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Hi I'm Danielle

I grew up on a cattle ranch in Montana. I'm a PhD student. I love all things music, and all things outdoors. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up on a cattle ranch in Montana. Because the area my family lived was so rural, I attended a one-room school until the middle of my 7th grade year. Yep, that's right, one room. There were 4 kids in the entire school, k-8th grade. When I hit 7th grade, my parents made the decision to move to a different part of the state, so that my family could stay together while my brother and I attended high school. Otherwise, the high school would have been so far away (over an hour each way) that my mom, brother, and I would have had to move into town while Dad stayed out on the ranch. Even at the larger school, my graduating class only had 10 people. I love any and all things outside, especially hiking/climbing up in the mountains. I also love any and all things music. Music and outdoorsy-type stuff help keep me sane--right now I'm working my way through a PhD in agricultural economics and it's nice to have a break from all of the analysis and logic. I love laughing and making others laugh, my friends and family, the smell of rain, the sound of basketball, and the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up not really attending any church. One of my parents is LDS; the other is not, so it was just easier to avoid the whole issue. I always believed that God existed, but never really thought it affected me. My parents didn't go to church, so why did it matter whether I did or not? I honestly don't know that I can explain what changed for me, but I'll try and hope it makes sense. Around my junior year of high school, I really started to struggle with depression. I wasn't sure if the values I had grown up with really meant anything, or if they were just someone's idea of what was right. I asked my mom for a copy of the Book of Mormon, and read a couple chapters, but things didn't really click for me until I finally got frustrated with everything in my life one night and knelt down and said a prayer to know if the Gospel was true. That night, I got the answer that it was, but it was still a long road ahead for me because I didn't really know what to do with the answer I got. Long story short, I eventually chose to be baptized because there was something inside my heart that kept pulling me towards the Gospel. I wasn't sure why I had that feeling--looking back I know it was the Holy Ghost touching my heart--but I knew that I wanted the Gospel in my life. I have never regretted the decision that I made to be baptized. Even though at the time I didn't see how it could have any impact on my life, I have come to see without a doubt that the Gospel does make a difference. I am not the same person today that I was years ago when I made the decision to be baptized. The Gospel doesn't make life easier, but it does make us stronger.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by just trying to genuinely love and care about everyone that I meet. That might sound cliche, but I really believe that no matter what position or responsibility an individual holds within a community or church, their impact will be infinitely magnified if they love the people they're serving or working with. Christ saw the value of every single person who lives or ever has lived on this earth--it's part of why He made the sacrifice He did. What better way to follow Christ than to try and see the same worth in every soul that He saw?