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Hi I'm Daniel Bustos

Father, husband, doctor, brother, son & friend are words that describe my life. But one word defines who I am--Mormon.

About Me

I'm a young father of four kids, the oldest who just started high school and the youngest who just started pre-school. It seems like just yesterday that my oldest was learning to walk and uttering precocious declarations such as, "I don't want to cooperate!" as a toddler. My wife and I have been through a long, grueling road of schooling to train for my career as an ophthalmologist, a medical doctor and surgeon for the eyes. Like any parent, I pray that I've made the right choice of vocation in my life because to this point, I've accumulated a mountain of student loan debt from 15 years of advanced schooling and at times my life has been so busy throughout these years of training that I feel like I missed out on some of the most important years of my kids' lives. Both my wife and I try to spend as much time together as a family that we can doing fun activities such as hiking, swimming, biking, playing games and also serving in our church. Life as a physician, husband, father of four and volunteering in our church leaves little wiggle room for hobbies and other diversions, but I'm trying to write a novel as well as trying to invent some iPhone apps that will improve eye care for children and adults.

Why I am a Mormon

For those who know that I grew up in the Mormon church, having been taught its doctrines for as long as I can remember, it may be easy to surmise that I am a Mormon because that is what I was bred to be. While I accept there is a certain truth to that, what keeps me an active, engaged Mormon, as dedicated to God and His commandments as I can be on a daily basis is not tradition, upbringing or acceptance of what others have vouched for.  I am an active Mormon for three reasons: 1. I have pondered and prayed about whether this Church has the whole of God's revealed truth on the earth and my prayers have been answered, time and time again, in the affirmative; 2. The inspired teachings of this Church--what God has revealed as His plan for all of His children to return to live with Him--gives me and my family the greatest chance at eternal happiness; and 3. I believe that the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ led a sinless life, suffered an atoning sacrifice for all of us, and was crucified and resurrected, allowing all of us to be resurrected and live with God again. These three reasons are of such great import for me, but also for every member of the human family. That's why I'm proud to be a Mormon and why i feel the need to let anyone who will listen know what I've been blessed to discover.

How I live my faith

My faith is an extension of my belief in Jesus Christ as the Son of God and my Savior, as well as in my belief in and understanding of God's plan for His children. Knowing that the people I come in contact with on a daily basis are my spirit brothers and sisters, that God is as invested in their spiritual/physical well-being as my own, helps to remind me that I need to be an active participant in helping those around me. I try to make this part of my daily walk and talk, to show compassion and concern for others problems, to listen intently when they need a friend, to give of the excess blessings that I have, and to treat others as Jesus would treat them if He were here.  As the Mormon church is comprised of lay pastors and teachers, many people in each congregation have "callings" or duties that they fulfill on a regular basis to help the work of the Lord go forward. I recently spent the last three years serving as the leader of the group of young to middle-aged men in our congregation. While this responsibility was demanding of my time and emotions, I'm quite certain I was blessed far more than I gave up. To be able to participate in serving people in their extremities--when a family member dies, overwhelming illness, job loss, marital and family strife--is an amazing experience where I am able to forget my burdens for a time and try to bring the light and love of the Savior to someone's life at a crucial time for them. What Christ said really is true--"Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest...and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." Matthew 11:28-30

Are Mormons Christians?

Daniel Bustos
If a Christian is defined as anyone who believes that Jesus Christ is the Savior and Redeemer of mankind, and tries to live their life with faith in Him, then Mormons are most definitely Christians! Jesus Christ is so central to the Mormon church that the official name of the church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Everything we do in the church revolves around Christ, and His teachings, and leads to becoming like Him and returning to live with Him. Show more Show less