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Hi I'm Dan.

A dad and husband. A music-lover. A pediatric dentist. And a Mormon.

About Me

My greatest blessings are my wife, my two kids, and all our extended family. I am someone who values grit and determination. I am an overcomer. I am hard on myself but learning to get off my own case. Life's not about being perfect– it's about being happy, and "perfect in Christ" through repentance. Changes and challenges, while difficult and sometimes painful, make my life have meaning and purpose.

Why I am a Mormon

I have learned that happiness is a choice rather than a search or future condition; that faith and God answering that faith is a process rather than an event; and that my life is up to me. Life is now, and I found I couldn't wait any longer to change. I was living with addictions and felt stuck, shackled to the ground... for years. But I have chosen to follow Christ– to believe Christ. Now, His way is what's giving me more freedom, freedom to be myself, to enjoy life. Every day is a new opportunity. I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God– God's words He's given to His servants through inspiration, for me. I know it's true, just as the Bible is, because I feel it when I read it. I have prayed to know, and I have felt it in my heart, and seen it in my life. It teaches me and reading it brings His influence into my life. The Book of Mormon gives me power to change. Of myself, I am a nobody, and my shortcomings drag me down into depression and addiction. I have to have light in my life to have a chance at happiness, and I have found it. That light is real. It's Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

"When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad." What matters? To me, what makes me happy is what matters. Abraham Lincoln said, "When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad." If I live right, according to Christ's gospel, life is good– real good. I have so many blessings: my wife, my children, all my family and friends... my relationship with God, my opportunities. I can choose what I want my life to be. I can have unlimited "second tries" in life. This is because of Jesus Christ. He makes everything right. He helps me let it go if something didn't go my way or someone may have done me wrong. He replaces my weaknesses with strengths. He makes my shortcomings seem insignificant, and He offers me a blank slate when I make a mistake, if I but ask for His help. Every day is a learning experience– and God designed it for me, to allow me to learn and grow into a better version of me... closer to Him. But I have to be open to His way. I feel more whole, more free, as I live this way. I have tried to do things my way, and I wasn't happy. I felt alone, distant from God, and I was even distancing myself from those around me. So I remember to look up and seek His influence, and choose happiness.