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Hi I'm Dan.

I'm an Optometry student. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm in my third year of Optometry school. I love to snow board, listen to good music, and I'm just starting to learn how to surf. I got interested in Optometry when I was living in Central America. After high school, I decided to go live in Guatemala and teach about Christ as a missionary. I got to spend two years in that amazing country! While I was there, a medical crew of doctors literally landed in one of the villages I was in. They were from the United States Military, and they were well organized... except they didn't speak Spanish. They quickly noticed us in the small village, and asked if my friend and I could translate for their team. I was assigned to teach a class on hygiene that the villagers had to take before they got their shots. While I was teaching, I noticed that many people in my class were getting used to a new pair of glasses that they had received from the team. After our translating assignments, we would hit up the streets of the village to teach about God. Traditionally, people would let us in, and we would read a few verses from the Bible or the Book of Mormon. Commonly, older people would complain when we asked them to read because the letters were too small. I always thought it was a cop-out, and that they were embarrassed because of their reading skills. One night, we prepared a fun lesson for a family, and when we asked the father to read out of the bible, he quietly excused himself, then returned with a new pair of glasses that had been prescribed in the military tent. He read the words aloud, and commented on how easy it was for him to read God's word again. Time after time in that village from that day forward I noticed people grabbing for their glasses to read the scriptures. I've decided that I want to help people see in all walks of life all around the world. I hope to bring glasses to the less fortunate in future trips to South and Central America.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised Mormon, and really enjoyed growing up with friends that were close to Christ. There came a time in my life where I had to personally accept Christ as my savior and not rely on my parents faith. Late one night, in a hot stuffy dorm room, I read a promise in the last chapter of the Book of Mormon, "ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost." I put the book down and got on my knees and prayed to ask God if the Jesus had really died for me, and if the Book of Mormon was true. I immediately felt peace, one of the feelings that Paul promised the Galatians they would feel when the holy ghost was present. From that moment, and many other faith promoting experiences in my life, I've come to know that Christ died for me, and that the book of Mormon is true.

How I live my faith

Currently I am an event planner for the church. I plan parties with up to a thousand guests. We rent out water parks, ice skating arenas, and theme parks. I also get to plan lectures that are given once a month to the young adults in my church. I help find the best speakers in the city and the best musical talent to make the evenings great.