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Hi I'm Dani

I love to laugh and have fun. I love volleyball, snowboarding, and swimming. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love life despite all it's challenges! I am a Type 1 Diabetic and I have Celiac Disease. These medical issues have been quite a challenge for me, but they have also allowed me to see how intimately my Father in Heaven knows me and gives me challenges that will help me grow and develop faith. I am currently serving as a full time missionary in the Colorado Fort Collins Mission. I love the Lord and I am so grateful for the opportunity to serve Him every day. There is nothing more important than learning to put the Lord first in our lives, I am still a long way from knowing exactly how to do this well, but I am trying hard. I love to read. If I pick up a good book, I usually can't make myself put it down until I have finished it. I play volleyball and soccer and I love to swim. I love being outside and seeing all the wonderfully beautiful things God has given us. I especially love the forest. Snowboarding is one of my favorite thrills. Before I came on my mission, I graduated from BYU-Idaho with my degree in Child Development. I love children and helping them discover the world. Spending time with my family and friends is one of the most meaningful and important things to me, especially after being on my mission.

Why I am a Mormon

I am not Mormon because it is what I was raised to do, I am Mormon because it is what makes me happy. I grew up in a very small town, which I hated. I often felt unwanted and unloved. By the time I was in high school the person I really am was hidden under a mask of anger and cynicism. It wasn't until I moved nearly 1000 miles away from everything that I knew that I was able to find out what I really wanted and who I really was. Living on my own and going to college was when my testimony of the church really started to grow. Being a member of this church is not just being a part of a group, but it is a way of life, and it is a life that I love. The principles and doctrines taught here do nothing but improve my life. Learning of my Savior, Jesus Christ, has helped me learn to love myself and be the person that I have always longed to be. Living the gospel has truly set me free- free from anger; free from doubts, depression and despair; free to love and find joy in life. Being Mormon is not always easy. I make mistakes every day. But I know that no matter what happens, this is where I belong, and this is where I want to be. God loves me. Christ loves me. I love them, and I am trying my best to be like them.

How I live my faith

I am currently serving as a full time missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Colorado Fort Collins Mission. I am so excited and blessed to have to opportunity to serve the Lord with all that I have. It isn't easy, and I still have so much to learn, but the Lord is with me as I am His representative to bring His word to the world. There is no work better than what I am doing now.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Dani
The second commandment, second only to loving God, is loving our neighbors as our selves. Our neighbors include every person out there that we may come in contact with. The Savior has asked us to love and serve and help everyone, regardless of their religion, occupation, race, nationality, or social status. I am currently serving my mission in Colorado, and we were hit with some terrible floods. The missionaries and members have spent countless hours going and digging mud out of people's houses, moving debris, washing walls, and rebuilding fences and homes. Many of the people we were helping were not members of the church. We have even spent time helping other churches to get back on their feet. It doesn't matter that they are not members of our church, they are children of God and we love them and we want to help them as best we can. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Dani
No member of the church is forced to serve a mission. It is not a requirement that makes members eligible for more opportunities in the church. Serving a mission is something that we are blessed to be able to do, and it is often times expected that we will serve, but ultimately it is the choice of the individual. Many members do not serve full time missions and are still active and involved in the church organization. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Dani
One of the things I love most about the Mormon lifestyle is that our leaders never force us to believe anything, and they never ask us to take their word that something is true. We are taught that we can know the truth of all things if we pray and ask our Father in Heaven. Of course, it requires a little work, to study things out, research and learn what we can, but we can pray to ask God if Mormonism, or any principle taught in the church, is true. God will answer you through our thoughts and feelings through the power of the Holy Ghost. I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon) is true because I did that very thing for myself. I feel the Holy Ghost confirming truths every morning when I am studying my scriptures and when I attend church every Sunday. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Dani
The whole goal of the members of the Mormon church is to repent and change our lives so that we can become more like our Savior, Jesus Christ. We are all trying to follow the example that Jesus Christ set while He was on the earth and to do what He would have us do. He is the center of our church and we try to make Him the center of our lives. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Dani
Being a Mormon is wonderful. I have learned that being a Mormon is a lot of hard work. It's not something we do, but truly someone we become, a way of life. We try our best to become the people God wants us to be and to live as Christ lived. The church is the way that God has provided for us to accomplish that and as I live the principles that I am taught I find fulfillment, joy, peace, and confidence. Show more Show less