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Hi I'm Daniel Ernest

I'm a Utah school librarian, Boy Scout, and a Mormon.

About Me

I am married to my sweetheart of 3 years. She is a Choral Education Major and I'm a school district level teacher librarian. I also work with the Boy Scouts as a High Adventure and Climbing Director at a summer camp with my dear wife. I have great passion for the great outdoors, particularly the National Parks. Hiking and backpacking are among my favorites. I also have a love of singing, particularly in choirs. I graduated as an Honors student from my university, am a current masters of library science student.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born to wonderful parents who were already members of the church. When I was young, I had thought that things I was taught made sense, but near the end of my high school education, I began to realize that I really didn't know for myself if all that I had been taught was really true. I began to ask questions to myself and I really wanted to know if God would answer my prayers if I asked Him about the Church. From then on I began to study the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures more seriously, I began to pray more sincerely, and I continued to keep God's commandments that I had been taught. Over time I began to have distinct, real answers in my heart that what I had been taught, and what I was continuing to learn was true, and that the path I was following was indeed correct. It didn't happen all at once in a grand event, but it happened many small times. Today, I still feel reassurances that God is listening, that this is right, and that I am on my way back to Him, with my family.

How I live my faith

The biggest help to my faith is prayer and scripture reading. My current assignment is assisting one of our leaders in encouraging others to come to Christ and his gospel including those who attend regularly, infrequently, or are new to the LDS church. We visit them regularly, inquiring about family needs they may have and sharing messages with them to help inspire them.

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Daniel Ernest
To return to our Heavenly Father, He asks us to have faith in his Son, Jesus Christ, to repent of our sins, and to do ordinances, or sacred ceremonies, to teach us more about his purpose for us and to make committments to keep his commandments. One of these is baptism. The Savior teaches in the Bible, in the book of John, and in the Book of Mormon, that all need to be baptized to enter into the kingdom of God. Because this ordinance is from God and is sacred, it needs to be done by someone who has had authority given to them from God. This authority is called Priesthood. God gave it to his prophets thorughout history. Jesus also had it and gave it to his apostles. It was has been given again today to worthy men who keep the commandments. When done in the proper way, by someone who has God's authority, baptism is an ordinance that lasts forever. Just like a regular citizen doesn't have the authority to write out a traffic violation, someone without God's authority cannot perform a binding ordinance of God. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Daniel Ernest
This life is one important step and important part of who mankind is. We believe that all in this world are actual children of God, our Heavenly Father. He loves us so very much and because of his love he gave us the opportunity to grow, to have families of our own, and to eventually return to his presence with our loved ones. He sent his Son, Jesus Christ, to sacrifice himself for all of mankind, and their sins, so that we could repent, become better and grow, and to live again after death. We can live with our Heavenly Father and our families forever, if we will do what He asks us and have faith in Jesus Christ. Show more Show less