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Hi I'm Danielle Urness

I'm a missionary for the Mormon Church. I'm an equine enthusiast, long boarder, snowboarder, and the 1st of 9 in a split family.

About Me

I am a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and I am serving in the Fort Collins, Colorado Mission! And trust me, serving a mission is nothing I thought it would be, it's so much better! Before I served a mission, I attended Boise State University and studied Sports Journalism (I love football and adore watching it). I also worked as a skate tech and as a salesperson for Bath and Body Works. When I return home, I would love to study either to be an EMT or an Equine Veterinary Technician. I try to live my life remembering that no one is perfect, including myself, so I have no right to judge anyone. Life is such a beautiful thing, and it should not be wasted by nit-picking every little thing. Go with what God gives you, and I know He will lead us to happiness.

Why I am a Mormon

Though I was born into this church, it hasn't kept me from my own conversion. Everyone has to find the Savior on their own at some point in time in their lives. A few years ago, I had certain experiences that changed the way I was feeling about the church. I wasn't quite sure where I stood. It was during this time that I decided to recieve my patriarchal blessing; a blessing that I know is a very personal message coming straight from Heavenly Father. It was when I was recieving the blessing that I truely felt the Lord's love for me; how much He wanted to help me return to Him when I die. I learned that the Lord never leaves us alone and He wants to help us as much as we will let Him. As long as we are willing to let Him into our lives and we continue to do the small and simple things, like praying daily and reading the word of God (Old Testament, New Testament, Book of Mormon, Pearl of Great Price, Doctrine and Covenants, and modern revelation), He will take us by the hand and lead us where He knows we will be the happiest. And that's all the Lord wants for us is to be happy. Yes, He will give us what seems like unbearable trials, but the Lord will always give us the tools and help to come out on top. God never gives us more than we can handle with His help. So far on my mission, I have seen people endure things that seem so unfair, but I know that through Christ, all that is unfair in life can be understood. Our Father in Heaven is a God of mercy, of promise, of love. He loves me and I know He loves you because you are His child.

How I live my faith

First things first; I believe that faith is an action. Therefore, in order to be faithful, I need to live what I believe. So I strive to live how our Savior, Jesus Christ, lived. After all, He is the perfect example. I find myself continually making changes in my life to become a better person in the Lord's eyes. That's what this life is all about; changing to be like our Father in Heaven so we can one day live with Him again. When we change our ways to follow Christ, we are changed by His grace. I may not be perfect, and I know I won't be in this life, but as long as I am trying, I will be a key instrument in the Lords hands to bring people to a knowledge of His restored gospel, which, honestly, is what matters most to Him. I want to bring people to the knowledge of this wonderful truth- the exact same Gospel that Jesus Christ Himself organized on the earth is here AGAIN simply because a young boy asked the right question; "Which church should I join?". I know that Joseph Smith really was a prophet of God, and that Thomas S. Monson is God's prophet that lives on the earth with us today. I know the Book of Mormon is true and I read it every day so I can come closer to my Savior and Father in Heaven. I am so grateful for it and the Bible, because I know that together, they testify of the reality of our loving Heavenly Father and of His Son, Jesus Christ. I know I am a child of God, and that He loves me and wants me to return to Him again, and because of the restored gospel, I have learned how to really access the Atonement through faith, repentance, baptism, receiving the Gift of the Holy Ghost, and enjoying to the end!

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

Danielle Urness
The main reason that missionaries, like myself, want to visit people in their homes, is to show them that our Father in Heaven has restored His Gospel on the Earth through a modern day prophet, Joseph Smith. We want to share with as many people as possible that because God loves us so much, He sent His Only Begotten Son to Earth to experience life, be a perfect example, and die for our sins. It is because of our Savior that we can some to our Father in prayer and ask for forgiveness of our shortcomings. But the Atonement was not only for our sins. Christ felt every pain, heartache, sense of guilt, trial, anger, and even disappointment that we would ever feel in our lives. He loves us perfectly because He knows exactly what we are going through. I love my Savior, and as a missionary as well as member of the church, I want to share this wonderful message so my brothers and sisters in Christ can come to feel of God's perfect love for them. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Danielle Urness
Heavenly Father has never intended for His children to have hidden motives behind serving those who truly desire to follow Christ and learn of His gospel. If the clergy in the church are paid, then it defies all that God has intended because leaders would seek rank and status for monetary gain, rather then to magnify the Priesthood and Love of the Lord Jesus Christ. By magnifying the Priesthood, leaders of the church strive to do things that are in harmony with the teachings of Jesus Christ and the glorify the Father. The people of the church are not perfect in all they do, but the Gospel is true, and we all do our best to become like our Savior. As we serve others without the expectation of payment, we learn to love others and help them carry their burdens. Even missionaries aren't paid! We pay our own way out in the mission field! Show more Show less