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Hi I'm Danielle

I grew up in New York and I'm just your average, everyday girl. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've lived in New York all my life, which means I've always stood out from the people around me. My friends at school didn't share the same beliefs as me, not just religious beliefs but all sorts of beliefs. It was always hard going to a school where I felt out of place and like I didn't belong there, but I'm so grateful that I was in that situation. Because I was the one of very few who lived with higher standards than most, I learned how important it is to stand for what you believe in and not let what people around you think of you to influence your beliefs and choices when you know they're right and good. I'm currently enrolled in college at BYU in Provo, UT, but I am deferring for 18 months to serve a mission for the LDS church. BYU was such a wonderful college to go to because I was able to gain an education while I was surrounded by people who weren't putting me down or giving me funny looks because of the way I choose to live my life.

Why I am a Mormon

I know that just giving in and living and acting the way everyone around me did would have been so much easier than choosing to live by the standards that I was taught.But by the grace and love of God, I gained a knowledge of the truth of this gospel the summer before I entered high school. I went to a camp called EFY that is put on through the church. While there, everyone was getting up and bearing their testimonies of how they knew the church was true. In hearing this, I came to the realization that I did not know for myself if this was the true church. The thought of that made me so sad because I wanted to know without a doubt if it was true and not rely on my parents to tell me that. So that night I knelt down and prayed. I asked my Heavenly Father if this was truly His church. As soon as I asked that, I felt so strongly that it was. In that moment, I knew that I was a part of the true church of God. Gaining that knowledge got me through all the twists and turns of high school and kept me from making choices I knew I would regret someday. The love and joy that I received from knowing and living the true gospel has gotten me through every trial life has thrown at me and I know it will continue to do so. I know that Christ died for my sins and so that I might someday return to live with Him and my Father in Heaven. I know that I am never alone and never need feel alone and I am so grateful for that knowledge. That and so much more is why I am and always will be a Mormon.

How I live my faith

In my ward, I was asked to serve the young women as one of their leaders. Although those who asked me to do so knew I would only be here for a few months, they felt very strongly that I should be with the youth. I love working with the young women, they're so fun and lively! It's fun seeing the wonderful women that they are turning into and I love helping them to live happily and understand the best ways of accomplishing that.

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

The Atonement of Jesus Christ is our salvation. We cannot fully comprehend or understand what He went through or how He was able to step in and save us through His own death, but we do know that it was necessary. Without the Atonement of Christ, we would all be lost. This life would be pointless, for we would be doomed from the very moment we first sin. Because Christ suffered and died for our sins, we have the ability to return to live with Him and our Heavenly Father. He gave us a way in which we could repent of our sins and they would be forgiven and forgotten. God is justice, and Christ is the way and mercy through which we can face God and be cleansed of our sins. Christ's Atonement was also more than saving us from our sins. When Christ was in the Garden of Gethsemane, He chose to feel all the pains, sorrows, joys, and trials that every one of us has felt or will feel in our lifetime. In doing this, He has come to know us and understand us. In doing this, He became the One person that we could come to that would understand what we are going through perfectly. This is why we need not ever be alone, for Christ knows us. He knows everything that we go through, every sin we commit, every bad thought we have, and He still loves us. In knowing everything about us, He still chose to die for us so that we might live and return to His loving arms. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Not all members of our church are required to serve missions, but we are all encouraged if we are worthy and able. I have personally decided to serve a mission because this gospel has brought so much peace, comfort and joy in my life that I want to share that with all of God's children. I know that everyone feels alone at one point in their life. I myself have felt alone and if I hadn't come to understand God and Christ's Atonement, I don't know where I would be today. I hate to think that there are people out there who don't have that knowledge and comfort. It's a dreary world and we all need all the support we can get. Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost are the greatest support system we could ask for. Not only do They comfort us, but they guide us to make the right decisions which will ultimately lead to our eternal happiness as well as happiness here on earth. I want my spirit brothers and sisters to have that joy and peace that I have and what better way to spread it than through serving an 18 month mission? :) Show more Show less