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Hi I'm Josh Daniel

I'm a missionary--the one with the white shirt and black tag. I love backpacking, I love to play soccer, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Pennsylvania, but I've lived almost my whole life in Utah. I've grown up loving the outdoors. Ever since I can remember, I've spent much of my summers in the mountains. My dad and my brothers and I are all avid backpackers. I love being in the mountains. For a time, I can get away from the pressures of everyday life. No homework, no cellphone, no computers, no stress. Just me, my family, and the wilderness. Besides backpacking, I love sports, my first choice being soccer. I played in high school, and I'm a huge fan of Real Salt Lake. I also love to play guitar and piano, as well as sing. I studied Biological Engineering at Utah State University for a year, and then left to serve a two year mission for my church. I'm currently in Tucson Arizona, teaching the gospel, serving wherever I can, and loving every minute of it.

Why I am a Mormon

Reason #1: That's what God wants me to be. And #2: I know that God absolutely works through this church. I'll be the first to admit I'm a little unorthodox. I've struggled with religion in general since I was 12 or so. I'm very analytical. I like numbers; science: testable hypothesis with obvious, quantifiable answers. I like square boxes and straight lines. There's a reason I'm studying biological engineering and not something in the social sciences. So, predictably, my nature tends to clash with the idea of a God whose existence cannot be proven with observable data. We simply have no 'control universe' to compare our existence to. By the time I was twelve, I had essentially decided that since I could not reconcile myself perfectly with religion, it wasn't something I would worry about. I still went to church. I still did everything I was 'supposed' to do; I never had a problem with that. I simply couldn't wrap my head around religion, so I chose not to think about it. There was one problem with that. I Knew there was a God. I ignored that knowledge for a couple years because it scared me. It scared me that there was something I didn't understand--that I Couldn't understand. I have never been able to fully explain why I know there is a God. I doubt I ever will be able to in this life. After coming to terms with the existence of God, I realized that if he were real, I needed to figure out what He wanted me to do and believe. Through prayer and study, I slowly built my testimony from the ground up, and soon realized that God wanted me to be a part of the church. This was where God wanted me, and that was all that mattered. As time has gone on, my testimony of the church has grown greatly. Even now though, the core of my testimony is not what I was taught growing up. It is not my belief in the church. It is my undeniable belief in God. I believe first in God. Further down, I am a Christian. And even more specifically, yes: I am absolutely a Mormon.

How I live my faith

Well, I've grown up my whole life in the church. To be honest, a lot of how I live my faith has come pretty naturally. I've had church callings as a youth leader since I was about twelve. Along with those callings have come positions of responsibility in the Boy Scouts of America Organization. More recently in my student ward at college I served as the sunday school president, and was responsible for making sure that sunday school teachers were assigned and had all the materials they needed. I'm currently living my faith by serving a mission. I'm in the Tucson AZ area. I have the opportunity to give back to the lord two years of the life that he has given me. I'm teaching others, trying to bring them into the church, and even more importantly, to bring them to Christ-- to help them find the peace, love, and joy in their life that I have found in mine through my Savior, and through my church. These are all just examples of big, obvious, public ways that I 'live my faith.' More importantly though, I try to live my faith personally, in my everyday life. I always try to listen to the promptings of the Spirit in all that I do. I believe Strongly that God works through all of us, inside my church and out, to benefit His children. I know that if we listen to His word, through the scriptures, through His prophets, and through personal revelation or insight, He will direct our ways for good, and He will show us what He wants us to do.

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

Josh Daniel
Simple: Same reason Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Saul, David, and Solomon did it: God said to. For whatever reason, God has occasionally commanded His people to practice polygamy. He also told the Jews not to eat pork. So what did they do? They didn't eat pork :P We don't always have to understand why God does things certain ways. All we can do is focus on what God wants Us to do Now. Show more Show less