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Hi I'm Daniel Ackroyd Huffaker

I grew up in California and currently reside in Kentucky. I do quality control testing on construction sites. I am LDS.

About Me

I am a young father. I work in construction materials testing and quality control. I am one of the most certified individuals in my field, though I don't yet have a bachelors degree. I recently acquired an associates degree in CAD via ITT Technical Institute. I grew up in California and moved to Kentucky in 2006. I had recently home early from serving as a missionary from the church with health issues. I was doing well enough to return to school but not well enough to return to full-time missionary service. I received a phone call from a friend who was leaving her summer job as a horse groom to return to her studies in Ohio. I thought about it, prayed about it, and two week later I was on a plane for Kentucky. The job moved to Florida for the winter and didn't take me with it, but the answer to prayer from the Lord was to stay in Kentucky. I have been richly blessed as a result. A good friend arranged an interview at an engineering firm and I've been working in my current career field ever since. I was blessed to obtain a home just months before the financial crises struck and loans ceased to be available. I met my wife here, and now have a beautiful daughter. I've also met many good friends and been part of lives that I never would have even encountered if I had remained in California. In my free time I do some work on my house and enjoy RTS computer games, reading and writing science fiction and fantasy, and participating in RPGS like Dungeons and Dragons.

Why I am a Mormon

I believe in the LDS Church as the true church of Jesus Christ because I have prayed and studied and prayed and the answer from the Holy Ghost is that this is the right church. Only here there are eternal families. Only here is the Plan of Salvation laid out sensibly to answer the questions of where we came from, why we're here, and where we're going. I understand the questions like why opposition is necessary and why do good people often suffer. Most importantly, this church has the following doctrine, found in Alma 7 of the Book of Mormon: 11 And he shall go forth, suffering pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind; and this that the word might be fulfilled which saith he will take upon him the pains and the sicknesses of his people. 12 And he will take upon him death, that he may loose the bands of death which bind his people; and he will take upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities. 13 Now the Spirit knoweth all things; nevertheless the Son of God suffereth according to the flesh that he might take upon him the sins of his people, that he might blot out their transgressions according to the power of his deliverance; and now behold, this is the testimony which is in me. This teaches that the Atoning Sacrifice of Jesus Christ was not just about sin and death. It was also about pain, sickness, frustration, depression, anger, grief, and all the things that separate us from the perfect happiness that is God. Our Heavenly Father wants us to learn how to be happy despite all the terrible things going on around us. He isn't ignorant of them, He knows every awful thing and the grief of every bad decision ever made, and yet He is happy. That is what we're trying to achieve. That is what is made possible by our Saviour Jesus Christ. That is why I belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

How I live my faith

I have served in various capacities in the church. Before getting married I served as the sunday school president for the young single adult branch in the Louisville area and regularly organized dances and activities for them. We set out in general to show that one can have as much if not more fun in an uplifting environment as you can at a bar or a concert. The dances were great. Our crowning achievement was a new year's eve dance that had the hallways completely lit up with icicle style Christmas lights, and side events including video games, basketball toss, karaoke and photo shots, and the lowering of the ball at midnight. Other activities included games like "do you love your neighbor?" and "human Foosball." Other callings I've had have included teaching the young men, serving as scout master for the LDS troop in Shelbyville, and serving on the Boy Scout Committee. I'm currently back in the Shelbyville Ward and have recently been called to teach the young single adult sunday school class there with my wife. This includes some responsibility for organizing events and general mentorship. My faith also dictates a lot about my associations in my personal and professional life. The gospel teaches us that we are all children from the same Heavenly Family. The people around me are spiritually my brothers and sisters. No matter what else we do or do not have in common, we share that divine parentage. This leads me to treat my fellow man with higher esteem because to me they are spiritual siblings. I am honest, direct, and believe in helping others whenever possible. I also believe that our Heavenly Father has given us different abilities, like in the parable of the talents. One may have 5 talents, 2 talents, or 1, but God intends for us to use whatever he's given us with a spirit of thanksgiving and for the betterment of the beautiful world he's given us. Only he knows what abilities we've been given, and so only he can truly judge how well we've used them.