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Hi I'm Dan

I've been a single dad for 19 years, cub scout leader for almost as many. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm going back to school, even though some people think it's strange at this stage in life. I enjoy being involved in the church's Single Adult progam and often attend dances, classes and other events. Occasionally there are oppourtunities to help organize and run these event, which had led to developing a social network of friends that covers several a wide area. I'd rather choose to get involved than choose to be alone.

Why I am a Mormon

Frankly, I'd be really sad if I couldn't be! How could I possibly be happy in a confused or dimmer area when I've lived in and known a greater light?

How I live my faith

There's a favorite children's song: "I'm trying to be like Jesus." Even though I'm not always good at it, I enjoy learning, improving in understanding and sharing the spirit of those lessons with others.

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Dan
The Book of Mormon warns us about a thing called Priestcraft. Priestcraft is preaching for the sake of getting money and power. The Book of Mormon also extensively descripes how the priests, teachers, and even their king, labored with their own hands for their support. Accepting a paycheck for preaching is a disturbing and forgin concept to most Latter Day Saints. There are a number of problems with a paid ministry. A paid priest must answer to both his supervisors and to the local church board, and can't risk being too unpopular. Otherwise may lose his job. He must do all this while preparing a sermon each sunday and trying to personally tend a flock of hundreds, maybe thousands, all by himself. Things shouldn't be done this way. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Dan
When trying to market or sell a product, or in political campaigns, a certain ploy is often used: to paint a negative picture of the competition. Unfortunately, some groups feel they are competing with us, some resorting to painting a negative and exaggerated picture. There have been a number of "marketing campaigns" that have sadly become quite popular. "Mormons are a cult" is one of those marketing slogans. Other inaccurate but successful slogans have been put out: "Mormons aren't Christian," "Mormons are unAmerican," "Mormons are rich and oppressive," "Mormons believe in a 'different' Jesus." Then there is my personal favorite from the 1800's: "Mormon's have secret tunnels under London that lead all the way to Utah!" All these statements are equally false. Negative slogans often bring quick success to those who use them, but this success is often short lived. C.S. Lewis wrote that if you wanted someone to leave his shack, you shouldn't try to destroy the shack, for then he will fight for what little he has. If you want someone to leave his shack, build a mansion next door and invite him in. I believe I can develop a mansion of faith. Come and see! Show more Show less