Hi I'm Dan
I'm a father of 5 children, two of my own, and 3 step-sons, in addition to four wonderful Grandchildren. I am a retired Disabled American Veteran having served in the US Coast Guard, US National Park Service and recently retired from American Airlines. While my work history was exciting it pales in comparison to what is truly the most important part of my life; my family. I am very musically inclined and have enjoyed singing with large musical organizations over the years. My wife and I love to travel and get to know other cultures and regions of the world.
Why I am a Mormon
While I was born into the Mormon Faith, but I really didn't understand the teachings of the Savior and the value of religion until one day when life's hardships forced me to look inwardly in self assessment and forced myself to look at what really mattered in this life. I found that aside from my family, the gospel principles that had been there all my life were a stabilizing, uplifting, and guiding influence for myself and my family. I found that living the Gospel of Jesus Christ inwardly and outwardly on a constant basis was all I truly needed to be happy. The more tangible parts of this life are fleeting, but faith in my savior, and the eternal nature of my family are all that matters.
How can your talents and gifts bless others?
I firmly believe that every person is endowed with talents that are unique to them. I have been blessed with the ability to sing, and to openly share that talent with others. I have been blessed to be able to sing with a very large talented choir and orchestra. Together we have brought the spirit of the gospel, pride in our country, and enjoyment of the seasons to many people. I charish this talent and could not imagine my life without it. I have been told after several concerts by non-member friends that the feeling and spirit of the concert was like none other that they had experienced. It is this ability to share my belief in Jesus Christ, his teachings, and his gospel that I value most. These talents are also shared in the home through song, musical instrument, and mutual enjoyment of good music. This brings our family much closer as we share and build these talents with each other.
How I live my faith
In today's world, it is difficult to live one's religion to it's fullest. That's what I love about my Church, it provides me with a guidance and direction that cannot be found anywhere else on earth. Recently, as debilitating health issues started to arise there were times when I would feel that everything was hopeless and that I didn't have any useful purpose left in life. At those moments, I knew that I could turn to my Savior to find peace and guidance. I know that He has placed for me the means to overcome my burdens in the form of Scripture, parents, family, and leaders that can help me through the worst of life's challenges, helping me to see the positive aspects of life and depth of my spiritual capabilities, talents, and blessings when compared to my physical inabilities.