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Hi I'm Dane

I grew up in Kansas. I'm serving a mission in Brazil. I love Jesus Christ.

About Me

I love to be busy and engaged- to learn more about the world around me, and to progress and grow. I have a diverse variety of music tastes, interests, and hobbies. I place high importance on the relationships that I have with other people. I always strive to make and keep friends and develop personal relationships with others. I grew up in Kansas and was the only member of the church in my high school, so those friendships with others became very important as I shared the gospel with the friends I associated with. I have attended three semesters of college at Brigham Young University- Idaho and loved meeting other people of diverse and unique backgrounds. I've been called to serve a mission in Vitoria, Brazil and am waiting on a visa at the present time. I'm so excited that I have the opportunity to bring others to Christ and help them feel the joy that the gospel brings to me. Most importantly, the gospel is the center of my life. I know that it's true. It's the center of my life- It gives me direction, purpose and joy. I'm passionate about sharing what I know to be true with others, and I've seen the transformation of people's lives as they come unto Christ and feel of his love. I love this gospel. It's the only thing in my life that I know for sure; the only thing that I can truly depend on. I know it, I love it, and I live it.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because it simply makes sense to me. I am a Mormon because the afterlife that I believe in doesn't involve children who haven't been baptized going to hell, or people being cast off forever because they didn't have a chance in this life to hear the gospel or hear the good news of Jesus Christ. When I hear about a God who casts little children into hell, or condemns those who haven't had a chance to know Christ, it makes me so glad that Heavenly Father truly loves and cares about each one of his children; regardless of color or creed. I believe in a Heavenly Father who wants us to suceed, and allows us the chance of repentance and a return to him. I am Mormon because I feel the spirit and the peace that comes out of doing what's right. My testimony is largely based on the fact that I am simply happy when doing what's right; and unhappy when I'm not. I know that you too can feel the peace and happiness that I feel if you simply try it! I want others to experience the peace and joy that comes to me as I live the gospel. The gospel really is quite simple, and you don't have to know everything to feel the influence of Christ in your life, whoever you are. I'm a Mormon because I am encouraged to find answers for myself - to pray and develop a truly personal relationship with God. Why wouldn't he offer us direction in our lives, and help us to be happy? I know that he will. He stands all day with arms outstretched, waiting to pour out blessings beyond measure to us.

How I live my faith

This church gives me many chances to serve and love others, and I can promise that service to our fellow man is the most important part of having the gospel. After all, what's the point of having something wonderful if you can't share it with others and help them experience the same thing? In high school, being the only member of the church in my school helped me to have many valuable missionary opportunities. I got the chance to demonstrate my standards to others by word and deed, and to answer questions that other people had about my faith. I've been called to serve a mission in coastal Brazil, and will leave as soon as I get a visa. I've already seen the blessings that come from serving our fellow man and dedicating my life to Jesus Christ. The blessings that I've received from my decision to serve a mission have been absolutely innumerable, and I've literally never been happier in my entire life. As I focus on serving others and leave behind personal interests, I realize how lucky I am to have the gospel. The gospel simply makes me the happiest person that I can be, and I want so badly for others to feel the joy and peace that comes from having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. I want people to know that there's a way out- a way out of a life full of guilt and pain. A way out of feeling misdirected and having nowhere to turn for help. The gospel can alleviate human suffering in every way, and I know that to be true with all of my heart.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Dane
This is an interesting question, because I struggled with the same thing when I was trying to figure out for myself if the church was true. The answer is simple: Men and women in the church aren't unequal in any sense of the word; they simply share different responsibilities. Many people believe that men in the church consider themselves superior to women because of their responsibilities in the priesthood and being the head of the household. However, women have the sacred and blessed responsibility of raising children in righteousness and setting the tone for spirituality and peace in the household. I don't think that there is anyone who can have as divine an influence on people than a righteous and gentle mother, full of love and compassion. It is also important to note that the Church does not disallow women to work and contribute to the financial state of the household as well. The primary responsibility of the woman is to her children, but that does not stop anyone from providing and leading as well. Personally, my mother has worked her whole life. However, she still makes sure that her family has everything spiritually that is needed. I can't think of anything more sacred or important than motherhood! So, although the mother and father of the household have different primary responsibilities, this in no way renders one over the other. Show more Show less