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Hi I'm Dan

I am a father of 6 and grew up and still live in Arizona. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a father of 6 great kids, one who passed away at the age of 5 to a brain tumor. I have been married for almost 25 years to the love of my life and wouldn't have it any other way. I completed college later in life with an Associate degree in Electronics, and then moved on to gain a Bachelor's in Information Technology and eventually completed an MBA at the age of 42. I decided to do this to better my chances at providing for my family and would call the moves a success. I play guitar and love creating my own music and songs. It gives me an outlet to explore my own creativity and help calm a stressful day. I listen to alternative acoustic style music, I am not into listening to what is deemed popular. I like things that have real heart and not just pushed from the mainstream music industry. I also love sports, still get out and play basketball from time to time. Watching football, baseball, and basketball are on my "to do" list when I have time. I love the Gospel of Jesus Christ and am humbled to be a part of it. I try my best to ensure that I learn as much as I can about our Heavenly Father's plan for us. I enjoy spending time with my family and always ensure a "date night" every week with my wife.

Why I am a Mormon

My wife and I converted to the Church in 1993. At the time I worked with a few members of the church. I was impressed with the way they conducted themselves and how they held true to their faith. Through their examples I became interested and started to ask them questions about their church. From the beginning I found that I held many of the same beliefs and once I started to read the Book of Mormon everything I was experiencing seemed very familiar. I learned of our true natures as sons and daughters of a loving Heavenly Father and the awesome potential each one of has in this world and the next. I have also gained an understanding of great gift we have in the Savior Jesus Christ- whose great and perfect example provides us with a true understanding of our divine nature. I am most grateful for his gift of the Atonement and have felt it work in my life. It is truly inspiring to know that the only perfect being the world has ever known took upon himself the sins and sorrows of the world, was resurrected, and showed us how we can truly be saved and gain the gift of eternal life. My testimony has grown so much since becoming a member of this church. Nothing impacted me more then when our son was diagnosed with a brain tumor in January of 1999. The doctors told us that he would not live, we were devastated at the news. What we found was that during that time that we saw the best in people during the most difficult. People in the Church helped us out with our other children, driving them back and forth to school, bringing in dinners, and helping in all kinds of ways- we saw the Savior's love in the way we were treated by the members in our ward. After 6 months battling the tumor our son passed away. People ask me how we were able to stay strong and positive during this time and after. I tell them it is because of my membership in Church and my understanding that we will see him again and that families are truly are together forever.

How I live my faith

As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints I get to participate in many ways to help the membership of our church and help in the community. In my calling in the Church I work along side many of the auxiliaries in our local ward. I help to plan weekly church services, which includes our sacrament meeting (Worship Service), and prayerfully consider members for roles within our ward to teach the youth, serve as youth leaders, Sunday school teachers, and those who teach adults. Myself and other leaders also plan socials and other gatherings for the membership to be able to fellowship with each other to build a stronger unity and bond in our ward. I am engaged in visiting members of the ward also, to see how they are doing, seeing if they may require any help, and ensuring they are being fed spiritually. When visiting the members I bring along one of my sons and it is always a rewarding activity to feel of the spirit that resides in the homes of those we see. As a family we make sure we spend time together. Every week we have a family night. This night is dedicated to giving our time to the family and ensuring that we do something fun and also learn more of the gospel, which helps to strengthen us as a family. The church provides me the opportunity to serve others. By serving others I feel closer to the Savior and feel the love he has for me and those I am serving.