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Hi I'm Dan

I'm a Mormon. I'm a convert of over 40 years. I am a professor, husband, father, and grandfather.

About Me

I am a father. My wife and I have seven children and 16 grandchildren. These are the most important people in our lives. I am also a professor of recreation and sport management at a major western university. I have spent my entire career in the recreation profession, having worked in California, Utah, Kansas, Iowa, Indiana, and Nevada.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I initially found a resonance with my personal beliefs. Being a Mormon opened spiritual doors for me that I didn't even know were closed. The commitment to family was all important. We had one daughter when we joined the Church. Today we have 7 children and 19 grandchildren. We believe that we will have an eternal family - that we will all be together with our ancestors and our current and future family and live with our Heavenly Father. I am also a member because of the truth of the teaching of Christ that have been made evident to me as I study the scriptures - the Old and New Testament and the Book of Mormon. The scriptures provide a grounding and understanding of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, of the expectations and opportunities He affords us and of the great love that He has given to us through the atonement. I am a Mormon because I found a faith that focuses on people living and working together to create a better world. A world where we can worship as we please; where we can express our love for each other; where we can find happiness through our love of Jesus Christ; where we know that our strength comes not from ourselves, but from the great faith we have in Christ and the blessings that come from obedience - an obedience that is freedom. I love this Church. I love the Lord. I love the opportunities we have to serve each other. I love the strength this has brought to our family. I love the enduring and eternal message the Gospel has created in our lives. I love the strength our family gains daily from having the Gospel in our live.

How I live my faith

I am a ward mission leader. My role is to help members of the Church to find potential new members and to take the Gospel of Jesus Christ to them. I work with the missionaries assigned to our ward to assist them in teaching investigators (those interested in the LDS Church), strengthening new members, and working with members to grow and strengthen int he Gospel.

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

I believe that our family will be united forever. As a convert this was an interesting doctrine. My wife and I joined when we were 24 with one child. Today, some 42 years, 7 children, and 19 grandchildren later this truth is a binding force for our family. We lost a grandson when he was almost 14. As a family we have grown and strengthened knowing that we will see him someday and that he is STILL a member of our family and always will be. Knowing about eternal families changes the way we approach life, relationships, and decisions. Our family is a tower of strength in a world that is struggling to find happiness. That happiness is in the family. Are we all perfect? No! And our families are not perfect either, but we are trying to grow and learn one with another. We take great strength from our relationships with each other and that strength rolls over into creating strong families. We actually enjoy being together and sharing. It can be hectic when we are all together, but it is a good hectic. There is a bond of love. Sister McLean and I love to sit back and watch our family interact and enjoy one another. The Gospel of Jesus Christ through the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has given us this knowledge, testimony, and strength in our quest for eternal families. Show more Show less