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Hi I'm Daniel Varela

I was born in Provo, Utah. I grew up in Allen, Texas. I am serving in the Washington Spokane Mission.

About Me

I was raised in Allen, Texas (North of Dallas). I participated in school choirs for six years. I worked at a SuperTarget for a little over 2 years. I enjoy playing football and basketball. I am currently serving in the Washington Spokane Mission.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the LDS Church. I have always been a member of the Church. I have always felt peaceful when it comes to religion and beliefs because I know that this Church is true and always will be. I continue to follow the Gospel because I know I will be able to return to my Heavenly Father and that He will always be there to help me find guidance.

How I live my faith

I taught an Adult Sunday School class before I received my Mission Call. I helped in a nearby community, by redoing a neighborhood park for my Eagle Project. I directed my ward's choir.

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Daniel Varela
Most of our scriptural writings have come through apostles and prophets. Through apostles and prophets, God has given His children sacred writings called scriptures. The scriptures can help you know God, His love for you, and His teachings. To the Christian world the most well-known collection of scriptures is the Holy Bible. In addition to the Bible, Latter-day Saints accept the following books as scripture: The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, a record of God’s dealings with the inhabitants of ancient America (2000 BC – 400 AD). The Doctrine and Covenants, a collection of revelations and inspired declarations given for the establishment and regulation of the Church of Jesus Christ in the last days (1830 AD – 1978 AD). The Pearl of Great Price, a selection of revelations, translations, and writings of Joseph Smith. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Daniel Varela
Have you ever thought there must be something more to life than just living day to day? There is—much more. Your life has a divine purpose. God, your Heavenly Father, has prepared a marvelous plan for your happiness. When you realize that God has a plan for you, it is easier to understand why you are on this earth. God wants all of His children to progress and become more like Him. This time on Earth provides opportunities for you to grow and progress. Coming here allows you to: Receive a physical body. Exercise agency and learn to choose between good and evil. Learn and gain experience that will help you become more like your Heavenly Father. Form family relationships that may become eternal. By following our Heavenly Father’s plan, you—like all of His children—can someday return to live with Him and with your loved ones. You can have greater peace in this life and eternal joy in the life to come. Show more Show less

What is the First Vision?

Daniel Varela
As a boy, Joseph Smith was surrounded by various churches which, though they disagreed with on another, each claimed to teach the truth. This caused him much serious reflection. He wanted to know which church was right. One day he read a passage in the Bible which says, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him” (James 1:5). Joseph decided to accept the invitation to ask God. In the spring of 1820, Joseph went to a grove of trees near his home and prayed to learn which church he should join. In answer to his prayer, Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, appeared to him. Joseph wrote: “When the light rested upon me I saw two Personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description, standing above me in the air. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name and said, pointing to the other—This is My Beloved Son. Hear Him!” Joseph was told to join none of the churches that existed at that time as the priesthood authority and Church as Jesus Christ had organized it when He was on the earth had been lost over the centuries. Joseph Smith’s First Vision marked the beginning of the Restoration of Jesus Christ’s Church to the earth. Joseph’s written account of this event is a powerful testimony of what he saw and experienced. (Joseph Smith’s History chapter 1 verses 8-17.) Show more Show less

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

Daniel Varela
The current Prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is Thomas S. Monson. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Daniel Varela
Missionaries share a message about Jesus Christ and His Atonement for all people. They teach about our Heavenly Father’s great plan of salvation, which allows all people the opportunity to return to Him. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

Daniel Varela
Death is not the end. Death is really a beginning—another step forward in Heavenly Father’s plan for His children. Someday, like everyone else, your physical body will die. But your spirit does not die, it goes to the spirit world, where you will continue to learn and progress and may be with loved ones who have passed on. Death is a necessary step in your progression, just as your birth was. Sometime after your death, your spirit and your body will be reunited—never to be separated again. This is called resurrection, and it was made possible by the death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ (see 1 Corinthians 15:20-22). Show more Show less

How can I find someone to talk with, in person, about the Mormon religion?

Daniel Varela
Thank you for your interest in learning more about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We invite you to: Talk with a member of the Church. Worship with us. Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints live throughout the world. They are willing to share their feelings and beliefs with those who are interested. If you know or meet members of the Church, we invite you to let them know what you have learned on this Internet site and discuss your questions with them. If you do not know a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we invite you to visit with representatives of the Church to learn more about the information you have viewed on this site. Please call 1-888-537-6600 (in US and Canada only) or use the following form to arrange for these representatives to visit your home and share some of Christ’s teachings that answer life’s questions and helped people find greater happiness. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Holy Ghost? Who is the Holy Ghost?

Daniel Varela
The Holy Ghost is a member of the Godhead, along with God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. The Holy Ghost is one in purpose with the Father and the Son, but is a separate being. Through Joseph Smith, the Lord revealed: The Holy Ghost has not a body of flesh and bones, but is a personage of Spirit. Were it not so, the Holy Ghost could not dwell in us. (Doctrine and Covenants 130:22) Show more Show less