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Hi I'm Daniel

I'm a theater enthusiast. I'm a student. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I recently finished my service as a full-time missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, devoting two years of my life to serving and teaching the fantastic people of, in my case, Costa Rica. I love this work and the Gospel I still have the opportunity to share. I love the theater. I'm an actor, an aspiring director, a production designer... yep. There are few feelings as thrilling to me as being on the stage. I also love literature. Shakespeare, Dumas, Laroux, Dickens... classic stuff like that. Not that some of the books from these days aren't any good, the classics just have something... extra for me. I've done a lot of work with kids (with a lot of family members in education, you kind of have no choice) and love being able to help them make their lives the best they can be. I actually got to combine my work with kids and my love for theater a few years ago when I directed an elementary school's play and it was one of the best experiences I've had. I hope to continue teaching now that I am home from my mission.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born in this church (in Utah, to boot), so I grew up thinking that everything about this church and this Gospel was kind of a given. I knew (and KNOW) that what I was being taught was true, or at least i thought I did back then. When I was 14, our prophet (President Gordon B. Hinckley at the time) challenged the members of the Church to read the Book of Mormon cover to cover and pray about it as they are admonished in Moroni 10: 3-5 at the end of the book. I did just that. It took from the first weekend of April to Christmas Eve for me to do it, but I eventually made it. I knelt and I prayed to know FOR MYSELF that the Book of Mormon (and by extent, the entire Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints) was true. I immediately felt an innate peace, followed by the thought coming to my mind, clear and strong: "This book and this Church are TRUE." I will never forget that experience that Christmas Eve years ago, nor will I forget or deny the knowledge I have gained for myself. It's why I'm on a mission now: to help other people come to this realization and be as happy as I now am. One can't really be happy without it.

How I live my faith

I recently returned from serving as a full-time missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the Costa Rica San Jose Mission. I live my faith by still really striving to be the representative of Jesus Christ that missionaries are supposed to be, but now as a member-missionary. There's a scripture in Timothy that I love where Paul encourages Timothy to be ''an example of the believers''. What a wonderful creed. I try to do that. Real religion isn't something that you just put on with your Sunday clothes. It's a way of life. That's something I love about this church. We don't just go. We LIVE. We live in a world where a lot of things that are wrong are passed off as okay. Moral standards hardly exist anymore. People do horrible things to their own bodies, which aren't really even theirs, without a second thought. The world's new motto is "Thou shalt do whatever you want; just don't get caught." In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, we have not changed our standards, nor will we. People thinking that the standards we live by are strange or restrictive doesn't make it okay to ignore them. They are not of men, but of God; and God does not change. Nor should we.

What is faith?

Daniel
Faith is showing by your WORKS that you believe in God and Jesus Christ and what they teach. My mission president put it this way: Faith in general is believing that something is possible, but Faith in Jesus Christ is knowing that if we DO what he says, everything will turn out ok. It's like what James says in the Bible. Faith without works is dead. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Daniel
No member of the Church is forced to serve as a missionary. We are all volunteers who choose to leave our homes for 18 months to 2 years. We believe in the Lord's desire that His Gospel reach everyone, and we want to be a part of it. Show more Show less