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Hi I'm Daniel

I love music, my family and I love to travel. School keeps me very busy and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a full time college student and almost all my classes are physics or music related, and I love it. I am a physics major, violin minor and I hope to go to medical school one day and maybe be an ER doctor. I also teach violin, viola, bass, piano, and I do physics deomnstrations in elementary schools and I get a kick out of all of it. I love to hike and swim. I can't do those two things enough. I love to travel especially to wet warm places. I served a two year mission in Paraguay for the Church of Jesus Christ of Later Day Saints and learned to speak Spanish fluently. I also learned a little Guarani and I can greet people in Nivacle. I love to learn and speak different languages and I am trying to build up the courage to learn Chinese. I love to catch things, especially reptiles. I love my family and I love being the oldest and having a bunch of stinkly little brothers and sisters to play with.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church, as they say. I was baptized when I was eight, which is normal of someone raised in the church, and I always did what was asked of me. I choose to continue in the church because as I followed the teachings that I learned growing up I lived a happy and safe life style, and I learned through experience little by little that the Church of Jesus Christ of Later Day Saints is completely true. I have no doubt about that. As a phycisist, a very young and inexperienced physicist, I trust the laws of physics from testing and experience. In short I use the scientific method. That is the same way I trust the teachings of Chirst and His church. I've learned them and tested them and have benifeted from the them. In both physics and religion I can't explain everything, but I cannot deny the truth of the Church of Jesus Chirst of Latter Day Saints anymore than I can deny the laws of physics.

How I live my faith

At this moment in time I am serving as the church building representative, which I feel is a fancy title for church janitor. I basically help clean the building. It isn't the first time I have been asked to do something that I initially felt was beneath me. Once, in Paraguay, when performing a task that I felt was particularly pathetic and below my personal abilities I saw a painting of Christ being baptized. I reflected on how He, a perfect being, choose to come to Earth and perform the most lowly and humiliating tasks, and ultimately die for me. It was a truly humbling experience. From that moment I have tried to follow the example of Christ with more zeal and do things, big and small, the way He would. Through the years I've learned that no calling of God, no act of charity however small and simple it may be, is insignificant or beneath me. God directs my life for the better, and if I do what He wants me to, no matter how strange it may be, I am better and happy person.

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Daniel
Baprisms for the dead, or being baptized on behalf of a deceased person, is very special to me. I believe the Bible when it says that a man must be baptized to enter into the Kingdom of God, and I think of the billions of people who, through no fault of their own, never had an oppurtunity to be baptized. I am very happy that I can be baptized in behalf of my forfathers, and others who never had a the oppurtunity that I did to be baptized, so that they too can return to live with God forever. Of course these deceased persons have the right to choose weather to accept the baptism and reject it. Baptisms for the dead is not about forcing people to become something they are not, but only to give them the oppurtunity to do something they could not do on their own. Show more Show less

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

Daniel
Hopefully they answer the questions that are important to you. They will not argue or debate, but they are willing and able to answer any questions that you may have about God, and His plan for you. They can help you answer many important questions such as: why does God allow suffering in the world, what will happen to us after death, what does God expect of me, what is the purpose of life, how can I live with my family and with those I love forever, and many other questions. I know that whatever they talk about it will help you draw nearer to God. Show more Show less