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Hi I'm Dan

I'm a father of three daughters and have a wonderful wife. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

At work, I design and support internal websites. When I'm not working, I enjoy spending time with my wife and three young daughters. We love getting away to our favorite camping spot just outside Stanley, Idaho, fairly close to Redfish Lake. I served a Spanish-speaking mission in Argentina then joined the U.S. Navy. While I served in the Navy, I spent more than two years as a translator at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. After I left the Navy when my enlistment expired, I began work at my current employer in 2001 in Boise, Idaho.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into an LDS household, so I have always known the "Mormon" life. I have a personal testimony of what many other Christians believe--that Jesus is the Savior of the world and that He atoned for my sins and set me free. And I also have a testimony that Joseph Smith was called by God and fulfilled a prophetic mission. It is my testimony that he translated the Book of Mormon by the gift and power of God. I recently came across a passage in the Book of Mormon I've read dozens of times before, in Jacob 5, but this time it struck me differently. Jacob 5 is an allegory of an olive tree whose branches are withering. It pains the master of the vineyard that he should lose the tree, so he calls servants to dig about the tree and nourish it. He does everything in his power to save the tree. The lesson I take now from this is how much the Father loves each of His children personally. We matter to Him, each in a unique and individual way. He is a God of miracles and is a God of personal love. He loves you, and He loves me; and He will do all in His power--short of robbing us of our agency to choose--to help us grow in the way He knows we will benefit so that we can return to be with Him and His Beloved Son Jesus Christ again some day. Truth is the object of my desire, for God is truth. Knowledge about our Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus, Christ, are very important to me. I learn about them as I worship with all my heart and as I live the precepts They taught and continue to teach. When I live in the way Jesus has asked me to live, he confirms it through the power of the Holy Ghost, which I generally understand as a strong feeling of peace.

How I live my faith

I am my ward's Gospel Doctrine teacher, a calling I really enjoy. We study the Old and New Testaments, along with the Book of Mormon and Church History, and I'm seeing how merciful the Lord has always been with His people. I'm also seeing how important it is for us to stand with the Lord, especially in these very difficult times. His arm is reached out for us, and all we have to do is to turn towards Him and hold it. I have three little girls, so I make sure we have special family time at least once a week where my wife and I can teach them the truths we know. We pray and eat as a family, and that helps us stay close to each other and to Heavenly Father. I can tell that my spending time with my daughters gives them the assurance that I love them and care for them. I am also a home teacher, which means I have been asked to watch over a few families within our congregation's boundaries. Being a home teacher means I help the families feel welcome when they come to church, look after their needs, and ensure they know I am someone they can call as a friend. I believe that we learn what we really believe when our beliefs are really tested, and that often comes by way of our life's experiences. I also believe that wherever I have a weakness, if I believe that God can work a miracle in my life and sufficiently humble myself in prayer to Him, He will turn my weaknesses into strengths for me. I want to be useful to Him and be a wise and faithful servant in His purposes. Maybe I can do that by sharing these few words with someone I don't know.

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

The Word of Wisdom is the Lord's counsel to us, given originally to His prophet, Joseph Smith. The Word of Wisdom is a code of health we live. Among the nuggets of treasure found in the Doctrine and Covenants 89 is a promise that we can find hidden treasures of knowledge if we adhere to the counsel given in the Word of Wisdom. When I was in the Navy, I had studied for several days for a particularly difficult test. I had prayed, studied, and generally done all I could think of doing for the Lord to pour out His blessings to me. The night before the test, I still felt underprepared to pass the test. So I knelt at my bedside while I was all alone. I prayed to Heavenly Father. And while I prayed, the thought came to my mind of the promise of finding "hidden treasures of knowledge," as found in the Word of Wisdom. I paused my prayer and took a quick inventory of my life. I was obeying this counsel. Then, another verse of scripture came immediately to mind which promises that the Lord is bound when we do what He says. I knew I had been obedient and felt a surge of confidence that I attribute to Him. The next day, I was full of faith and confidence as I took the test. Answers came to my mind, and I had tremendous clarity and recall. I know this was the Lord's blessing as a result of my heeding His counsel in the Word of Wisdom. Show more Show less