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Hi I'm Daniel

I'm originally from Guayaquil, Ecuador. I'm currently serving a mission for the Lord. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My favorite thing to do is to learn. I'm constantly learning about people, places and things. If I'm at the library and I'm presented with a choice of reading a Biology book, a book on medieval history and a suspense novel I'll take all of them. I love to read, watch movies and engage in other media whether it be educational or merely entertaining. I've often been involved in the arts such as acting, singing, dancing, making movies and writing stories. If at all possible, I hope to spend the rest of my life doing that and working in the industry were my respective talents can most be used. I love to travel. I love people. I hope to also spend the rest of my life helping people come to know who they really are inside and what that means in the eternal scheme of things. I usually surround myself with people and places I've never been to and things that I've never experienced. I'm currently serving a mission which accomplishes a few of my dreams in one. I hope to return home and be once again involved in music and the arts. I play the trombone for one, and I'm hoping to learn piano and guitar. Acting has always been one of my interests and entertaining other has always been in my list of things to do because I enjoy making people laugh and having things not be so serious all the time. In fact, I do impressions of famous people and others that my current group can relate to. Just to make them laugh! I feel laughter really is the best medicine. Well, second best.

Why I am a Mormon

Well, that's because the gospel of Jesus Christ is THE BEST medicine! I feel like this life isn't all there is to see, that there's so much more out there and even within us than we'll ever realize in this life. That's why I surround myself with people and want them to reach their full potential as I do mine. I wasn't always that way. When I was younger, I often felt apart from others and victimized in some cases. I wondered why some things happened to me. Why did I have to deal with these things? Is there some great reward in store for dealing well with these challenges? Or, is it all punishment for bad behavior? And if so, what bad behavior could I possibly be being punished for? I didn't know everything! I didn't know much about being good, so how could I know if I was doing something wrong? I had always known that there is a God. I don't know if that's something that we as people are born with but I always felt that, ever since I can remember there was an all-powerful being watching over me and trying to help me. I didn't always know if this Church and this gospel were true even though my parents taught it to me ever since I could understand basic facets about the plan of salvation, the gospel of Jesus Christ and the commandments that God has given us. I wanted to know. I was tired of not understanding certain things and I just wanted to know. I still don't know everything and I don't claim to, but I know enough. After reading some passages in the Book of Mormon, I would ask God periodically in prayer if what my parents had taught me all my life and if what I was reading was true. The answer came gradually, not immediately. My faith had to be tried. But when it came, it was an obvious realization. This made sense. It's the best way to live. I realized I wasn't being punished. It's all part of life and we learn from trials and mistakes. That's the best gift God gives us, making us better than we ever thought we could be. In short, I was healed.

How I live my faith

Right now, I get up every morning at 6:30 a.m. and get ready to go out and testify to the people God has chosen for me to find that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world, that the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ is the Word of God and that Joseph Smith has been his Prophet in these latter days. I do it, not because I'm forced but because at this time in my life it's the only intelligent thing to do. I know that there is a Prophet on the earth today and through him, God has called me to serve as a missionary in this part of the world. I have seen people be transformed from desperation and sadness, to happiness and hope through living the basic teachings of this gospel. We teach old and young, male and female, and any race in existence because we are all God's children and as such, we are brothers and sisters. Because there are people out there that are sincerely yearning for God, I can be an instrument in His hands to find them and teach them that He is here and this is what they have to do and how they have to live to find Him and be with Him so that they can be happy. That is why I do it, because it is my calling and it brings me happiness to know that other people can have this same happiness I experience. In a very short time I will be released from my mission but I plan on continuing my life always in this gospel for the same reason that it makes me happy! When I return I plan on still reading the scriptures, the Bible, the Book of Mormon, other latter-day scriptures and the revelations of the latter-day prophets for they are they Word of God and teach us how to live every day. I sincerely look for ways to help others even when it would be inconvenient to me or I don't want to do it initially. I won't and don't lower my standards for a specific activity just because it's "not that bad" or "no one's gonna know". I go to church every Sunday because it gives me the opportunity to recharge my spiritual, emotional and physical batteries.