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Hi I'm Daniel

I grew up in the Salt Lake City area. I want to become a jazz saxophonist. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a recent high school graduate. While growing up, I spent the first half of my schooling in Texas, and then the other half in Utah. I've always loved playing, studying, and periodically, composing music. I started playing clarinet in the fifth grade, but then I started playing saxophone my sophomore year and found I liked it better. In the Utah all-state band my senior year, I came in second on the baritone saxophone. Other things I enjoy doing are solving Rubik's Cubes and other similar puzzles. My fastest time is 16.67 seconds for the standard one, but I own over twenty different puzzles that I solve regularly. I also love hiking to the top of the peaks around my house with my dad during the summer months. The highest peak I've done is Utah's high point, Kings Peak (13,528 feet). I love camping with my friends and going into the outdoors. When I go off to college, I'm hoping to either major in music composition or mechanical engineering. I'm not sure which.

Why I am a Mormon

I've been a Mormon all my life. I was born into the church to a loving family that has raised me and taught me about the church. As far as I can tell, having the gospel of Jesus Christ in my life has made and kept me a better person. Without it, I can tell you I would not be where I need to be. It gives me hope and a desire to move forward and improve myself. The church especially helped me in my teenage years. It kept me out of trouble and helped me know that I was doing the right things. The happiness and joy I've seen it bring to my family is something that I want everyone to have. I believe that I will be with my family for eternity and that they will always be with me. I can testify to anyone who is in question that the church will not only help you improve your way of life, but also strengthen family relationships and bonds, and make your life better.

How I live my faith

In my ward/branch, since I'm still young, I haven't had any major responsibilities or callings, but there have been things that I've actively participated in. My dad and I were in charge of visiting and teaching with a few families every month. When we would visit each family, we'd usually talk with them for a bit. We'd ask how things have been going, if anything exciting had happened to them, or any number of things. For example, there was one brother we would visit who was a sports fanatic, so we had an enjoyable time talking about sports and things we loved about them. After talking with the family and making sure things were going well with them, either me or my dad would share a message from the scriptures and explain how it applies to our lives. We always made sure these families knew that we were open to assist or help them with anything they needed. Periodically we'd be called on to help. For example, one time, one of the families needed help transporting a weight set from one house to another. Having a truck, I drove over, helped them load the weight set into the back of my truck, and assisted them with everything involved. Participating in this calling and responsibility allowed me to help others, expecting nothing in return. I always felt better walking away from these experiences than I did entering them.