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Hi I'm Danelle!!!

Born and raised in Washington State, I have unique a passion for beauty in art, theater, culinary and music. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I'm currently a second-year student at a local community college. I'm planning on earning my Associates degree in Fine Arts, then transferring to BYU Idaho. I love to do anything creative. I'm also a fan of Japanese Anime and Manga.

Why I am a Mormon

Growing up, Religion was always been a part of my life, and as such, there have been many times that I've wondered why I'm a Mormon. Throughout my childhood, I never felt any special attachment to the name; Mormonism was simply a part of my life. As I got older and began to question myself, I became confused, scared, and even angry. I didn't know what kind of person I wanted to be, or if activity in the church was going to help me get there. I've looked back on all the experiences I've had as a Mormon, and realized that the people who practice this religion, with the true intent of representing Jesus Christ, are some of the happiest and most productive people I know. This Church really makes me- makes everyone feel like they're worth something, that they can reach a tremendous potential, and it's taught me how to be a genuine friend to others, regardless of what their own beliefs and desires are. The world is often dark, confusing and frightening. Sometimes we feel like it's just not worth it. Sometimes we feel like we're just not good enough for anything. But this fundamental truth remains: that human souls are all essentially the same, containing every potential for good, and that potential is something that can never be taken away. It is our responsibility in this life to find that potential in ourselves, and to help build it up in others. This is how we find light, truth, and happiness.

How I live my faith

I try to be a Christ-like example however I can. Making this profile is part of that. :) I've had lots of service opportunities organized by the church that I never would have participated in otherwise. This has drawn me into charity, and fostered a passion for discussions about the church, in the hope of giving insight into what we believe, why we do what we do, and how it fills our lives with joy.

What is faith?

To have faith is to “hope for things which are not seen, which are true” (see Book of Mormon, Alma 32:21 and Hebrews 11:1). It is the foundation of any testimony. Having faith in God means more than simply believing he exists, it's also trusting that he knows what's best for us and how we can be happy. Faith is comparable to a seed; if you feed your faith with study, prayer, and charity, it will grow and blossom, but if you do not, it will likely wither and die. (See Alma 32:28-43 for more.) Show more Show less

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

“People inquire about our position on those who consider themselves so-called gays and lesbians. My response is that we love them as sons and daughters of God. They may have certain inclinations which are powerful and which may be difficult to control. Most people have inclinations of one kind or another at various times. If they do not act upon these inclinations, then they can go forward as do all other members of the Church... We want to help these people, to strengthen them, to assist them with their problems and to help them with their difficulties. But we cannot stand idle if they indulge in immoral activity... To permit such would be to make light of the very serious and sacred foundation of God-sanctioned marriage and its very purpose, the rearing of families" -Gordon B Hinckley, former prophet of the Church. (Nov. 1998) My closest friend recently informed me of his decision to explore homosexuality. While I don't approve of his decision, our friendship has continued utterly undeterred. Mormons believe in a common respect and understanding for all human rights, however, we retain our own right to practice and uphold our own beliefs, which are derived from the bible's laws against homosexuality. We believe that men and women were created differently so that they may work together, completing each other, in order to create and raise families. Show more Show less