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Hi I'm Daniel

I grew up in New Jersey. I am going to college to become a Physical Therapist. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love being active! From participating in pick up games of basketball, soccer, and ultimate frisbee to playing catch, ping pong, and going bowling. I am so grateful for my health and am determined to enjoy every day of my life. From my love of physical activity came my interest in becoming a Physical Therapist, and so I am currently attending college out in Utah to pursue this career. When I am not furthering my education out at school, I enjoy spending time with my family. My brothers and I love to play frisbee and volleyball together; my mom and I enjoy playing board games; my sister and I enjoy talking and catching up with one another; and my dad will never say no to going for a walk. While not all of us enjoy the same activities necessarily, I find things to do with each of them and love spending any time I can with them. There is nothing better than family to brighten up every day of life! If my family isn't around though, my friends are almost as good. I have met so many wonderful people in my church youth program, past schools, and the Boy Scouting program and have gained so many permanent friendships with people where I know that I can rely on them through thick and thin. I think friends are one of the greatest blessings that we are given in this life, and I love to make more friendships whenever I can!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church and grew up learning about the doctrines that are believed, but this is not the reason that I am a Mormon. I am a Mormon, because this gospel contains all of the answers to every question that anyone might ever have, including the big three: where did I come from, why am I here, and where did I come from. Despite growing up in this religion, I have had opportunities to learn of other religions by attending masses or listening to friends describe their beliefs. As I went to other church services or tried to experience what exactly the churches had to offer, I always found that something was lacking. I didn't enjoy the lecturing Priests or the repeated prayers, and I felt as if the people themselves weren't really growing from attending church meetings. Each of these concerns disappeared as I attended Sacrament Meetings at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints though. There were no lecturing Priests, but people from the congregation who were teaching about principles that they were studying in the scriptures; there were no rote prayers, but prayers of real intent and heartfelt thought as people prayed in earnest to their father in heaven; and I could always see how people learned something new or reaffirmed an old belief every Sunday meeting and truly appreciated the importance of meeting together. The doctrines taught within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are so complete and true that I cannot deny that this is the right church to which to belong. I love this gospel and have found more joy and happiness in this religion than I am sure I could have found in any other religion.

How I live my faith

Over the years that I have been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I have been blessed to teach the youth from ages 12-18, help other people learn about the Church and its teachings, and serve in the clerical duties of the church. Also, for a few years I helped to organize dances and programs for the youth throughout the south Jersey area. All of the callings that I have been given over the years have allowed me to teach others about what the church believes and some of the wonderful blessings that the Lord has given us all in life. Ever since I was 12 years old, I have been going out with other members of the church to families within the church boundaries to teach them principles of gospel doctrine. Also during my teenage years I was given opportunities to teach lessons to my peers during Sunday meetings. One calling which I had for a year or so, as a Ward Missionary, allowed me to go out with full time missionaries in my ward and to teach those not of our faith about our beliefs. All of this teaching may have impacted others' lives, but it affected mine even more so, because one great thing about teaching is that you're greatest student is yourself. Another huge portion of my life has been in service to others within and outside of the church. I have grown up weeding and mowing lawns for the elderly or unable, helping families move into new homes or out of old ones, and raking or snow shoveling property for those who cannot themselves. Service used to be something of an ordeal to participate in, but over the years I have come to love serving those around me, and am so grateful every day to be physically capable of helping those who need my help.