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Hi I'm Daniel Merrill

I'm the youngest of four children. I'm about to leave for a mission in Tokyo, Japan. I'm a Mormon

About Me

I've been a church member my whole life and have always been glad to be a Mormon. I was born in England and moved with my family to Kansas when I was five. I graduated from high school about two years ago and have taken one year of college. I will soon be leaving to serve a mission in Tokyo, Japan. I took Japanese in high school and have always wanted to go there, so I'm extremely excited about it. In high school I was also in band where I played the Trombone. I have been involved in scouts since I was little and am an Eagle Scout. I like to watch all sorts of movies; fantasy, sci-fi, classics, westerns, foreign films, black and white, it doesn't matter. Bowling is probably my favorite sport, even thought I'm not very good at it. After my mission I will return to college and hopefully I'll be able to decide on what I want to study.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born a member of the church. My dad was too but my mom joined when she was twenty. Going to church every Sunday has always been a part of my life. I've never doubted that my parents know that it's true. I also have gained a testimony of it's truthfulness. For some people, it seems like they have an experience where they all of a sudden realize that the church is true and want to become a Mormon. But for me it has been a slower, more gradual, experience. Over the years as I've prayed, read the Book of Mormon and Bible, gone to Sunday school and seminary, and learned from my parents and teachers I've come to believe that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the true church of Christ on the Earth today. I've also come to believe that Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior and I can't wait to share his gospel in Tokyo for the next two years. I don't know if anybody will read this but if you do, please just give the church a chance. Have the missionaries over! They are nice people and are only trying to share a message that's important to them. Then you can decide for yourself if you believe their message is true. Yes, they're young, they might be a little awkward, but they really do care about the people they teach and want to share the gospel with them. Just give 'em a chance!

How I live my faith

I have been very involved in the church youth program. I've had some great youth leaders in my life and they would plan some kind of fun activity almost every week. Some of my very best friends are people I've known through church youth activities. During high school I went to "seminary" which is a class we had at 6:00 in the morning every weekday before school. I'll be honest, it was sometimes pretty difficult to get up that early, but I enjoyed seminary and learned a lot. During my freshman year at college I was in charge of indexing in the ward. Indexing is a program where you type up family history files which makes it easier for people to learn about their family history online. Like I said above, I will soon be leaving to serve a two year mission in Tokyo, Japan. It's going to be difficult, leaving my family and friends and home for two years, living in a strange place and learning to speak a different language. But I'm excited to go. I'm sure it will be a great adventure and that I'll meet a lot of wonderful people. My dad served a mission in Germany when he was my age and he loved it, so I hope I'll enjoy mine just as much as he did.