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Hi I'm Danny

I'm a student at ASU. I grew up in Mesa Arizona. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Although I was born in the Church, my parents divorced when I was 4. I grew up knowing the basics of the Church, but after the divorce, we went inactive for several years. While in school, I was told very condescending things from both students and teachers alike because of my ethnicity and the area where I lived, and my weight. Regardless, I treated everyone fairly and equally. I was always the out going one and always had good uplifting friends, even though I was not active. At the age of 10, the missionaries stopped by my house one evening looking to talk with my parents. My mom (who at the time was working two jobs in order to provide for the family) was not home, but we sat on the porch for an hour and a half. This is where my journey began...

Why I am a Mormon

As I began listening to the missionaries discussions and reading the Book of Mormon, I knew in my heart that this was where I needed to be. My mother and step-father were happy that I was expanding my knowledge of religion and wanted me to progress, yet they did not want to be a part of it. After a few visits from the missionaries, they extended the invitation for me to go to church the following Sunday. Of course I said yes! I did not have any church clothing or something similar, so I dressed in a polo shirt and that Sunday I walked to Church on my own. The meeting was excellent! After the block was over, I walked across the street again, and made my way back home. That same day, a member of the ward came to my house and gave me my first white shirt and tie. This was a blessing because my family did not have the money to purchase it. This pattern continued for about a year before I was baptized. After my baptism, I was the only member of my immediate family actively attending church. Both my older sisters had moved out and where living their own ways of life, outside of the church. Again, and again.. Sunday after Sunday... I walked myself to church. My faith paid off. As of today, my mother is reactivated in the church, my step-father was baptized and married to my mother. I had the opportunity to baptize my younger brother. Both my older sisters are reactivated in the church and are married to worthy spouses. This all began with a meek 10 year old child who walked every Sunday to church, because he believed that families can be eternal.

How I live my faith

I now serve in my church by home teaching and visiting families. I sing in the ward choir and institute choir as a 2nd bass. I am now preparing to serve a full-time mission for the Church so I may bless the lives of others by extending the invitation for all to come unto Christ, just as missionaries came to my home and changed my family for the better.