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Hi I'm Danny Nelson

I'm from Grantsville, Utah. I love baseball. I have Crohn's Disease. I'm a ping-pong champ and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in Grantsville, Utah (the greatest place in the world). I'm the last of five children by NINE years. So for part of my childhood I was the last child, but for most of it I was the only child around. Being the last one at home can lead to a lot of boredom, but it helped me grow a greater love and appreciation for my siblings. I very much enjoy being with each and every one of them. I'm now a proud uncle of an ever-increasing number nieces and nephews. With the siblings gone for most of my childhood, God knew I'd need some great friends and parents, with which he readily supplied me. I grew up playing a lot of baseball with my buddies. At 11, I was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease which cost me a foot or two of intestine my senior year, but it has never stopped me from having a good attitude. I graduated high school in 2014 (after winning a baseball state championship) and went to a year of college at Utah State University. After USU I flew to McAllen, Texas to be a missionary for two years. That was the most meaningful experience of my life. I'm now a student at BYU, studying psychology. I love my family, friends, sports and movies. I'm very thankful for the knowledge I have of a loving Father in Heaven and the divine mission of His son, Jesus Christ. Life is good, folks:)

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the church. I learned to pray and to read the scriptures. As I grew older, I felt a strong desire to have my own, personal convictions. Joseph Smith, in once said "I have learned (the truth) for myself," and I wanted that same knowledge. So I read in the Book of Mormon and I read in the Bible. I asked God if this was the path I should take. I studied and searched for answers to my questions. I was expecting and hoping that one day God would just send me a huge, powerful manifestation of the truth. But that is very rarely how He works. Rather, little by little, I noticed that I started feeling more comfortable talking about the church. I noticed the feelings of peace I would get when I would talk about Christ. My love for the Savior started to grow. Gradually, my testimony was becoming something real and powerful in my life, not all at once, but line upon line. The cool thing is that this is a life-long process. We will always keep learning and strengthening our faith. My convictions today are not as strong as they will be tomorrow, but they are stronger than they were yesterday:) I love the Book of Mormon. It is another life-line, connecting me to God. I know that I have a Father in Heaven and that His Son Jesus Christ is my Savior and Redeemer. I have felt His atonement elevate me and help me to learn and improve. I know that Joseph Smith was called by God and that God continues to call living prophets today. I love and respect them. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints fills my heart and I know that those feelings are from God.

How I live my faith

Shakespeare said "They do not love that do not show their love." That's the attitude I have towards my religion. True religion is service and love, not only to those that are like you, but especially to those of differing backgrounds, views, and opinions. Jesus taught us to love one another. I understand that to be a commandment without restrictions to people of certain races, religions, sexual orientations, or political opinions. A follower of Christ strives to love EVERYONE. It's not easy, but it's worth the effort. Daily scripture study and prayers are a simple, but ever effective way for me to draw near to God. Trust God and move forward:)