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Hi I'm Dan

I'm a Mormon. I play basketball with my kids, attend their soccer and baseball games. I like to garden.

About Me

 I like rock climbing, play board games, and take my kids out target practicing. I spend the summer mowing the lawn and the winter behind a snow thrower. I like to read, but prefer books on tape. I prefer riding a bike to running.

Why I am a Mormon

 I was raised in the church and always envied people who joined the church as an adult, but I realized the church was true after reading the Book of Mormon for myself and praying about it. I felt a peaceful feeling that told me the book was the word of God and that belief has sustained my faith. I continue to feel spiritual promptings when I pray, which help me solve problems at work, with my family, and in the service I do in the church. I've studied religions of the world and see great philosophies but none that even claim to be the true church or to have the things the Bible references, things like prophets, apostles, and the authority to act in God's name. I feel this is the only true church on the earth and as I mentioned, I'm constantly amazed that no other churches challenge our assertion by showing how they have more truth or authority than we do - they just rely on their traditions. But we have 14 million people who all feel differently and our strength is building while they shrink.

How I live my faith

 I currently serve as the minister for our congregation. I oversee the youth ministries, run the weekly services, meet with and counsel with church members who have personal matters, and oversee the administrative business of the congregation.

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Dan
 Frankly, we donate a load more than 10 to the church. I have friends in other religions who can't believe how much we give. They speak to me of time, tithe and talents and by their measure the total is 20 or more when you add it all up, but I don't think of it that way. I look at offerings as a way to show the Lord my gratitude for all the blessings he has given me in my life, especially when I consider where I'd be without His influence and blessings. The basis of the Law of Tithing is outlined in the Old Testament. Prophets in the Bible speak of being able to secure blessings from God in exchange for donating a portion of what we earn to the church. This is even the issue that caused Able to fight with and eventually kill his brother. Our modern prophets have affirmed the value of the principle and have promised us that we'll be blessed just like people who lived in Biblical times. But I live the law of tithing because when I do, I see the blessings, both spiritual and temporal blessings. I find our financial situation improves when I pay 10 of my income to the church and I don't want to lose those blessings for my family. Show more Show less