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Hi I'm Dan

I am a happy family man. On my quest for answers I found more than I expected hitchhiking through SLC. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a husband to my beautiful and wonderful, may I add, wife Susan and we are the proud parents of 8 children ranging in age from 8 to 26. We recently added a daughter in law and a son in law to our family and I couldn't be happier about that. I am a Family Practice Physician and I love my job! I love to play with my family, on the lake, on the golf course, or at the beach. I take great joy in seeing my children do well. I began a quest for a better way of life at 18. I read Jonathan Livingston Seagull and Life after Life and knew in a quiet yet wonderful way that we were here for a greater purpose than to just live and die and that we would live after our bodies died. My friend and I went on a expedition to the west to live in the mountains in solitude and try to find the path that our lives could take. Through a series of adventures we came in contact with a members of the Mormon church and we felt the wonderful promptings renewed and enlarged that led us on our quest. We knew that we had found what we had been looking for. After study and contemplation we sought for the blessings of baptism and being part of the church. After our baptism we went to the mountains of Montana and mined gold and continued to expand our understanding of our new found faith. As I have learned and developed my faith in Christ and and all that He has made possible in my life, my life has been a great joy and adventure. My key has been to put God first and everything else is added.

Why I am a Mormon

I came in contact with the Mormons hitchhiking through Salt Lake City in 1977. Jamie, my best friend from high school, and I were determined to live in the mountains of the west and find the purpose for our existence. A church member picked us up and asked what we were doing. We told him of our quest and he said he answer our questions about life. Though initially skeptical, we felt the power of the message of the gospel of Jesus Christ and a spirit of joy and peace we could not deny. We both joined the church at that time. My life since has been an amazing journey including a mission among the wonderful polynesian people of the Cook Islands speaking Maori as well as meeting my wife in the French language house at Brigham Young University and raising a large family together. The church has filled the inner most desires of my heart and helped me to come to know God and His Son in a way I had never thought possible. I often feel that I am the happiest man on earth and I don't feel bad because I am always happy to share the formula I was introduced to 37 years ago.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by listening to and following the spirit that leads me to do good. I love to talk to God and read the writings of men and women who have followed a higher road. When I pray I try to count my many blessings and opportunities and be grateful. I also get inspiration as I take the lead from great leaders as to what I can do to best serve others. I try to read the Book of Mormon in French and Spanish daily out loud to improve my language but more importantly to get new insights into my life and how I can stay close to God. My children and I memorize scriptures when I take them to school, they have amazing abilities to learn and retain what they learn. I think our favorite is "trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not to thine own understanding". I want be sure that my family is doing well and then I love to share the truths that have made me free from guilt and worry (most of the time), and darkness and despair. As I serve others I find myself. Learning to love as Christ does is the continuing goal of my life. The most direct path I have found to this goal is the gospel of Jesus Christ. I find that living my faith is what I love to do. The more I listen to the spirit and act with faith and hope the happier I am. I love to serve in the church in any capacity because I can do it with just a desire to serve and help others.