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Hi I'm Dane

I'm a husband, a father of 3 girls, a mechanical engineer, and a musician. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've been happily married for the past 5 years, and I'm a father of 3 beautiful girls. Currently, I'm working as a mechanical engineer. I enjoy fixing things and building things with my hands. I'm an avid guitar player, mostly rock, and have built 3 electric guitars. In addition to guitar I also play drums, piano, and bass as well as occasionally sing. Once I think I figured that I'd been in 10 or 11 different bands (three of which actually played paying gigs). Being from Utah originally, I thoroughly enjoy snow skiing and most other winter sports although it's been a couple years since I've been able to go. Most of my spare time is spent at home with my wife and girls.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Church, but I came to recognize for myself the importance of the gospel in changing lives in what I observed from my older family members. My mother had always shared gospel truths with me when I was young, and I became curious about knowing more about the truths that I learned in church. My father was a constant example of service and hard work in the years he gave in the church as a scout master. Probably one of the biggest factors for me serving a full-time mission was due to the change I noticed in my older brother upon his return from the mission field. He was a lot nicer and more patient than before his mission. I served a mission at 19 yrs old to France where I had to rely on the Lord daily in my missionary labors. As I testified of the truthfulness of the gospel and Joseph Smith, I came to recognize the influence of the Holy Ghost that I'd felt several times in my youth. I continue today in the gospel of Jesus Christ because I have experienced the peace that comes from repentance and the happiness that comes from following our Father's Plan of Happiness for all of us. The more I devote myself to serving those around me and learning of the Savior the more I can't imagine a more perfect path to happiness.

How I live my faith

For the past year I've had the opportunity to serve in our congregation as a missionary from home. I meet at least once a week with the full-time missionaries in our area and continue to teach friends of our faith and other faiths the restored gospel of Jesus Christ and the Book of Mormon. It's been years since I returned home from my mission to France, but these evenings teaching and testifying of the truth make me feel the way I felt then. It reinforces my testimony of the Savior and his church. Additionally I am able to serve as a Sunday-school teacher and a Sunday men's group teacher. I love teaching gospel lessons, because it gives me the opportunity to learn more about a gospel topic, specifically from the comments from those attending. It is a great opportunity for the Spirit to enter the meeting and teach. Finally, I am fortunate to be able to play prelude music on the organ before services. My full-time job and family responsibilities make it difficult to find time to practice or play the instruments that I have at home. This service allows me to learn a new instrument and provide a valuable service to those in attendance. Before we moved to our current address, I was able to serve in several different Boy Scouting capacities included Webelos (10yr-olds), Blazers (11 yr-olds), and Varsity Scouts (14-15 yr-olds). The last was particularly rewarding due to the camping and high-adventure activities that we were able to do with the boys. At one point (before our two youngest were born) my wife and I were able to teach the 5 and 6 year old children. This was a new challenge as we learned how to teach important gospel truths on a level that could be understood by children. Their thirst for knowledge was apparent as they were either rapt with attention and full of questions, or quickly distracted if the subject was to their level of understanding.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Dane
The Ladder-Day-Saint women I know are strong, willing to work, and cheerful. The best examples I have are my mother, sisters, and wife. They are all completely different people, but they believe in discipline and doing hard things. They believe in the Savior. They are equal to their respective husbands (in my wife's case, she's the better equal). In every congregation where I've lived, I've seen an outpouring of service, caring, and love by the women of this church. They are role models of modesty, education, spirituality, and courage. I know of no better environment in which to raise my daughters. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Dane
I do believe that God still calls prophets. Throughout history God called a prophet to guide and warn the people according to their specific circumstances (Moses in Egypt, Noah and the Flood, John the Baptist prior to Christ, etc). I also believe that God loves His living children today every bit as much as those in the past. He is the same today as He was then, and conditions now demand more direct guidance and not less. But the real reason that I believe that there is a prophet today is because I've heard his teachings, compared them with what I know from the scriptures, reflected on how they make me feel, and asked God if it is true - if he has called that man as a prophet. I have felt a witness of the spirit, and I know it is true. It has been reaffirmed on many occasions when I've heard the prophet speak or read his words. It is further proof to me that God is very interested in what we do today, and He is every bit as determined to help us return to Him. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Dane
No, the church does not endorse political parties. Several times I've heard statements read from the pulpit from church leadership emphasizing that point. What also goes with that statement every time is an encouragement for members of the church to be active and informed citizens, to fulfill civic duties, and to participate in the community. One thing I stongly believe is that freedom is a gift from God as a result of righteous living and sacrifice. We will continue to be blessed with it so long as we protect the moral foundations upon which freedom is built. The Christian values that made America great are what is needed in this day and age in order to maintain freedom. Righteous choices lead to increased freedom while unrighteous choices diminish freedom. Political support ought to be based upon which political candidate each person believes best represents his/her values, and those values ought to be consistant with and support individual freedoms and high moral standards. Show more Show less