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Hi I'm Daniel

I grew up in sunny southern California as the youngest of ten children. I am a Mormon.

About Me

When it comes to the things I like to do, I am always expanding. I enjoy trying new things, experiencing different cultures, just opening my eyes to the world around me. I am an avid travel - which I would do more of if money wasn't an issue - and have lived as an exchange student in Germany. I am a voracious reader. I like learning languages. I play tennis and volleyball and enjoy playing sports with my family and friends. One of my favorite things to do is volunteer. Currently I volunteer at the Braille Institute and at the California Welcome Center. There are fewer things I would rather do than help someone using my talents and abilities.

Why I am a Mormon

If someone were to ask me on the street why I was a Mormon, just out of the blue my first response would probably be, "Because there is no other place I would rather be." For me the church is more than just a sense of community. It is a place I can strengthen my personal values and standards. It is a place I can commune with God. Even so, I enjoy going to church because my family and friends are there. And they should be; church shouldn't be a chore, but rather a place where we can join in with our loved one's and worship the same God and uplift one another. I am a Mormon because it is true. I find comfort knowing that I am a child of God, that He loves me and cares for me. I believe that it causes me to be more accountable for my actions. I actively think about the consequences of my choices. Our Savior, even Jesus Christ, provides me with an example that I can follow. I may not become the Savior in this life, but I know that through his sacrifice and the infinite atonement I can be perfected. One of the other reasons I am a Mormon is because we live in a world distraught with sorrows, fears, crimes, destruction and disaster, however, there is hope in all things. I can find calm within the storm. Being a part of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints doesn't take away all your problems, you may even gain more having a testimony of the church, but I can truly testify that there is always a guiding hand. Whether it is a leader in the church or it is the Lord himself, I can live each day knowing that I am not alone.

How I live my faith

I play the piano for the church choir and sometimes during other portions of our meetings. I also spend time helping the missionaries in our ward teach investigators. Another calling I have in the church is that I am on the Welcoming Committee which means I get to welcome and befriend the new people who come into our congregation. I also teach a class called Gospel Principles; mainly I teach the basis of what we believe as members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I also assist those who need help with completing their family history as needed.