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Hi I'm Daniel Arthur Goldhamer

I'm an aspiring writer, proud fantasy-fiction geek, LA-born and raised, and I'm serving a mission in Kobe, Japan. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've grown up a member of the church. My mother was the daughter of a famous Hollywood actor. My father grew up Jewish, first in the Bronx, and then in upstate New York. Neither were members of the church until much later in their lives, my mom joined before I was born. My sister and I were raised in the church. While my dad was not a member, he supported my mom's decision to raise us in the church. I was encouraged to find my own testimony, and not to rely on any others' belief. I grew up eager to learn, and had my own conversion to the gospel when I was 14. I've always been interested in academics, and I was, and still am, very interested in literature, science, and history. I love performing, and have been blessed with talent in singing and acting. I'm an aspiring fantasy and historical fiction writer, and I would like to teach high school as well. Until recently, I was attending Santa Monica College with plans to transfer to Southern Virginia University, University of California Irvine, or Loyola Marymount University. I have postponed (for the time being) my educational plans to serve as a full time missionary in Kobe, Japan. I reported to the Provo MTC on December 11th, 2013, and am preparing to depart for the Japan Kobe Mission on February 10th, 2014.

Why I am a Mormon

From an early age, I have had a testimony in the importance of justice. When I was growing up, I was disgusted when I saw people not being treated fairly. The Lord taught that "[he is] not a respecter of persons"; meaning that he will not judge you more or less harshly than anyone else. From this foundation I built up my belief in the church and the gospel of Jesus Christ. I love and feel indescribably blessed by the Atonement of Jesus Christ: the sacrifice he made that we all will live again and, if we are righteous, may live with of our Heavenly Father, our Creator. I have a strong belief in the Restoration of the Church of Jesus Christ--the same church that Christ himself established while he was on the Earth--by Joseph Smith, who was called by God to do thus. I love the Book of Mormon, a testament to the fairness of the Gospel, that the people of ancient Americas had prophets concurrently with the prophets of the Old Testament. I have a strong belief in the Eternal Plan of Happiness, whereby we can live with our families for eternity; a plan established by both Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, and that we voted fervently for this plan in the spirit world before we came to Earth. These things I know and believe so fervently in that I cannot imagine living without this joyous knowledge, and this is why I want to serve as a missionary to bring the truth to all who will hear. I say these things in the name of our Savior, Jesus Christ, amen.

How I live my faith

I was a member of the Presidency of the Santa Monica College LDS Religious Institute, which is responsible for reaching out to college-age investigators in the church, and to be a place where young people can relax in a safe and pure environment. At the Institute, people can take classes on a variety of church topics, and it was my Presidency's job to organize fun activities for the members of Institute to do. On Sundays, I was a substitute teacher for the primary (children between ages of 3 and 11), and usually taught the 7,8,9 year-olds. It is one of the things I miss most as I go to serve in Japan, although I'm sure I will have plenty of opportunities to teach children there as well.

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Daniel Arthur Goldhamer
Families are the single, most important unit of the church. Everyone who has ever been born learned their first lessons from their family. Within the church, we believe that families have the potential to become eternal--that families can be together forever in righteousness and peace. David O McKay, one of the former prophets of the LDS church, stated, "No other success can compensate for failure in the home." There is a current trend in society that place getting married and creating a family behind one's educational, professional, and/or recreational goals. This selfish mindset is contrary to the will of our Heavenly Father and his plan for us. No matter one's fame, prestige, wealth, or influence, all those who fail to put their family first in their life will be held accountable by God at the last day. More information is available in "The Family: A Proclamation to the World" (follow the link below). http://www.lds.org/family/proclamation?lang=eng Show more Show less