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Hi I'm Danny

I grew up in Lancaster, Virginia. I have a great love for the outdoors! I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I love being outside and going hiking, camping, kayaking, jet skiing, etc. Sports and fitness have also been a great interest of mine. Being physically active is such a great stress relief and great way to spend time! I spent a semester at college but decided to change career paths so I began to work to pay off my student debt. Right now I am about to go serve a mission now that I have paid off my debt.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the church because my parents were members who converted to the gospel. But as a child and as a teenager I didn't follow the teachings of the church. I went mostly because my family went and I liked being with the other kids. I never took much thought about whether or not the church was indeed true. In 2010 I attended college for a semester. During this time I became so depressed, angry, confused, and all over distraught. Nothing I did made me feel any better and I grew farther and farther from God. I knew and felt in my heart that things I was doing were wrong. But I was too ashamed and stuck in my was to get out. After the semester was over and I returned home I began speaking to my Branch President (who was also my brother-in-law) about going on a mission. I wanted to serve a mission, I wasn't too sure why but I knew I did. As I continued to talk to him for the next couple weeks I hit rock bottom. I felt so terrible and all I wanted was a way out. I decided to make a change. I began to read the scriptures, paid more attention in church and meetings, and began to pray. I came to Marc (my bro-in-law) and told him about what was going on in my life and that I wanted to repent. I told him I saw how truly and genuinely happy other people were who lived the gospel and that I wanted that too. I spent the next year going through repentance. It wasn't easy. But because of the things I have felt, seen, and experienced I have come to know that this church is indeed the true church of God. It's because of the members of the church and my family, the blessings and love of God, and the guidance and presence of His Holy Spirit that I continue to follow His gospel. I am so grateful for the atonement of Jesus Christ. Through his atonement I have been blessed to be able to repent and have a true sense of happiness and joy.

How I live my faith

I do all I can to follow the example that Jesus Christ set for us and do all I can to help others. I strive and do all I can to lend a helping hand to others, study the scriptures, and walk with a prayer in my heart. As I go about my day I work hard to keep the commandments and live in harmony with the gospel. But when I make mistakes ( I make mistakes and will make more in the future I'm sure) I do all I can to receive forgiveness through the atonement of Jesus Christ. Though I have grown up in the church and been an active member of the church, I have only recently become an active member in the gospel and teachings of the church. It is not always easy living my faith, but it brings the greatest joy to my heart.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Danny
It is not required for membership in the church. It is our view a great opportunity and privilege to serve and spread the gospel. It is expected or highly encouraged of the young men when of age (19 years old) to serve. However, it is a choice. If someone were to chose to not serve or were not able to serve a mission they would not be excommunicated or membership removed. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Danny
We help all people, in all conditions, in all places and all faiths. I can't think of any better way to answer this question than this: "Much of what is done in the Church is to bless and help those who are not Mormon. The Mormon Church has donated more than $1 billion in cash and material assistance to 167 different countries in need of humanitarian aid since it started keeping track in 1985. Many of these countries have few to no Mormons, but are also non-Christian. More than 53,000 Mormon missionaries serve through the world today. All of their service is to help those who are not Mormon. Joseph Smith himself taught that we are "to feed the hungry, to clothe the naked, to provide for the widow, to dry up the tear of the orphan, to comfort the afflicted, whether in this church, or in any other, or in no church at all." We love to help others, no matter who they are or where they come from. Show more Show less