What Is a Church Community?
Loading.....

The video player could not be built.

Do you want to chat with a missionary?

We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Start a chat or call us at 1-888-537-6600.

Hi I'm Daniel Beijerling

I'm a Dutchman living in New Zealand. I work for FamilySearch. I've just built my own house. I'm a lifelong Mormon.

About Me

I was born in the Netherlands (Holland) but immigrated to New Zealand with my parents and siblings at the age of 8. After graduating from High School I returned to the Netherlands for what was a supposed to be a brief working holiday, but ended up going from there on a two-year proselytizing mission for the Lord to England. After my mission I served a compulsory 18-month stint in the Dutch army, during which time I met my wife. We were married and blessed with three wonderful children, and eventually returned to New Zealand. I made a career in computer support and training, and now work for FamilySearch International (an entity of the LDS Church) as the Contact Center Manager for the Asia / Pacific area and international training manager. I have served in many different capacities within the LDS Church, including teaching young children, youth, and adult classes, and serving in leadership positions such as Branch President (similar to a pastor or priest) and in the Stake (similar to a diocese). I have always had an interest in architectural design and designed and built our family home in 2013. I enjoy camping and tramping, motorcycle riding, reading, and showing my wife and children that I love them. I also enjoy teaching, philosophizing, and defending the Faith.

Why I am a Mormon

Like Nephi of old, I can say that I was born of goodly parents, who recognized the truth when they heard it and joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when I was still an infant. This afforded me the rich blessing of growing up in a home where I was taught that Jesus Christ is my exemplar and Savior, and that I have a Father in Heaven who listens to and answers my prayers. I experienced this first hand at the age of 7, when after having gotten lost in the woods at dusk, I remembered my parent’s teachings and knelt and asked my Father in Heaven for his help. As soon as I opened my eyes I saw a flickering light in the distance through the trees that helped me find my way back out of the woods. As a child I never doubted the truthfulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ or his restored church, and at the age of 12 I received my very own unmistakable witness from the Holy Spirit, confirming my beliefs. Spencer W. Kimball was the president and prophet of the Church at the time. As he walked by my seat at a special Church conference, an overwhelmingly warm and wonderful feeling washed over me, like a bucket of warm water. It gave me the tingles from head to toe, and at the same time a powerful conviction came to my mind that this wasn’t just a nice old man, but that he truly was a prophet of God! To my young mind this was all the evidence I needed to confirm all other elements of my religion. After all, a true prophet of God surely would not be at the head of a false church, and if this was God’s true church, then it's teachings must also be true. Since that time I have received many similar spiritual witnesses; as I’ve read the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures, and as I’ve listened to the words of our modern apostles and prophets. I have also seen the hand of the Lord guiding and blessing me throughout my life, and he has always answered my prayers in time of need. Truly I can say from personal experience: "I know this church is true!"

How I live my faith

Jesus set a pretty high bar when he told us to be perfect (Matthew 5:48). He set the perfect example, and instructed “Verily, verily, I say unto you, this is my gospel; and ye know the things that ye must do in my church; for the works which ye have seen me do that shall ye also do.” (3 Nephi 27:21) Thankfully he also provided a way for us to obtain forgiveness of our sins as we stumble in our attempts to meet the mark. (Luke 5:31-32, Matthew 26:28). Christ’s church isn’t a rest home for the perfect, but a hospital for sinners seeking to become perfected in him. (John 11:25-26) I recognize my imperfections and dependency on my Savior, and try to concentrate on them rather than the imperfections of others. (Luke 6:41-42) I attend church on a weekly basis to partake of the sacrament in remembrance of the atoning sacrifice of the Savior, seeking his forgiveness, and covenanting to keep trying to keep his commandments. I try to pray and read the scriptures daily with my family, and teach them by my example to follow the Savior’s example, treating others as I would like to be treated (Matthew 22:39), and living my life in such a way that others will hopefully recognize me as a disciple of Christ by the love I show toward my fellow men. (John 12:35) Most of all, I try to always express my gratitude for my Savior and the blessings I receive, for I know that without him I would be nothing.