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Hi I'm Daniel

I spent my teenage years in foster care. I'm a social entrepreneur and want to change the world for the better. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born on a pair of Levi's jeans on the floor of a trailer in a small beach town near San Diego, CA. I've lived on both the East and West coasts and spent a bulk of my childhood in Utah as well. I've slept on the streets, entered foster care when I was a young teenager, and moved out on my own when I was 17. I served a 2 year LDS mission in Okayama, Japan. I studied psychology in college and business in graduate school. I've been married for over ten years and have three rapidly growing children. I work in human resources for a technology company and started my own nonprofit built on the social business model of Dr. Muhammad Yunus. My family and I love being outdoors and playing with our new beagle puppy. I'm color blind, need to lose 15 more pounds, and want to build a forever family and help young people transition from foster care and poverty to reach their full potential.

Why I am a Mormon

My family experienced a lot of turmoil when I was young due to poverty, my parents' troubled relationship, and our inability to settle down. After my parents broke up I ended up in foster care and was really seeking an anchor in my life- my parents had taught me values as a young child and I knew I wanted faith to be a part of my life. When I finally moved into an LDS foster home I began to read the scriptures again and seek my own answers and an understanding of my relationship with my Heavenly Father. I read in the Book of Mormon, in Moroni Chapter 10, versus 3 through 5, where an ancient prophet named Moroni challenged me to inquire of the Lord to know for myself whether the book was true and promised that through the power of the Holy Ghost I could know the truth of all things. I decided, at age 15, to sincerely pray to know whether God really did exist and whether he loved me. I received a clear answer to my prayer and that experience helped me to reactivate as a member of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and begin my walk of faith. From there, I worked toward being able to serve a mission at age 19 and was called to serve in Okayama Japan, and saw the joy of the Gospel of Jesus Christ bless the lives of many people there. I have continued to see great blessings in my life and the lives of my family members and friends. I feel such a sense of strength and love from my fellow brothers and sisters in the church and appreciate how our faith strengthens our family and can help us to live a richer, more meaningful, more Christ like life.

How I live my faith

Service to others is a core aspect of our faith and my personal values. I've had many callings, but the ones I've enjoyed the most have been teaching opportunities- teaching basic gospel principles to young men and women or adults. I've also had the chance to serve for the past several years as the Ward Employment Specialist and am glad I can use my experience in HR in a way that contributes in a very tangible way to peoples' lives, especially during the recent economic challenges. Home Teaching is something that I find very fulfilling as well. It's a calling that all Priesthood holders have, where we are given two families to visit with each month and we have stewardship over them to care for them. My son has just become old enough to be my companion in this effort and it's very great, because we have become great friends with our families we visit and we've come to really love them and look forward to our visits with them and enjoy our association with them. Our home teachers are also good friends and we appreciate their regular visits and thoughful care.