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Hi I'm Dan

I'm from South Florida, I am studying Social work and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a student at the University of Central Florida, studying Social Work. I served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Ventura, California. My mission made me think about what I wanted to do for the rest of my life and I decided I wanted to be out among people, connecting with them and helping to make a difference. This decision led me to my current major. Being on a large college campus it is easy to get caught up with friends, parties, and the desire to be a part of something. My faith helps me separate the truly positive aspects of the world from the misleading ideas society has. My belief in Jesus Christ helps me realize that families, service, and improvement are the things that really matter and provide true happiness. While I experience this true happiness I find time to show a little razzle dazzle on the basketball court, engage in sarcastic humor, and enjoy conversations about how Batman is the greatest superhero in the world.

Why I am a Mormon

I have grown up a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, but a common phrase is our church resonates with me; everyone needs to become converted to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Critics like to say that Mormons are brainwashed, especially those that grew up in the church and they don't know any better. I would like to submit two ideas. The first is that if I am brainwashed to be the best person possible, while respecting others and trying to influence the world for good then what's the problem with being brainwashed? The second is that while I may have adhered to the rules of the religion when I was younger simply because I was told this is certainly not the case now. I am twenty three years old, live on my own, and have access to a community of 50,000 plus young, pleasure seeking people. No one forces me to live the commandments, or to go to church. I'm a Mormon because I have experienced happiness from what the Church teaches. I have read the Book of Mormon, I pray and I have felt the Holy Ghost. I have received ideas that were clearly not my own and felt feelings that were more than emotion. More important than being "Mormon", I am a follower of Jesus Christ. I just want to follow truth, because that is what yields results. And the truth is that Jesus Christ operates through the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saint nicknamed the Mormon church. Therefore the name doesn't really matter, but if the truth is labeled as Mormon, then I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I live my Faith by constantly trying to be better. I try to look towards the ultimate example of Jesus Christ and strive to develop the personality traits he has. Church attendance and volunteer work help remind me that I need to do more and give me the opportunity to practice. I have an assignment to help the members of my congregation share their beliefs with everyone they know. Energetic people who have recently been baptized help me with my goals and strengthen my resolve to be a good example. They even come up with cool ideas, like fly t-shirts. Church is True!