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Hi I'm Dan

I live in Arizona. I'm a father of 5, and a physical therapist. I enjoy family, exercise, and reading. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a father of five who likes to work hard and play hard. I enjoy spending time with my children, going on dates with my wife, and occasionally relaxing from it all! I am a physical therapist and enjoy seeing others get back to "normal" life after struggling through physical and emotional challenges. It's an inspiration to me and I find it lifts me up and gives me the desire to make the most of life each day.

Why I am a Mormon

Well, I guess I'm partly a Mormon because my parents were too. I grew up in a family that all went to church every week and taught the gospel of Jesus Christ from an early age. When I was 16, I began to have some very real and difficult personal challenges, and I really had to decide for myself if I wanted to continue to live the teachings my parents had taught me or go another way. I decided to study for myself and see if it would really make that much of a difference in my life. I started to read each day from the Book of Mormon. At the time, I was very discouraged about life in general, and felt very hopeless. As I started to read, I began to feel something different. I read about how Jesus Christ had atoned for the sins of mankind. I guess I didn't really understand everything I read, but it was more the feeling that I had when I was reading than it was understanding everything. First, I felt a realization that my life wasn't really in a place that was in unity with what the Lord wanted. I felt a desire to change--to make myself better. I guess there was even guilt involved there, but it motivated me to change. As I continued this process, I began to feel even stronger love from the Savior. I began to feel impressions that He knew what I was feeling and that despite the mistakes I had made, He still loved me. I also began to feel a much greater peace and happiness than I had felt for years. I started to realize how selfish I had been and started to think about others and how I could help them. I listened more to my parents and others who were trying to help me. The more I learned about the gospel of Jesus Christ, the more I knew in my heart that it was not only true, but the only way I was going to experience true happiness and achieve all of the goals that I wanted in my life. I realized after about 2 years of studying that truly what I had been taught my whole life really WAS the truth, and it has continued to bless my life every day for the past 20 years.

How I live my faith

I have the opportunity of serving with some of the leadership in our local unit of the church. It is a chance to see how much they truly are concerned for the welfare of individuals. Even though they are responsible for thousands of people, they are concerned about helping people one individual at a time. I also have a chance to serve others regularly with projects the local unit puts together. I get to know families in my unit that I can visit with regularly to see how they are doing and if they need help with anything. I have had past opportunities to teach young people in the church, from ages 12 to 22 and see how the gospel of Jesus Christ helps them deal with the challenges of the world we live in today. But I think that really I live my faith the most by how I live my personal life each day. I pray with and read scriptures with my wife and children daily, and do the same for myself. And I try to live the commandments Christ gave us in the scriptures and through prophets in our day. I don't swear, and I don't lie. I try to treat others the way Christ did. And although I am not perfect, I know that Christ's grace can help me with my weaknesses if I turn to him and do the best I can.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Dan
I think what we teach about this is often misunderstood by others. The grace of Christ is a power that he grants to us to do something that we otherwise could not do of our own power. Nobody, no matter how hard they try, can save themselves. The grace of Christ is necessary for salvation. It is His merits that save us. I know this because of personal experience. He has done something that no other person could do. He can give us strength and power that nobody else can. It is a gift from Him, given freely to those who seek it earnestly. Show more Show less