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Hi I'm Dan

I was raised in Idaho and Nebraska. I'm an economist, and also a Mormon.

About Me

I like to read and have interests in a lot of different areas. I'm a husband, father, and grandfather. Besides working as an economist, I'm a Certified Internal Auditor, a Certified Fraud Examiner and an expert in business operational controls -- although I'm now retired.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (The Mormon Church) because it has given me a great sense of peace and comfort over the years. It has been a great tool in my life to help me feel closer to my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, whom I know is the Savior of the world -- and my Savior, personally. It has helped me be a better husband and father. The Church has helped me raise my children to be good citizens and live morally clean lives. And it has given me wonderful opportunities to serve others, both inside and outside of the Church. I love the gospel of Jesus Christ and how it has made me a better man.

How I live my faith

The way I live my faith is to do the best I can to be of service to others. I have a few families who belong to our congregation that I visit every month, and also whenever they might need a little comfort or help. I try to serve these families the way the Savior did when He was on the earth; He was such a great example. Yesterday for me that meant helping a single mother of three work out a budget she could live on. Last month it meant sharing with my families the words of a Latter-day prophet about how to live life in a positive way. I just love this idea of trying to help others in a very individual way. I'm also responsible for helping to improve the quality of gospel teaching through the Sunday Schools for six of the Mormon congregations in our area. I and others try to help the teachers in these and other Church organizations have the tools and training they need to teach what the Savior taught, and hopefully how he taught. This volunteer work is very satisfying.

What is the priesthood?

Dan
The priesthood is the authority to act in the name of God. In the LDS Church, all worthy male members of the Church ages twelve and over may receive this authority, with varying degrees of responsibility. This is the same priesthood authority that existed anciently, through which Christ directed His Church as recorded in the New Testament. In today's era, the Church is directed and led through this same authority. When one receives the priesthood, he has the responsibility to use it to serve others. This might mean leading congregations, performing ordinances of the Church (like baptism), or even blessing those who are sick. Because one who has this authority is acting in the name of God, it is important that he strive to emulate the Savior -- serving with love and kindness, trying to live His laws, and humbly seeking to serve mankind through peace and gentleness in the same way the Lord Jesus Christ did. Show more Show less

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Dan
We live much like a lot of other people of faith, I suppose, but the big difference for me is hope -- hope with an assurance that the material things of life are temporary in nature, that there is a lot more to life than its daily pulse. Things like personality, individuality, faith, hope, relationships with family and friends, and especially love -- these are all aspects of life that have a truly eternal nature, and I believe they will stay with us long after we die. I find great peace and joy in knowing this; it also gives me a strong reason to live the best way I can. We all make mistakes, but knowing that we can repent and try each day to be a better person really motivates me. When I pray each day, read the word of God in the scriptures, try to serve others and be obedient to God's laws; and attend to my family, church, and social responsibilities -- when I do these things I am very happy about life. I have also found that when I neglect any of these things, I am just not as happy. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Dan
No. Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, much like many other prophets of old like Adam, Abraham, Moses, and John the Baptist. These were all great prophets and we respect them as servants of God to help us know and live His commandments. Joseph Smith was like that. We respect them all, but we do not worship them. We worship God our Eternal Father in Heaven, and His Son the risen Lord Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Dan
Yes, very definitely. The Holy Bible is a powerful and important volume of scripture written by holy men of God that is a text in which I strongly believe. I know these writings Show more Show less