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Hi I'm Daniel

I grew up in the South. I feel like I'm an okay guy. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

First off, I am the second of six kids in my family. My family is definitely one of the greatest sources of happiness in my life - joking, laughing, playing, singing, working, or just watching a movie together as a family have made great memories for me. I really enjoy the outdoors - a consequence of growing up in the South. I love hiking, biking, camping, rafting, canoeing, backpacking, rock climbing, tree climbing, swimming, running, and all sports, though I may not be terribly good at them. While sometimes it's great to hit the couch and relax, I generally enjoy being outside and staying active. I went to Brigham Young University for a year before heading out on a mission to Irvine, California. I absolutely loved the college experience. The people I met there and the things that I learned made a great impact on my life for good. I started my major as biology, my favorite subject, though we'll see how things pan out in the end. Whatever my major will end up being, I plan on pursuing the highest education possible. Learning, both spiritual and secular, is a big part of my life, and I enjoy it immensely. At the moment I am a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving in the Irvine California Mission. This experience has definitely been the fastest period of learning in my life. The people I have met and the things I have seen have strengthened me and provided a base for me to build my entire future upon.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon by default, mostly because my parents have been practicing Mormons ever since they were little, and so on for a few more generations. Despite my very Mormon heritage, I had to come to a decision of whether or not to stick with the faith that I was raised in. To make this big decision, I needed help from the only Person I know who has all the answers: Heavenly Father. At the time, I was struggling with the fact that He would even answer me. After many prayers, I finally took the time to listen. In the depths of my very being, I felt a confirmation of the truths I had been taught by my parents and church leaders. This is a knowledge imparted to me from God. I know it, and I know it independent of any other person. In my excitement at this newfound confirmation, I changed in the deepest sense of the word. I came to know that Jesus Christ is my personal Savior. My experience made me desire to come in closer harmony with Jesus Christ's teachings. I thoroughly researched the principles of this Church, and I discovered they furthered my conviction and strengthened my testimony. Over the course of these studies, I gained many witnesses from the Holy Ghost that the Book of Mormon is true. I continue to have similar experiences as I turn to God for answers. As I continue to receive blessings according to the promises contained in the gospel, I remain convinced that this path is the one that leads to lasting happiness and peace and is the path that I need to continue on.

How I live my faith

I strive to live my faith first and foremost by living in accordance with Jesus Christ's teachings. Right now, I have the privilege of being a full-time missionary, which service includes teaching others the good news of the gospel and inviting them to live it, as well as rendering community service to those in need. I also have the particular assignment to serve the Chinese people of Southern California, so I live my faith by trying to learn their language and culture and then meet their needs to the best of my abilities. Outside of my missionary assignment, I try to be the best brother, son, and friend that I can be. I find that so many things that are rewarding in my life come from these relationships that I have with others.