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Hi I'm Daniel

I grew up in Utah. I love going to school each week day and learn new things and I love churchball. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I love to get with my peers and play a little competitive churchball on Tuesdays. I really love cats and have one really cute one named Angel. I love reading books, especially the fantasy and science fiction genres that allow me the freedom to imagine the worlds that these authors create. I am currently finishing my senior year of high school and taking a bunch of tough college classes to knock out some college time. I love the Spanish language and I took 6 years of it ever since 7th grade, but my favorite subjects are History and English. I am the basic average guy that loves to hang out with, after my job as a custodian of course. I am an eagle scout and received this award my sophomore year. I was recently called to serve the Lord in the Guatemala, Retalhuleu mission and I am preparing to go and bring the gospel to the people after I graduate.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I have felt the Spirit witness to me that this is the true church. Growing up in the church, I used to rely on my parents testimonies to get through. The first time I can remember feeling the Spirit really strong and gaining a testimony of the Restoration of the gospel was when I watched the Restoration movie down at the theatre in Temple Square for a young men and young women's combined activity. I felt a really peaceful feeling that day and it seemed to penetrate all the way through me. After the movie, we went into a room and had a testimony meeting and I could not keep the tears from flowing. I knew that these things I had seen that day really did happen and that Joseph Smith did see God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. Ever since that day, I have worked my hardest to follow the example of Christ and to obey the commandments of God. Another huge reason came from my four years in seminary where I learned about God's dealing with man in the times of the Bible, here in the Americas during the Book of Mormon times, and also in these latter days when the church was restored by the prophet Joseph Smith. It was during these years that I grew a strong love and desire for studying the Bible and Book of Mormon. I have come to know that we can come closer to God by carefully studying the scriptures and abiding by the precepts that are recorded in them. I know that this is the true church and that it was restored to the earth in 1830 by the prophet Joseph Smith and that Jesus Christ is the head of this church. I know that if we repent and come unto Christ, we can be forgiven of our wrong doings and that we can be blessed with the strength to overcome our difficulties. I know that families can be together forever and that missionary work is inspired by God.

How I live my faith

I have helped to organize activities for my young men's group in church and have taught some lessons in my young men's class. I have taken a big role in helping new youth in the area to feel welcome at church and with the other young men in my church group by inviting them to activities and to come and be with their peers in the neighborhood. I enjoy the opportunities that I get to go and "hometeach" members of the ward at the beginning of each month to fulfill my calling. As my mission date gets closer, I have come to realize how important and vital these things have been in preparing me to help others in the world.

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Daniel
We believe that baptism is a necessary step to be able to return to live with God again in Heaven. Since the church was restored in 1830, many people have come to this life and died without a knowledge of the gospel and haven't been baptized by someone with the authority, so we are baptized in behalf of the dead since they can't do it for themselves to give them the opportunity to have this work done for them. Show more Show less