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Hi I'm Dan

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My family is my number one priority. I have a son and two daughters. We love to spend time together swimming, biking, playing games, and any other fun things we find to do. I especially enjoy finding opportunities to spend individual time with each child and learning about them. My wife is awesome and we love going to concerts, watching movies, talking, reading books, and just hanging out. Outside of family, most of my time is spent at work. I am a software engineer working on Windows Phone at Microsoft. My role as owner of engineering devices requires a lot of interaction with teams both inside and outside Microsoft. I enjoy meeting and working with people from varying backgrounds and with various interests. My son and I like sports. We are playing a fantasy football league together and often play a few games of one on one basketball. I am enjoying the time while he is young and I can still win.

Why I am a Mormon

I can't imagine not being Mormon. It doesn't feel like one of those things you could ever just walk away from, although there are probably a select few who would disagree. I was raised in a home where being a Mormon was a part of our life. My parents taught me about the Savior starting at an early age and this continued into my formative years. A time came for me to choose my own path. I remember a conversation with my dad in the driveway of our home. I was a teenager and was trying to find my way and understand my own personal beliefs. I told my dad, "I just don't know if these things you tell me are true." He paused for a minute, then said to me, "Well, you have to make your own choice. However, I have one request. Please don't walk away from the gospel without trying it out first." These words never left my mind. Over the next few months, I wandered a bit and started to search my soul. Thankfully, I listened to Dad. In addition to a bunch of dumb things, I did one smart thing and tried out the gospel. The Lord had mercy on me and blessed me even in my weakness. A kind and loving bishop tried many times to meet with me. He was patient and waited for me to come. After several missed or "forgotten" meetings, I finally showed up at his house. He brought me in and, without any condemnation or any judgment, he offered his help and love. Over the next few months, I started truly praying and seeking answers. During that time, there were many experiences that helped me to know that Heavenly Father loves me and is real. I went on a long hike in the mountains and he gave me strength when I didn't think I could make it. I went on an outdoor activity with the youth of the church and felt the strength of their beliefs. I shared the gospel with a friend and saw her life change. From that time forth, the trials and blessings have continued. I know that Jesus Christ lives and is my Savior. I am a Mormon because this is His church and I want to follow Him.

How I live my faith

I enjoy serving in the church. Most recently, I spent time teaching a fun class of 5 and 6 year old children, including my daughter. My wife and I worked together to share different lessons from the scriptures with the kids. This can be challenging as the kids would come to our class after sitting through an hour of the main meeting. They loved to learn and share what was happening in their lives. I don't know that they really heard or understood what we taught, but they did know we cared about them. I think that is important for young children. I am currently working with the 10 year old boys in the Cub Scout Webelos program. This suits me pretty well because we get to do a lot of fun activities with them every week. The boys have a lot of energy and are eager to learn. I am trying to be a good role model and help them to gain confidence in themselves and learn new skills.