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Hi I'm Dan

I am a husband, a father, and a pre-med student. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Growing up in the military, we moved around a lot. And I grew really close to my family. That was probably the main reason I started singing and acting and dancing in high school. It was kind of a family thing. But it quickly became my thing. Well, now that I am a pre-med student, I don't have a lot of time for those things anymore. Between studying and family, my free time is pretty well taken up. But it's OK. My wife and I have a little girl, and she and I get to dance now. Nothing like dancing with a 1 year-old to make your day! I will be joining the United States Air Force and going to medical school. So, the next couple decades for our family are going to be spent serving our country. We are excited to get to serve and travel and be part of the military tradition that has been in my family for so long. It's important to me that my children learn about and appreciate the men and women of the military and their sacrifice, as well. So, this will be good for all of us, I think.

Why I am a Mormon

I had heard lots of people talk about how they "knew the Book of Mormon is true." I had listened to talk after talk that told me there was a right way and a wrong way to live. I had been raised in a very conservative home with strict values. But I was still a teenage boy with everything that entails. In essence, I had been forced into a confrontation with myself: Was I going to choose to follow the path I had been told was right or not? So, there I was in the bathroom at fifteen-years old, kneeling at the porcelain throne, asking God if it was true or not. If it was true, I figured I had better follow it. After all, going on the wrong side of God never seemed like a good idea. But if it was not true, or if I could not find for myself that it was true, I wanted nothing to do with it. Life is too short. There are too many "thou shalt nots" in the scriptures. I was not about to sign up for something that was guaranteed to set me apart from the friends I thought were so critical, the friends I supposed were having so much more fun than me. The answer I received kind of startled me, actually. It was simple: "You know it is true. You have always known it is true." The answer came in a thought and a feeling. The feeling was peace and contentment; I didn't have the nagging question anymore. I just recognized what I already knew. It was true. It is true. Now, I don't have that internal battle anymore. Sure, there are still times when I ask myself, "What if it is all a lie?" And the answer to that question is easy: my entire life is being wasted. But the great reality is this: I know for myself that it is true. Joseph Smith, the guy who started the whole Restoration of the Gospel, was a true Prophet of God. Just like Moses or Samuel or Abraham or Peter any of the ancient prophets. God does speak today. And anyone can know it. God speaks to fourteen-year old boys in Sacred Groves, and He speaks to fifteen-year old boys in second-story bathrooms. He will speak to you.

How I live my faith

My faith in Jesus Christ is the primary motivating force in my life. There are a lot of competing forces like love for family, love of country, career advancement, money, and a host of other things. And though the majority of my time is spent managing those various other demands, the fundamental motivation is found in Christ. It is because of Him that I want to be a good father, a good husband. His sacrifice and the hope it affords me has changed me, and it makes me want to be kinder. Basically everything I do is informed by my faith. So, I live my faith in everything I do. I wake up in the morning. I go to school. I will go to work. I love my wife. I care for my daughter. I smile at strangers. I give charitable donations. I help colleagues. I call a friend. I attend the Temple. I go to church. I am happy.

How does the Church finance its operations?

The church gets all of its operating funds from tithing. We all pay 10% of our "increase" which could be pre-taxes or post-taxes or a portion of the carrots you grew in your backyard. The Church doesn't ever give specific answers as to what "increase" means. But the point is that you get a chance to give back to God who has given you so much. You know when you are complying with the commandment or not. You know. And the official answer to this question that "It becomse a privilege and an opportunity, not a burden" may seem like a canned and kind of sketchy one, but it's true. We're poor college students right now, but we always pay our tithing, and we have never not had money or housing or help when we've needed it. We get to assist in the building of the kingdom of God. And it may only be a measily 20 bucks here and there, but it's our contribution. We see buildings and temples and missionaries, and we get to think, we helped build that. I may never see the temples that are built all around the world, but I get the knowledge that my tithing helped to bring the blessings of eternity to some family in a far-away place that otherwise would not have had the chance. And that is the privilege, the opportunity that lifts my burdens. Show more Show less