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Hi I'm Daniel

I like inventing, programming and proselyting. I know fiction, science and truth. I am a geek, a mormon, and a child of God.

About Me

Welcome to my profile on Mormon.org. I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I have served a mission for my church, and I know it is true. I hope my ramblings on various Gospel topics are good to read, and that you enjoy them and learn from them. The remainder of this profile is dedicated to the answers and stories I have had the time to think on. There is no rhyme or reason for all the things I've written, but these are some of the public things of my soul, and I hope you seriously consider them. Thanks for coming!

Why I am a Mormon

A very complicated question. It would be easy to say from an outside perspective that I am only a Mormon because of my lifetime exposure to the teachings of the Church. However, on a closer study of my life, or perhaps from the unique perspective of yours truly, that is far from the truth. I could leave the Church at any time, nothing prevents my from an outside force or compulsion. The true reason I am a Mormon is that I love Jesus Christ. The spirit of God, or the Holy Ghost has confirmed this truth to me. I follow the promptings of the Holy Ghost in all things, not just in my belief in God and Christ, and all things that draw me closer to them are in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. My continued belief in Jesus Christ is sustained by the love and peace I feel every day as I serve Him. Everything that I can do to follow Him is something I desire. I am a Mormon because in the same manner that I know Jesus is the Christ, the Immortal Son of God, I also know that this is his Church. I also know that if you have read my testimony thus far, then you need to seek out the representatives of Jesus Christ in your area. The easiest way to find them is at the top left of this page marked "chat with us". I know your journey here has been long and complicated, and that you seek rest. So come, and be baptized by the authority of God, and enter into his rest. I have found peace, you can too. God bless you.

How I live my faith

My faith is in Jesus Christ. I live my faith by following his example. I started on this path by being baptized, just as the Christ was. If you remember that desire to be baptized, then you understand what I am talking about. That baptism has shaped my life and helped me to avoid many poor actions, and make many good actions. The things God has done with my life are many more than what I could do with my life. As I have learned more about my Savior, the more I have desires to do what He asks. Knowledge is essential to our eternal salvation, and God will hold us accountable for all knowledge we have gathered. This is a wonderful thing, and encourages me to use all of my facilities. I serve now as a representative of Jesus Christ. I am a missionary in the United States. Everyday I go out and knock on people's doors, most of which do not want to talk to me at that moment. However, my endeavors are not intended to intrude or advertise and are not for personal self-gain, but are for the glory of God and for his children. The people of the world are wonderful, generous, loving people, and the only gap between me and them are a few slight or grave misconceptions. I have talked to many who have laid that aside, and seen the good that can come into their life by the blessings of God. If you are one who is here of interest, and want to learn more, and thus break down the barrier between us as believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, please stay and read my humble testimony of the Christ.

How does the Church finance its operations?

Daniel
Church members denote often where their contributions to the church go. Our buildings and operations are funded by the donation termed “fast offerings” which we give from our following the law of the fast. We also contribute tithing, which is 1/10th of our income. An important part is that all donations are confidential, and private, and we do not seek the “praise of men” when we tithe. The most important part is that we receive Incredible blessings by following this commandment. You don't have to be religious to get God's blessings. Just try it, I promise it will work. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Daniel
"Ward" = congregation. "Stake" = congregations. "Branch" = small congregation. It is that simple. Our father in heaven wants for us to care for each other as he would, and thus we have leaders who are foremost our servants. They help us and organize us. They serve us and lead us. The division of the church into wards is so that those who serve us are not overwhelmed, and all can be strengthened and assisted in ways not usually found in a typical "congregation". The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is like a big family, and you can find that out by coming and seeing what it is all about. I would love to see you there! :D Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Daniel
The best way to answer this question would be to read it, but instead, I will attempt to give a logical brief of it's contents. The Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ. It's name comes from a prophet (someone like Moses) named Mormon. Mormon was a man who lived in America long before Christopher Columbus, about 400 CE. He is a descendant of a man named Lehi, a Jew who left Jerusalem about 600 BCE. He and his family lived in America, where they established an entire nation of people. The people who were descendants of the ancient prophet Lehi prospered for a thousand years. During that period of time, after Jesus Christ rose from the grave and left His disciples in Israel, He came to the Jews in America, as they were part of His chosen people, and recipients of His promises. He taught His doctrine and established His church. The truths taught by Jesus Christ in the Book of Mormon are the same truths taught by Him in the Holy Bible. Yet even so, it is a book, as is the bible, and without the confirmation of God, it would not be his word. Because of this, you must read it, then pray about it. This follows the promise from James to "Ask of God" and he will tell you by the Holy Ghost. Please order a free copy of the Book of Mormon at the top of this page, and receive more of the revelation from God in your life. Show more Show less

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

Daniel
This is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This is His church, and He directs it. That direction comes through revelation, and that revelation takes many forms. As for choosing the prophets, this revelation is reflected in the Bible. After Jesus Christ died on the cross, was Resurrected, and ascended into heaven, Peter took over the church as the head. Just like then, when the current Prophet of the church dies, the living Apostle who has served the longest, who we call the senior Apostle, becomes the new Prophet and president of the church. When the people of God fell away from the Gospel of Jesus Christ (in it's pure form or its Mosaic form), God would always call prophets to cry repentance. After the people repented and the Church of Jesus Christ would again be established, the responsibility of a being the prophet of Jesus Christ to head His church again falls on the senior apostle. The current Prophet on the earth lives all the commandments of God, and his name is Thomas S. Monson. He is righteous, dignified, and God has looked on his heart, as Samuel, as David, as Alma, and countless others. I know that the current Prophet is God's spokesman on the earth, chosen by God, and he leads and guides the true Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints today. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Daniel
Grace is very, very important. It is the principle that causes us to acknowledge that we cannot get to God on our own. Jesus teaches us about this principle in John 14:6 that "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." We cannot of ourselves rise from our fallen state, to be with God. However, in his suffering for us, Jesus did not destroy our need to do something as well. To come to God, we must be his children. Jesus taught us how to be Children of God: "If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me." and he taught us in John 14:15 that "If ye love me, keep my commandments." We must keep the commandments of Jesus Christ because of his Grace for us, and this is so that we can return to God. Show more Show less