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Hi I'm Daniel Ricardo Velez

I Grew up in Kaysville, Utah, I aspire for knowledge, I'm open to everything, I'm on a Mission from God, I'm a Mormon

About Me

I have a love for people and for that reason I am currently serving a Mission in the texas mcallen mission. I have 2 sisters and my two parents who have helped me shape who I am throughout my life. Without them I would not be here at this moment. I have to say I have very many hobbies and talents.The first and foremost is Dance and music. I have a love for arts. Dance is a past time that I love. It was one of my emotional releases. I would Country Swing Dance with a big group of friends. Since I have a lot of energy it was a place I could let go of everything I was worried about and have fun! I love listening to all kinds of music, almost any kind and I play 5 different instruments. I also have a love for soccer. It's been with me my entire life. Day in and day out I would practice and play since I was 6 years old. I'm a bit old school at times and love class and am very chivalrous.

Why I am a Mormon

In my life I am accepting and have a love to get to know people. I have to say it got me into trouble. A Lot. I was raised LDS but I was never truly LDS until I turned 17. My testimony was based on my famly, I went to church, I prayed, I went to seminary for my family. I had a belief in God yes, but I never really was converted to be LDS. I think whether you're raised in the church or not, everyone needs to be converted at some point in their life. To me my teen years was an opressing time. I was always agruing with my parents, getting ino trouble and jsut overall being a rebel. One day I just took a step back after some encouragement from a dear friend. I evaluated everything in my life. What I want, my purpose, what I have accomplished. Everything eventually led back to one thing. I have a belief in God, but do I truly believe Mormonism and believe what my sisters and family believe? It was incredible to think I was lying to myself all these years. I realized I had to change something, and thats when got down on my knees and prayed the hardest I ever have in my life. I had to find out for myself. I didn't stop praying until I felt reassured with myself. As soon as I closed my prayer I opened the Book of Mormon and there was my answer in plain sight. It made me think about all the times God has blessed me in my life, has helped me get through things, has protected me and prepared me for the time coming up in my life. I've only grown since then; all my experiences in the past is a testimony builder to me of why our heavenly father loves us. He sent his son, his only son, to die for those feelings I had so that I could be happy. I love the gospel, I love the savior. Ask and ye shall receive, knock, and it shall be opened unto you. All you need to do is humble yourself and ask.

How I live my faith

I know that God loves me. He loves everyone. I strive to be the best example I can be, just like Jesus Christ. He was the ultimate example on how to live your life. I want to be a light and a beacon for the people younger than me and older all the same. I learned to love the church through callings to serve. It was what kept me going to church for the first little bit. I now start out my day with a prayer every morning. I never stop thanking my Heavenly Father for the comfort He gives me or answers he has given me. That combined with reading the Book of Mormon gives me strength throughout the day to persevere to the end. The best way I found to increase my faith and live it all the more was teaching my friends, families, really anyone I felt comfortable to teach. It would re-inforce what I know to be true in my heart.

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Daniel Ricardo Velez
Family is everything to me. They love you and support you. No matter what decisions you make your family will always be by your side and love you for who you are. Whether you go against their wishes or not, they will respect your decisions. Families are important to Mormons because they help you grow as a person. Not only do they help you grow but you help them grow. And as a family you can live with each other again in God's presence. God has a plan for each and every one of us and families are central to fulfilling that plan to return to live with Him. They teach kids the fundamentals of life, how to walk, talk, and associate with people. Different ways to act and respect people. Once it's time for the kids to move on, they can always look back to see a loving family. That is why I will strive to be united in my future family. Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Daniel Ricardo Velez
The Atonement of Jesus Christ is an infinite sacrifice through which all men can be saved and return to live with our Heavenly Father. Christ took upon himself not only the sins of every single person that has lived, lives, or will live, but also every pain, every sickness and tribulation. Through Him, if we accept His sacrifice, have faith in Him, repent, are baptized by the right authority, receive the Holy Ghost, and endure to the end, we can be cleaned. As it states in the Bible, "Though your sins be as scarlet, they are as white as snow." No unclean thing can enter through the presence of God. When Christ sacrificed himself, he made it so we can enter The Kingdom of God clean and unspotted. I know that we really can have all of our tribulations and trials lifted by Him. That that feeling of guilt can be taken from us if only we believe in Him and take the necessary steps. I have personally felt and experienced it. Show more Show less

What is Mormonism? OR What do Mormons believe?

Daniel Ricardo Velez
There are so many misconceptions about Mormonism. The simplist way I can put it is that Mormons believe in Christ. We believe that through Him every one can be saved. He took upon himself the feelings of guilt, remorse and sadness from everyone that has lived, was living, and would live, so that we could be freed from those feelings and be happy. The second portion of Mormonism is that the Gospel that Jesus Christ taught on the Earth when he lived, and the power and authority He did it by, was restored through a latter day prophet named Joseph Smith. To have the power and authority of Christ and ultimately God, all we need to do is live His and Our Father's commandments. There's nothing mysterious about it. Simply put all you need is to have faith in Jesus Christ in God, Repent and be Baptized in His name and preservere till the end. Everyone thinks we have all the rules but we really don't. Word of Wisdom- It keeps our bodies clean of harmful chemicals, substances, and addictive things. Chastity Because we believe the power of procreation is a sacred thing and should not be taken advantage or abused of. The 10 commandments, and simply go to church. Is that so hard? Once you know for the right reasons and for yourself you'll see it's not. Show more Show less