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Hi I'm Dan

I'm an engineer, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am an electrical engineer by trade and have done some interesting and diverse things so far in life, from jumping out of airplanes for the Air Force to being a husband and father; from completing combat survival training to teaching the gospel to the good people in Russia; from making nanometer-sized electronics to making stereo amplifiers. I feel very blessed to be alive in this world at this time when so much is possible! I want others to know that it is OK to believe in God and in Jesus Christ and still be a respectable member of society. Many people claim that it is impossible to be believe in God and be a good scientist or engineer at the same time. While we who have faith do not know the answers to life's unanswered questions, we do believe that God lives and loves all His children. And that is good enough for me.

Why I am a Mormon

When God gave commandments to us--to love one another, to keep the sabbath day holy, to forgive one another, to pay tithes and offerings, to pray, to read the holy scriptures--He was prescribing a plan for a happy life. I have found that doing these things is not a burden, but they are ways I find peace in a troubled world. I love feeling the sweet influence of the Holy Ghost when I do them. I love helping others know that God lives and that He loves them.

How I live my faith

For me, living my faith is what I try to do everyday. I pray to my Heavenly Father for help in my work and in my responsibilities as a husband and father. I pray to be a good influence in the world, and then go out and try my best to be a good influence--to lift others, to have a good attitude about life, and to be a productive member of society. I read the scriptures to become closer to God. I try to do what Jesus taught by helping others. I try to live according to certain standards of conduct. On Sundays, our family worships together in sacrament meeting and in our other church meetings. We also make Sunday a day of peace, rest, and of focusing on spiritual things. These things bring peace and protection to my life.

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

Dan
Excellent question. It is a demonstration of God's love that He requires that baptism be performed by one having authority. Baptism is the entry way on the path back to God and is required for salvation. Authority in this respect is more important than a judge having authority in a court room. Judges decide things that pertain only to this life. These judges receive their authority according to the laws of the land. The things of eternal nature are determined by God and His laws. The person who has authority from God to baptize has power to do things that last throughout this life and in the next life. It is so important that these eternal things be done by someone who has authority. Show more Show less