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Hi I'm Daniel

I'm a Mormon. I am studying Health Physics, the science of radiation protection, and love American Football.

About Me

I grew up in a loving family of 7. I have a mother and a father that really love us. I have 3 brothers and one sister. I am happily in the middle. I graduated in Applied Physics from the University of Utah, and I am now studying Health Physics at another state. I want to work with radiation, a tool that helps us to do much good, but can be harmful if not properly used, like so many other tools. To start my schooling I had to set aside some good situations. I was working as a quality control analyst for a pharmaceutical company, living in a good neighborhood, and having a great time. But, I was also wedged into my comfort zone. You need to set your comfort aside to grow and improve, and I opted to do so to pursue a graduate degree. My hobbies include hiking, reading, cycling, and running. I'm trying to learn to love running, because it's good for you. I've really enjoyed hiking. Since I grew up in Utah I have had access to many trails to explore and enjoy. I also enjoy taking road trips. Over the past few years. I usually try to visit the national parks and important museums and other research areas. I've traveled up the west coast, up to Glacier National Park, and out to Rocky Mountain National Park. During these trips I've also visited some fantastic museums and scientific areas. There are so many exciting places and things to discover.

Why I am a Mormon

I am very fortunate and blessed in my life. I was born and raised with the gospel in my life. My parents always loved and helped us. They showed my siblings and myself how to conduct ourselves and a more excellent way to live. We had regular family dinners, family activities, and lots of family support. Their example helped prepare us for the various challenges of life. They also taught us early on to read and enjoy the scriptures. Nearly every evening after eating dinner we would read scriptures together. We also would pray together as a family every evening. My parents would give us a hug every night and tell us that they love us. As a result, I had the scriptures and the words of God's prophets in my life from early on. However, for many words it was not yet my choice to follow the church. There have been many experiences that I've had that made it my choice. One experience that stands out occurred when I was 14 years old. My youth group went on an exciting week long bicycle trek through the back country of southern Utah. We started at the Utah/ Colorado border, and went west until we reached Arches National Park. It was an exceptionally beautiful, and rather tiring trek. When we finally made it to Arches we climbed and played around the park. As the day progressed we found an arch that we could climb. Once we were on top of the arch the view of the landscape opened up before us. We saw storms in the distance, arches in many locations, and other wonders. As I saw this beautiful scenery I realized that there is a God. It wasn't just a thought in my mind. It was a strong feeling also. I knew that what I was feeling was right. That we really do have a Father in Heaven. It was at this point that I really started making my belief my own. Since then I have studied and learned. I now know that God lives, that He calls prophets, and that the key of happiness is in being righteous.

How I live my faith

I have had many jobs for the church in my life. I have been a missionary in Central Illinois, I have been a clerk for my local congregation (ward), and I have helped with the family history effort. I am currently in a ward for young single adults at my university. My job for this ward is a group leader for family home evening. Family home evening is a weekly program where families in the church get together and spend time together. Since single adults don't have that they need to get together for these family home evening activities. My job is to help prepare for each week. Usually it involves having someone from my group teach a lesson, say a prayer, and bring a treat for everyone. I also worship at the temple when I can. The temple is a sacred location where we are able to get closer to God. It is one of the most important parts of being a latter day saint. It is here that we help others who have died to receive what is needed for them to be able to be saved. We believe that if a person did not have a chance to learn of Christ and be baptized in this life, that God loves them enough that they have another chance in the next life. So, working and worshiping at the temple is a major part of how I live my faith. I also try to find ways to serve. The church is a very active faith in trying to help the poor and to serve others who need help. We truly believe that it doesn't matter how you talk if you do not go out and apply it. Action is vital. Serving others is everything. And, there are so many who need help, and I have been given much, so I must give.

What is the First Vision?

Daniel
The first vision is one of the most important events to have happened in human history. Joseph Smith, who was a young man at the time, had many questions about religion. There were many arguments and debates taking place around him. He wanted to know who was right and who was wrong. After much study and consideration Joseph Smith decided the only way to get an answer was to ask God. So, one spring morning in early 1820 he went and prayed. As a result, he saw two personages (person-like beings) who stood above him in the air. They were God the Father and Jesus Christ the Son. They instructed him and informed him that he was to join none of the churches. The First Vision was one of the few times that Heavenly Father himself has come to the earth. The restoration of truth was that important. It was the beginning of restoring God's church to Earth. This restoration could only happen with revelation, which the first vision set the tone with. Show more Show less