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Hi I'm Dan

I grew up in Colorado and joined the Mormon Church while I was in the Army in Germany, 35 years ago.

About Me

I am a land surveyor and manage a small land surveying firm in Washington. I have been happily married for 38 years, and have six children and fourteen grandchildren. My other loves are motorcycle riding and photography.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a Catholic family, attended mass with my family each week, and served as an altar boy. I will always be grateful for the things I learned as a Catholic the Ten Commandments, the importance of family, the beginnings of a testimony of Christ. By the time I was a senior in high school, though, I began to question whether the Catholic Church really is the one true church, as it claimed to be, and wondered how I could find out for sure. About that time, members of the Gideon Society came to our high school, and passed out pocket-sized copies of the New Testament. Many of my friends made fun of the books, played catch with them, and otherwise desecrated them. But I put mine in my coat pocket, and took it home. Though we always had a Bible in our home, no one ever read it, and I would have felt uneasy doing so. But I could now read my own copy of the New Testament in the privacy of my bedroom, and immediately began doing so. It was a wonderful spiritual experience for me, as the Holy Ghost bore witness to me time and again of the truthfulness of the beautiful words on those pages of scripture. Reading the New Testament had a profound effect upon my life, and made me question the Catholic Church even more. Not knowing where else to turn, I simply decided that I would keep an open mind and hope that someday I would find even more truth. Several years later, after a series of remarkable events, I found myself skeptically reading The Book of Mormon. As I did, once again the Spirit bore undeniable witness to me that the words I was reading were pure, unadulterated truth. Again and again I found in that wonderful book, answers to questions that had long troubled me. The experience was at once wonderful and unsettling. Space does not permit me to relate the whole experience here. Suffice it to say that my wife and I were baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints on November 8, 1975. We have never regretted that decision.

How I live my faith

Freedom is something I am very passionate about. Before we came to this life on Earth, a great war in Heaven was waged over whether we would each be free to choose for ourselves, right or wrong, good or evil. That war continues today, and I feel compelled to stand for righteousness, truth and liberty, whether it be morally, spiritually or politically. The Savior taught, "If ye abide in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed and ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free." What a wonderful principle! There are so many voices seeking to deceive us and lead us into captivity, but if we come unto Christ and strive to live His Gospel, we will be able to discern truth from error, and remain free, in every sense of the word.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Dan
There really is no such thing as "Mormonism". Mormon was a prophet who lived on the American Continent in the fourth century AD, and compiled records of previous prophets back to about 600 BC. That group of records is called The Book of Mormon in honor of that great prophet. The real question is, "How can I know whether The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is, in fact, the true church established by Christ and restored to the earth through Joseph Smith?" Well, don't take our word for it! Read The Book of Mormon. Ask God if it's true. It's really that simple. Show more Show less