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Hi I'm Daniel

I grew up in a small town in Idaho and then in Southern California. I'm an outdoor and Space enthusiast. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Since I was 8 I’ve been part of the Boy Scouting program and received the rank of Eagle Scout. I’ve always had a great love and appreciation for the outdoors and scouting has helped that appreciation and love grow. I’ve continued to be quite an outdoor enthusiast and enjoy backpacking, rock climbing, horseback riding, fishing and pretty much anything regarding outdoor recreation. Although I like staying fit must say I’m not particularly fond of sports. I’ve been part of basketball and soccer teams in the past but enjoy sports mostly because it’s a good way to bond with family and friends. When I’m not playing sports with family and friends, I tend to be an entertainer. I perform magic shows here and there for parties with friends and also for family events. I’ve also played quite a few instruments such as piano, clarinet, harmonica, guitar, and the trumpet. I’ve played trumpet in my high school marching, concert, symphonic, and jazz bands. When I wasn’t playing at school events, I was a bugler for scout camps and have played for other events such as football games and dances. From a young age I’ve found great interest in Space and have always wanted to pursue a career in an area regarding Space exploration. As I got older that desire grew and throughout high school I loved physics and math. I’m going through college now and am going to continue towards a degree in aeronautics/aerospace engineering after I serve for two years as a missionary for my church.

Why I am a Mormon

I’ve been fortunate to be raised in the LDS church and I now see what a remarkable blessing it has been in my life. I often take the knowledge I have for granted, but now especially , as I’m just leaving my home to begin the rest of my life, I realize there is no way other to truly be happy. The restored gospel of Jesus Christ is not only a blessing but proof of His love for us. When I was in middle school it was discovered that I had a heart condition which could prove fatal. The doctors had me take medicine that slowed everything about me down, including my mind. It caused depression and me to fall behind in my schooling. I wasn’t allowed to do a lot of activities I had previously done and loved. During this time I was incredibly low and depressed and had no desire to do much of anything. It was now that I needed God’s love most. I went to church, read The Book of Mormon and Bible, and prayed to my father in Heaven. I testify that as I did these things and earnestly prayed I felt God’s love and as I read the book of Mormon I knew it to be true and that this truly is His restored church. I have since then had surgery on my heart and the risk is almost entirely gone. I look back on this trail and am very grateful that I had this opportunity to get closer to God. Not only did it bring me closer to Him but it also added a confirmation that I’m part of His restored Church. God loves all His children and wants them to be blessed with the knowledge of His gospel. I have the opportunity to serve the Lord and have been called to go on a mission for two years to invite others to accept this gospel and all of the blessings it holds. I know it to be true and I want others to have the same joy and knowledge I have been blessed with my entire life.

How I live my faith

When I was younger I served several times as president to a group of young men my age, between ages 12 and 18. As the president, I assigned assistants to help with duties and also to help meet the needs of the young men within our group (quorum). With my assistants we would plan and schedule activities and service projects to help fellowship and serve young men both in the church and out, but also to serve the community and families that need help. I learned so much from these opportunities and they honestly shaped who I am today. I didn’t just learn how to lead or conduct a group. I learned how to serve those in need, how to fellowship, and how to care for everyone. Currently within the church I serve as a part time missionary. As a part time missionary I go to those within our church and comfort and help them in whatever means needed. I get together with fulltime and other missionaries from the church and discuss and plan ways in which we can help out and fellowship those in the church and community.