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Hi I'm Dan

I am happily married and father of four. I'm an Oral Surgeon in the US Army. I love to travel the US and the world. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am happily married and the father of four. I love my wife and children. They are the world to me. I continually long for more time with my family. I am currently in an oral and maxillofacial surgery residency and also serve in the US Army. The one thing that my family and I love most is to travel. We have lived on the east coast, the southern and western parts of the US and even Alaska. Each place has afforded us the opportunity to travel all over those areas. We hope to next find ourselves in Germany where we can spend a few years traveling all over Europe.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was seventeen years old, I choose to take a trip alone into the nearby mountains where I lived to figure out what I was going to do with my life. I spent much of the time hiking and thinking about my future. I felt confused and frustrated about a number of things and decided to take the issue to God in prayer. I prayed through much the next day and night wanting to know what God wanted me to do. I had a great feeling of peace and joy that I should serve God as a member of the Mormon Church. Never have I felt so sure about anything than I did that night alone in the woods. For the next 17 years I have had continual confirmations that I had made the right decision.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith every day in the way I spend my time with my family and in how I conduct myself at work and home. As a surgical resident over the past few years, I have felt tired and worn out much of the time but I have felt it necessary to come home to my family with energy and enthusiasm. Many times I have raced home to be with my family for dinner or an activity and to read to my children before bed. Afterwards, this has required that I go back to work and resulted in very late nights with little sleep. This has been a test for me and I have felt support and even physical strength from my faith as I have worked to be the husband and father that I feel I should be despite the strain from long hours and stressful work. Never did I think it possible to function on as little sleep as I get sometimes but the Lord has sustained me and blessed my home. It has always been important to me to be a part of the lives of my children in a positive and productive way. I value my family above all. Along with my family time, I try to visit members of our church monthly to assist with their needs. I also teach Sunday School to the young men of our church in hopes that they will become good future husbands, fathers, and members of their communities. After my residency, I do hope to do more for my church, community and country. Until then, I continue to try and be a support and help to those around me at the hospital.