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Hi I'm Dan

I just graduated law school. I grew up in St Paul Minnesota, I love playing and watching all sports and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I just graduated law school and I am looking forward to using my degree to help those in need. While I still deciding which area of law I like the best, I have worked with foster children and mentally and physically disabled persons. It is great to be in a position to help them receive the small but very important necessities of life. I love the outdoors. I've hiked Half Dome in Yosemite, the Grand Canyon, and walked across the Mississippi River (granted it was only 10 yds right where it starts in Lake Itasca). I look forward to travelling to the different areas around the country to take advantage of the amazing natural features of our country. Finally, my wife and I have a baby girl that keeps us very busy, but she is a lot of fun. It is amazing to watch her grow and develop. While being a parent is harder than I ever imagined, it is great to come home from work and see the joy in her face. It takes all my stresses away.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were Mormons and so I was taught its principles from a young age. However, I always appreciated that I was given the encouragement and opportunity to find out for myself whether what I had been taught was true. I can't say exactly when I decided for myself that it was true, but I know it was sometime in high school. I began to see problems and struggles that my friends dealt with as a result of living a life contrary to the teachings of Jesus Christ, and I also realized that God and Jesus Christ could not be the creators of so much division in the world. Studying the doctrine and taking time to sincerely pray to know for myself gave me the answer that what I had read and learned was true. This was God's message of hope, peace and happiness. Also, after considering what type of life I wanted for myself, my family and how I could achieve those goals, I realized that I had the greatest chance of success by following the principles talk in the Bible, the Book of Mormon and those from modern day prophets. Not only did the doctrine make logical sense (e.g. that God would only talk to one generation, or group of people) but it brought me great comfort and peace. I am far from perfect, but I know what I want to become and I know how I can get there. That gives me hope and strengthens my faith such that I can continue to work on becoming kinder, and more loving and charitable to my family and those around me each day.

How I live my faith

A few nights a week I have have the chance to visit with others who are interested in learning more about the Mormon faith. Our visits are usually done at that person's home and last 30-45 minutes. While the discussions center around our doctrine, the visit are casual and are intended to help people find out for themselves whether it is true. That is the best part, any person who really wants to know can know. I also take time to visit families in our congregation each month to make sure things are going okay. These visits help me know how I can help them whether it be spiritually, to find a job, or even just to have a person to talk to. It also makes attending Sunday services better because I know and am friends with the people who worship with me.

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

A Mormon Temple is considered a very holy and special place. Those who attend learn about God's plan for families and the purpose of this life. When you attend, however, you make promises with God that you live the according to the commandments of God. Because God loves us and wants to bless us, we must be prepared to keep our promises. God is also just, and cannot bless someone when they do not live according to the promises they have made. Therefore, it is important that a person who attends the temple knows that they are making a stronger commitment to follow God, and if a person is already struggling to keep the promises he made at baptism it does not help them to attend the temple is be expected to live a higher standard. Show more Show less