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Hi I'm Dan

I am husband, father, and educator. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a husband and father of three children. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, swimming, fishing, backpacking, cooking, and reading. I worked at a copper mine for four summers to help pay for college and after graduation was an elementary school teacher for six years. I am currently the principal of an elementary school and enjoy working with the students, staff, and families of our community.

Why I am a Mormon

During middle school and into high school a lot of my christian friends belonging to other denominations challenged my beliefs and questioned my ability to have a testimony of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. Although I felt that it was true I began to feel a desire to know more surely for myself. I began to pray more regularly and earnestly to know about the truth of the things I had been taught. In John 7:17 Jesus says, "If any man will do his will he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself." I read the scriptures, both the New Testament and the Book of Mormon, and sought to apply the teachings. I found peace and harmony not only between the doctrine in these two books, but in my own life as well. As I read, pondered, and lived according to the teachings I felt a witness that these things were true and of God. My life has been a continued series of confirmations of the divinity of Jesus Christ as our Savior, of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon, that prophets have been called in these days to help us discern truth and return to a loving Heavenly Father.

How I live my faith

Jesus Christ provided a perfect example of how to live our lives in the service of others. I fall short so many times but I am trying to be like Him as a husband, father, friend, professional, neighbor, and citizen. I hope that others will recognize that I follow Him not by what I say but how I live and try to be of service to others. At church I currently have the opportunity to work with people that are new members or want to know more about the church. I am also a home teacher. That means that I have a set of families that I care for and make sure that they are doing well temporally and spiritually.

Are Mormons Christians?

I have been asked this question many times in the course of my life. I have found that a much better answer than "yes" is to tell the person what I know to be true about Jesus Christ and let them decide. I know that Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior. It is only through His grace and mercy that I can return to God's presence. I am thankful that he is not only my Savior but that salvation is available to all those that I love - my family and friends. He is the Son of God, born of Mary. He suffered for us, was crucified, and resurrected. I know that He lives today and that He loves us and knows us as individuals. His love for each of us is perfect and He desires that we are happy in this life and return to live with Him someday. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

When missionaries visit a home they bring a message about our Heavenly Father's plan for each of us. They explain where we came from, why we are here, and what happens to us after we die. Missionaries teach about our Savior Jesus Christ and His essential role in helping us return to God's presence. They discuss prophets called in our day, just like in the Bible. Missionaries teach about the restoration of Christ's church on the earth and the priesthood authority that allows us to make sacred covenants with our Heavenly Father. The message they bring is one of hope and true happiness. Show more Show less