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Hi I'm Dane

I'm going to be a computer scientist. I'm serving as a missionary. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have always wanted to try new, quirky things. I've tried to juggle, learned magic tricks, and I also enjoy trying new things. I love to be different and try new adventures. I have all kinds of friends and love sharing the gospel. I wanted to know about how movies like Shrek were made, so I took a computer class and since then have been obsessed with computers. I'm no longer heading in that original direction; rather, I get excitement just from writing code and making software work. I've gone to Utah Valley University for 3 years.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in California until I was about 10. From then on I lived in Utah, where I was surrounded by kids with my same values. Eventually I recognized that just because I was born into a church didn't make it true. I needed to find out for myself. When I was 19, I was on a cruise boat going around Mexico. After talking to a friend about his religion, I decided I needed to know for myself the truth. I read sincerely from the Book of Mormon that night while my family was asleep, and I asked God for a prompting from the Holy Ghost whether I was in the right church. When nothing happened, I realized I just wanted God to tell me I was in the right church so that I could be comfortable and not have to change my life. I decided instead to have the attitude of the following: "Heavenly Father, whichever church is right, I will join that church." Then I received that prompting I so desired--that I was in the correct place and that the church was truly His kingdom, once again restored to the earth. I've had that testimony ever since.

How I live my faith

I enjoy hometeaching--where we get assignments from church on people we will visit every month--just to see how they are doing and helping them receive the gospel. As I serve these people I love them and feel awesome. I also try to tell my friends about the gospel and share the story of Joseph Smith's vision. I have a strong testimony that he really saw Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. As I face different challenges constantly, I gain strength from prayer, patience, and diligent study.

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Dane
If anyone could baptize anyone, there would be no order in the kingdom of God. The one performing the baptism will not necessarily make the person being baptized aware of what covenants they are making, what they have to keep doing, and what baptism truly is. This leaves so much room for corruption. It has made so much sense to me that God wants His servants to baptize, because when it is performed with his authority, his stamp of approval can seal the baptism. Show more Show less