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Hi I'm Dan

I'm a Mormon convert since 1967 while serving in the Navy.

About Me

I grew up in Oregon where I was exposed to the Assembly of God Church by my father until I was almost 12 years old then the Catholic Church by foster parents until I was almost 17 y/o then I moved to California to live with an Aunt and Uncle for a couple of years where I went to a Lutheran Church for almost 2 years. I enlisted in the United States Navy as a Hospital Corpsman in 1966, became a member of the Mormon Church while serving in Hawaii, did a tour of duty in Vietnam and thereafter received an Honorable Discharge in 1970. I received a BS in Electronics Technology and found a job. I retired after over 29 years of work as an Electronics Maintenance Technician. I went back to school to get a Licensed Practical Nurse certification and worked for almost 2 years in a nursing home. Then a couple of odd jobs got me to 62 years old and I started receiving Social Security. I am happily married, have 7 children, 2 of which are still at home.

Why I am a Mormon

While serving in the Navy in Pearl Harbor, I was working under another Hospital Corpsman who came to work one day with a change in countenance. To me, he appeared to be glowing. I asked him what was going on. He related to me throughout that day his experience of the night before and what had brought him to that point. He explained that he was born into the Mormon Church, however, he had not gone through a conversion experience until the previous night at the age of 26. He married a Mormon girl and had 3 daughters. His wife would invite the missionaries over for dinner from time to time. He would sit in his chair with a beer in one hand and a cigarette in the other daring the missionaries to teach him anything. That previous night the Holy Spirit spoke to him and told him to leave the beer and cigarettes alone and listen to the missionaries. While listening to them, he had a manifestation of the Holy Spirit letting him know that the Church of Jesus Christ was true and that Joseph Smith was the first prophet of God in this, the dispensation of the fullness of times. He invited me to come to his home to listen to the missionaries. I like to discuss religion, so I agreed. At the first meeting, the missionaries presented me with a paperback Book of Mormon. When I saw the book, I said "My grandpa had one of these on his nightstand!" During the third lesson, the missionaries invited me to set a baptismal date 3 weeks out. I told them, if things kept going the way they were that I would probably get baptized. That evening, when my host took me back to the barracks, we sat in his car in the parking lot discussing the things which the missionaries had been teaching me. After a time, my host turned to me with tears in his eyes and said, "Dan, I love you like my own brother and I want you to have what I have." I sensed the Holy Spirit throughout my body and I knew that what I had been taught is true and that I must get baptized.

How I live my faith

I pray daily, read the Holy Scriptures daily, attend church and perform my callings to the best of my ability. When I am called upon to help others, I am happy to do so.

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Dan
Growing up I had been taught about God being a trinity of three personages in one, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost. When the missionaries taught me about the Godhead, they pointed out clearly in the New Testament that Jesus Christ prayed to His Father, that He wanted his disciples to become one even as He and His Father were one, and that after he left the apostles to ascend to His Father that he would send the Second Comforter to teach the disciples all things. This lesson rang true to me and cleared up the mystery that had been with me since I had first been taught about the Godhead. The Holy Ghost bore witness to me that there are three beings in the Godhead, One in purpose. Show more Show less