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Hi I'm Daniel

I'm a student of physical therapy. I love running and cooking, or just food in general. I'm a Mormon

About Me

I recently moved to Las Vegas to pursue a Doctorate of Physical Therapy. It has been one of the most challenging experiences of my life but one of the most rewarding at the same time. I love food! Honestly, everything about food, I'm all about: food network, cookbooks, free samples at Costco. I try to experiment and mess around with new spices or ingredients I've never used, and sometimes it works out, sometimes not so much. I love to run! Honestly there's nothing better than a rolling dirt trail going on for miles on a clear, sunny morning. My parents are immigrants to the US, so I'm Latino and proud of it! Even if I was born here in the US, speak Spanish with a clumsy accent, and dance Salsa with stiff hips.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was born into this Church, that is not the reason why I'm Mormon. I've been blessed to be able to find the truth of it all for myself, independent of any other person including my family and friends. I know that it's not just a pleasant way of life, something that makes you feel good on a bad day. I know it's not just a social network where you find a place of belonging. I know that everything that is taught in this Church is true. I know that it is what Heavenly Father wants for His children. The first thing I ever came to know was that there is a Father in Heaven. He is not a mere bystander, observing us as we stumble through this life, nor is He a mere counselor or guide. He is a concerned, involved Father, and desires to give us everything that is beautiful, not only in this life but the next. He is real, and we can communicate with Him through prayer. I know as well that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, that He lived and died and lived again. I know that His sacrifice was real but more than that, it was personal. I know that He did it with me in mind, and through it, all difficulties and pains that we can go through in this life can be overcome. I know that this Church is His Church and that He guides it through modern Apostles and Prophets.

How I live my faith

Being in physical therapy school has been a real opportunity to learn how to balance and also to sacrifice for the Lord. Last semester was extremely busy, but I made the decision to include the Lord the best I could with the resources I could give. Mornings before early class and late evenings after a day of studying I would spend in prayer, thanking the Lord for the opportunity to be in physical therapy school, but also pleading for help to stay in it! I spent my short time between classes on some couches underneath the stairs reading the scriptures. I chose to not study at all on Sunday, but instead spent my day going to church meetings and doing my various callings and responsibilities. Once a month on Saturday I would go to the Las Vegas temple and do work there for several hours. This proved to be one of the best decisions I could have made. It not only gave me an opportunity to separate and refresh myself from my classes, but the Lord really honored the time I gave Him. He blessed me in my studies, but more importantly He blessed me with a real increase in faith. I had the privilege to be able to serve a two year mission for the Church in Spain. Although at times it was difficult, it turned out to be one of the best experiences in my life. It taught me to love others, and what it feels like to be an influence in someone else's life for good. It is the reason I chose to become a physical therapist. I have grown to love seeing people's lives change for the better.