Hi I'm Daniel
I grew up in Wisconsin. I like novels, marathons, folk guitar, and ice cream. I'm a Mormon.
I grew up in a large family. My dad was in the army for a while, and even after, we moved around quite a bit. I've visited or lived in most of the 50 states. I've also traveled to a number of countries in Europe and South America. I am married and have 7 children. 6 are adopted. My wife and I met in high school. I take karate classes with one of my sons. I like music and drama, but I don't have a lot of free time for those activities right now. I studied Spanish and linguistics in college, and I have an MBA. I work at a small software startup.
I was raised in a Mormon home. My parents are good people who set an excellent example for me. I respected them and had no doubt that our faith was an source of peace and stability through life's ups and downs. Still, I felt a need to find out for myself if what they talked about was really true. I attended a pentecostal service with one of my friends. I attended a Catholic parochial school. I read the Bible all the way through at age 14. I later read the Book of Mormon. I prayed sincerely to know how God felt about the doctrines I had learned. My answer came over time, as a series of impressions to my heart--layer upon layer of love, warmth, and light. My core simply resonated. I feel like C.S. Lewis, who said that he believed in Christianity "as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else." The truths of the gospel of Jesus Christ help all of life to have meaning.
I teach a Sunday School class every other week. This year the course of study is the Old Testament, and I've recently prepared lessons about Moses, the Exodus, Samson, David and Goliath, and the Psalms. I'm looking forward to Isaiah. I also visit a couple families in our congregation to make sure that they are doing okay, and to encourage them to do some basic things like have family prayer, read the scriptures, and so forth. Sometimes we get chances to participate in service projects. I've canned peaches and pruned orchards to provide food for those who need it. There is a state school for physically and mentally disabled adults near our home, and sometimes we volunteer there--working on the grounds, pushing wheelchairs for week night "dances", and accompanying people to church services.