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Hi I'm Daniel Anderson

I love technology, donuts are amazing, I'm a ninja, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the oldest of five children in my family. I grew up in and have spent almost my entire life so far living in Mesa, Arizona. I graduated from high school with honors and attended the Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering at Arizona State University studying computer science for one year prior to leaving on a two-year mission in the church. Most of my time was devoted to school, work, hanging out with my friends, assisting my younger siblings with their homework, and playing video games. I have participated in a wide variety of sports including: football, baseball, basketball, swimming, track and field, cross country, tennis, gymnastics, golf, and fencing (some I stuck with longer than others). I also love ultimate frisbee, ping pong, snowboarding, playing pool, and hiking. Some of my hobbies include drawing (although I'm not very good), playing sports, performing street magic, experimenting in the kitchen (especially with desserts), programming and fixing computers, and I have recently been learning to play the piano!

Why I am a Mormon

I am so grateful to be a member of Christ's church on the earth today. I do not know where or what kind of person I would be today without having the gospel in my life. I know with a surety, that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the only true and living church on the earth today. I know this not because someone has told me, but because I have read and sincerely prayed to know if the Book of Mormon is true. Through living the commandments, reading from the Bible and the Book of Mormon, and through listening to the words of our living prophet today, I have drawn closer to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I strive to live the standards of the gospel and to follow the perfect example that Jesus Christ set for me as best I can. By so doing, I have been blessed tremendously, and have felt God's love wash over me. It's not easy, but I don't have to struggle through the vicissitudes of this mortal life on my own. I am blessed to be part of a loving family who cares for and watches out for me. I have been raised and taught from a very young age to believe in Christ and to rely on him. As my life has progressed, this 'belief' has become a reality as I have prayed for and received guidance and help in my own personal life. I am truly grateful for my membership in the church and am a better person because of it.

How I live my faith

I strive to continually improve myself. Rather than simply expressing that I have a belief in Christ, I endeavor to follow him and live his teachings. My goal is to become more like the Savior and develop the attributes that he showed towards others during his life here on earth. I spend time each morning studying both the Bible as well as the Book of Mormon in an attempt to learn more about Christ's ministry on the earth and his teachings. I am by no means perfect, but I strive to rely on the Lord to overcome my weaknesses and shortcomings. If I humble myself and exercise faith in Christ, "...then will [He] make weak things become strong unto [me]" (see Ether 12:27 in the Book of Mormon). I strive to follow Christ's example in how I interact with other people, whether they be friends, family, or total strangers. I strive to be kind to everyone I come in contact with, regardless of how they treat me. I look for opportunities to serve others, both planned activites as well as showing random acts of kindness throughout the day.

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Daniel Anderson
Christ taught that baptism is a necessary ordinance required for our salvation. In Romans 3:23 we learn that "the Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit that we are the children of God." We are God's children and He loves each and every one of us so much. Think of the billions of people who have died without having a knowledge of Christ or without ever having an opportunity to be baptized by proper authority. Those people are not lost. Because God loves His children, He has provided a way for all of us to return and live with Him again so long as we strive to obey His commandments. Ordinances, such as baptism, are very physical acts that must be performed by a living person. Church members throughout the world perfom baptisms by proxy for their deceased ancestors, extending the ever so necessary blessings of baptism to those who have already passed on. Show more Show less