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Hi I'm Daniel

I'm a husband and father. I like nonfiction, old movies, and bacon. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have four kids. I work in healthcare. I come from a pretty large family, with a brother and six sisters. I like to talk politics and try to answer life's big questions. I don't like small talk. I like sports, though it's mostly just watching sports these days. My favorite movie is Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. I'm an Eagle Scout and former Scoutmaster. I studied in Jerusalem at the BYU Jerusalem Center. I served a two-year mission in Guatemala.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a mormon because the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints helps me become a better person. Probably like most people, I would rather watch a movie or a football game or read a book than take the time to help someone in need. But Christ taught otherwise. He said, and I've found it to be true, that service is the key to the abundant life (John 10:10). I'm also a mormon because I love to learn and the gospel of Jesus Christ has been an endless source of truth and learning for me. Since I was little I've tried to understand the why's behind things and the Church of Jesus Christ has provided me with the answers. I've always been interested in why people behave the way we do and the scriptures have helped me avoid doing things just because everybody else is doing it. For example, the Book of Mormon says that we tend to forget what God has done for us when things get easy--"then is the time that they do harden their hearts, and do forget the Lord their God, and do trample under their feet the Holy One--yea, and this because of their ease" (Helaman 13:2). The gospel of Jesus Christ has helped me to be careful and try to do the right things for the right reasons.

How I live my faith

The Church encourages families to spend time together--in activities, during mealtimes, family night, reading scriptures, praying, and counciling together. I try to regularly spend one-on-one time with each of my children to talk with them and do something that they think is fun. I also spend a good deal of time working with the congregation where I live. When I was a Scoutmaster I helped organize merit badge instruction, campouts, and service projects like Scouting for Food. Right now, my responsibilities include asking members of the congregation to speak in one of our Sunday meetings, clean the building, and perform many other assignments. Of course this is all volunteer work, but people usually agree to help. I also still spend some time with the youth groups.

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Daniel
We believe that "except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God" (John 3:5). We also believe that God loves all his children and wouldn't condemn them for no fault of their own. He has provided a way for everyone to have an opportunity to accept Christ and be baptized, even those who never heard about Jesus Christ in this life. Members of the Church of Jesus Christ are "baptized for the dead" (1 Corinthians 15:29) so those who have passed on can have the opportunity to enter into the kingdom of God if they accept Christ in the next life. Show more Show less

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

Daniel
The Lord commanded Joseph Smith to practice polygamy as he had commanded prophets in the Bible--Abraham, Moses, and others. According to his nephew Joseph F. Smith, "When that principle was revealed to the prophet Joseph Smith, he very naturally shrank in his feelings. . . . It was not until an angel of God with a drawn sword stood before him, and commanded that he should enter into the practice of that principle or he should be utterly destroyed or rejected, that he moved forward to reveal and establish that doctrine" (Journal of Discourses, vol. 20, p. 29, July 7, 1878). The Lord revealed to later prophets that polygamy should no longer be practiced among the Latter-day Saints. Show more Show less

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Daniel
Yes. Many have sacrificed and died to bring us the Holy Bible. It is one of the greatest treasures there is in the world. While we regard the Bible as Scripture and the word of God, we also believe God has called prophets and apostles today and that there are more witnesses of Christ than one. We also believe the Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and Pearl of Great Price to be Scripture and the word of God. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Daniel
The Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ, states, "We talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ" (2 Nephi 25:26). While some wish to define Christianity in an exclusivistic way, we believe Christians are those who strive to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ and accept Him as the Savior and Redeemer. We also belive that the Church of Jesus Christ must be "built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone" (Ephesians 2:20). Jesus Christ is the reason we have a church, The Chuch of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Take away Christ from our religion and we have no religion. Show more Show less

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

Daniel
There are no restrictions based on race or color in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Book of Mormon teaches that "all are alike unto God" (2 Nephi 26:33). We are all beloved children of God and are therefore all brothers and sisters. Prior to 1978, blacks were not able to have the priesthood. In 1978, the Lord revealed to the prophet that all worthy men could have the priesthood. There are now members of the Church throughout the world, including over 300,000 in Africa. We believe, with Paul, that "God is no respecter of persons" (Acts 10:34) and that we "are all one in Christ Jesus" (Galatians 3:28). Presidents of the Church have repeatedly spoken out against racial predudice. Spencer W. Kimball said that "there is no place for it in the gospel of Jesus Christ” (The Teachings of Spencer W. Kimball, ed. Edward L. Kimball [1982], 237). Gordon B. Hinckley has said, "No man who makes disparaging remarks concerning those of another race can consider himself a true disciple of Christ" (“The Need for Greater Kindness,” Ensign, May 2006). And Howard W. Hunter has said, “Race makes no difference; color makes no difference; nationality makes no difference. The brotherhood of man is literal” ("All Are Alike Unto God," BYU Devotional Speeches, Provo, Utah, 1979, pp. 32-36). Show more Show less