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Hi I'm Danielle Chard

I love pictures and donuts and doing things with people I love.

About Me

I was born in Minnesota and am blessed to be the second of three daughters. When I was three, my family moved to Salt Lake City Utah so my grandmother could live with us after she suffered a major stroke. She lived with us for six months before she passed away but the sweet feeling she brought never left our home. When I was eleven-years-old, my parents once again announced we were moving; this time to Frankfurt, Germany! The two years we spent in Europe were incredible and I wouldn't trade the experience for anything. While we were in Germany, I was one of two Mormons in my grade, so I was asked a lot of questions about my faith and I had to discover for myself why I am a Mormon. After spending two years traveling throughout Europe, my family moved back to Salt Lake. In high school I loved being involved with cheerleading, choir, service organizations and other school clubs. I love videography, photography, and pinterest. I have played the flute for ten years and believe music has the power to bring us closer to God; it is a language every person understands. I love to travel and have raised my own money to go on humanitarian trips to Ukraine, Malawi, and Cambodia. I know Jesus Christ loves all His children and He wants every one of us to recognize what our personal talents are and then use those gifts to serve those around us and contribute to the world.

Why I am a Mormon

I have always been innately curious, so naturally there were parts of Mormonism I wanted to know more about, and there still are! I've been raised as a member of this church but I have been exposed to many religions and perspectives of life. As I've studied the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and my personal feelings, I have come to know that Christ died for me and He wants me to return to Him. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the same church Christ established when He was on earth. The Bible teaches about tithing, priesthood, apostles, fasting, baptism....all of which are found in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I also appreciate that I am encouraged to seek personal revelation, to search for individual answers to my personal questions. When I have a question about God or life in general, I am encouraged to find my own answer. More than anything, being a Mormon gives me hope. Hope for my future, hope for my family, hope for what comes after death, and hope that I can one day be eternally happy. I've witnessed miracles as people come to their Savior and choose to follow Him. I know that happiness comes from striving to be more like Christ and learning to accept Him as our Savior.

How I live my faith

My family loves to travel and every time we find ourselves in a foreign country on Sunday we find a mormon church to attend. I have had the opportunity to talk to dozens of people about my faith and beliefs throughout our travels. On February 6th, 2013, I left my family for eighteen months to serve the people of Frankfurt, Germany by bringing them the gospel of Jesus Christ. I know Jesus loves all His children and I also know He loves and knows each child individually. He knows my weaknesses, my struggles, and my joys. In today's world, people often don't know where to turn for comfort. On my mission I have the opportunity to tell people where they can find hope and comfort. It is easy to live my faith because it makes me so happy. People often make comments about the "light" they can see in the countenances of Mormons. This light is the love of Jesus Christ and the confidence that comes from knowing we can return to live with our Heavenly Father and live with our families forever.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Danielle Chard
Members of our church are not required to serve full-time missions. Missionaries do not choose where they will serve or who they will serve with. I have made the decision to serve a mission because I see the happiness that comes from having the gospel of Jesus Christ in my life and I want to share that message of hope and happiness with others. Show more Show less