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Hi I'm Daniel

I'm 32. I'm a husband, a dad, a mortgage guy. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My wife and I have 4 young kids. #5 will be along soon. We like the beach, road trips and watching movies.

Why I am a Mormon

My dad always told me that having kids made him turn to religion for help. Because he did, and he found the Mormon church before I was born, I grew up as a member of the church. I remember ditching Sunday School whenever I could get away with it as a kid. Church was just something my parents made me do. On my 17th birthday, my dad wrote me a letter. He's always been an elementary school teacher and school principal, so he likes doing things like that. But for some reason, this one hit home for me. He told me that I was becoming a man, and it was time to grow up. He told me that if I was going to go out and be a missionary for 2 years when I turned 19, that I only had 2 years to prepare. I don't know why, but I took that advice to heart. I always had it in my head that I wanted to go on a mission. I started praying. I started studying the scriptures. And I started thinking about what it all meant to me. That's when I starting to understand that the gospel of Jesus Christ is true. It brought real meaning and purpose into my life, and I wanted to go out and share it with other people. I spent age 19 to 21 as a missionary in Tokyo, Japan. Now that I'm a dad myself, I understand what my dad meant about kids making him turn to religion. The church means something different to me now. When I look at the world around me, it seems like fewer and fewer people have morals and integrity. It makes me worry about how that's going to affect my kids. I need all the help I can get to raise them right. The church gives me a structure and a network of people with the same goals. Sunday School teachers, other moms & dads, church leaders, extended family. Everybody helps.

How I live my faith

I just try my best to do what's right. A great man once said that the great thing about the gospel of Jesus Christ is that I don't have to believe anything that's not true. I have a busy family, a busy job, and church responsibilities called Home Teacher and Ward Mission Leader. I do my best to put family first and balance these 3 areas of focus.