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Hi I'm Daniel

I was born in London, grew up in Surrey and live in Kent. I'm an IT Director, a husband, a father, a musician and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm married with 4 beautiful children, 3 boys followed by a girl. They are all still young so they certainly keep my wife and I busy. I work as an IT Director and a Musician. I've been playing the Piano for over 25 years now and play regularly in several bands. Music, technology and my family are definitely my passions, I love to spend time with my wife and children and I love music, both performing and listening to it. My bands currently consist of an 80s themed band which has to be one of my favourite decades and a soul music band with music from the 60s, 70s and more modern day music. I have always enjoyed technology and I get to work with it every day in my job. I also enjoy films and have practised several martial arts which have been another very fulfilling hobby.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents raised me as a Mormon, so I grew up attending church meetings. When I was 16 my family experienced some trials, which resulted in my Father losing his business and our home and we ended up moving to the Isle of Man. It was here that I had to find out for myself whether the church was true. I decided to read the Book of Mormon and then to follow the promise which is contained in the last chapter of the book, which states that if you read the book, ponder it and then ask God if it is true, really wanting to know, He will answer your prayers. I certainly did not receive any heavenly visitation the first time I prayed, but as I pursued this promise, and I continued to study and pray, I received my answer. I was attending church a few weeks after beginning this pursuit and I received an overwhelming feeling which let me know of a surety that the church was true, that it contained the fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I knew then and I testify of it now, that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God and the book he translated - The Book of Mormon, contains the word of God and is true. I know it, I live it and I love it. I wish I could explain how I felt in words, but I can only describe the feeling as warm, peaceful and overwhelming in its nature, but it left me with no doubts. I treasure that experience which came out of adversity and know that the gospel of Jesus Christ really can change us forever and will allow us to one day live as families with God for eternity.

How I live my faith

I always try to set an example wherever I am and a lot of times this can be very visible, especially when I am performing as a musician as everyone knows I don't drink alcohol, smoke or take harmful drugs. I tell people I am a member of the church and always answer questions they may have about our beliefs. I served a 2 year mission for my church and really came to appreciate how important people are so I always try to treat others as I would like to be treated. I am honest in all that I do and never try to take advantage of anyone. I currently serve in the church as a Bishop which is a wonderfully fulfilling calling and it certainly keeps me busy. As a Bishop, I get to meet with many other members of the church and I have a responsibility to help them, as well as non-members spiritually and temporally when they are in need. It is a great responsibility but one that brings great joy to me as I serve others. I also get to teach people about the gospel of Jesus Christ and help them to understand it better. I also work with individuals that may be struggling to live some of the principles of the gospel and lovingly help them to overcome their struggles so they can experience even more joy and happiness in their life. I also am involved in Family History which is also very rewarding as I research my ancestors and learn more about my family through the generations.

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Daniel
We baptise people because Jesus taught us that it was an essential ordinance for us to enter the kingdom of God. Baptism was so important that even Jesus allowed John the Baptist to baptise Him to fulfill all righteousness and set the example for us. In this Jesus also taught a wonderful lesson, he went to John because John held the authority to baptise. We call this authority the priesthood, and we believe that noone can take the priesthood upon themselves, it has to be given to them by one that already holds the authority. In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, all of the members that hold the priesthood can trace back that authority to Jesus Christ which means that when they perform ordinances, they are authorised by God to perform them. When we are baptised we receive great blessings and we covenant or promise to do certain things in return. We promise to keep his commandments and to minister to others that may need our help and stand as witnesses of Him. He promises us that we will have his spirit to be with us to guide us and help us keep the commandments and we are promised that if we do all we can, we will be forgiven of our sins through Christ's atonement and we will be able to return to live with our Father in Heaven forever. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Daniel
I have been a member of the church all my life and have never been asked nor have ever heard anyone who is a member of the church suggest that we should worship Joseph Smith. We honour Joseph Smith because he did so much work as an instrument of God to restore His church to the earth, to translate the Book of Mormon and receive the authority of God which had been removed from the earth. However, all of these things were done through the gift and power of God, not soley through Joseph's own efforts. We worship God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ. The Church bears the name of Jesus Christ, He is our Lord, our Redeemer and our Saviour and we proclaim that there is no other name under heaven whereby mankind can be saved. Show more Show less