spoken are true. And how do ye suppose that I know of their surety? Behold, I say unto you they are made known unto me by the Holy Spirit of God. Behold, I have fasted and prayed many days that I might know these things of myself. And now I do know of myself that they are true; for the Lord God hath made them manifest unto me by his Holy Spirit; and this is the spirit of revelation which is in me." (Alma 5:45-46). This is the manner that anyone can obtain a testimony, or a knowledge, of the truth. When we pray, God will answer us lovingly and honestly (James 1:5). Show more Show less

How do I become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church)?

Dan
Membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints can happen when you are baptized by immersion, then receive the gift of the Holy Ghost and are confirmed a member of the Church. However, before baptism it is important that you understand about the Church. This is where the missionaries come in. Speaking as a missionary of the Church, I know it is a pleasure to teach people about the Church and I love doing it. There is no question that is too simple or too stupid. We, as missionaries, recognize that there are a lot of things that take time to understand completely, but we would love to come and share this message of the Church. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Dan
The Book of Mormon, put simply, is another testament of our Savior, Jesus Christ. It is a record of His dealings with the ancient Americans. Everything in the Book of Mormon and in this Church is focused on Him as our Savior and showing our love for Him by obeying Him. In the Book of Mormon it says, "And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins." (2 Nephi 25:26) This is the purpose of the Book of Mormon, to bring people to know Christ and help them repent and be baptized as members of the Church. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Dan
Temples are beautiful houses of the Lord. Because they are His house, He has declared that only those who have been baptized as members of the Church and are living worthily are permitted to enter after the temple has been dedicated to Him. When we enter the temple, we go seeking to learn more of our God and His truths. Some of the things we learn there are so sacred that we don't talk about them outside of the temple. The work that is performed here prepares people to return to God after death with their families. We also work to help those who died before they had the chance to hear the Gospel. We stand in for those who have died and perform ordinances such as baptism. The work isn't secret so much as it is sacred. In fact, we encourage all people to prepare themselves to enter the Temple of God and partake of the joy and knowledge there. Show more Show less