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Hi I'm Dan

I am a retired Mainframe Analyst/Programmer, an avid reader and I am Mormon.

About Me

I became a Mormon through the love and support of one of God's angels (my wife) and through the love and patience of 2 Mountlake Terrace Stake 70's. Years prior to this I spent 4 years on active duty in the US Navy, then several years in school to receive an Associate's Degree in Computer Science. I was married previously but both marriages failed. Now my spouse and I have been sealed in the Seattle Temple. My hobbies were softball, Tae Kwon Do, stage theatre and reading. My age and some physical problems have now limited these hobbies to theatre and reading. My wife and I have 2 children and I have a total of 4 children (previous marriages). We do have a surrogate daughter serving in the Seattle Mission. How very lucky we are. Lots of love to Sister Morgan!! We miss you bunches.

Why I am a Mormon

Growing up I was exposed to several religions. These religions were beautiful but, for me, lacking. For many years I was basically apostate; believing in Heavenly Father but lazy and afraid to acknowledge His presence. In 1985 I married an incredible woman who just happened to be (in my opinion) the perfect Mormon woman. My bride did NOT attempt to force her religion on me but always answered any questions I had regarding the Church. The year following our marriage our home was visited by 2 Stake 70's. One of these Missionaries was a neighbor. They were very direct with me by explaining their mission and purpose and they were very honest and sincere. I was encouraged to read the Book of Mormon, the Bible, the Doctrine & Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price. I was also told about Joseph Smith's first vision and how the plates were delivered to him. While these stories seemed a little far fetched I kept an open mind and continued my reading. I was also bombarded by several co-workers with some anti-Mormon literature. After a month or so I began feeling that what I was reading in the Book of Mormon was true. I felt I was reading the words of great Prophets, just as I felt when reading the Holy Bible. While attending a Fast and Testimony meeting (which coincided with the return of the Young Women from Young Women's Camp) I listened to testimony after testimony of love for our Heavenly Father and our Savior and what His atoning sacrifice means. At the end of that wondrous meeting I knew what was required ... the need to be baptised and become a member of God's true church was overwhelming. During the following week I was visited by two full-time Missionaries, the Ward Mission Leader and on the Saturday of my baptism I visited with the Ward Bishop. A little over a year after my baptism my wife and I were sealed in the Seattle Temple. Life as a Mormon is not always easy but the faith and love are always there, in abundance.

How I live my faith

For my family, my Church brothers and sisters, my neighbors, and co-workers I do NOT exemplify a good Mormon. For many years I struggled with a Word of Wisdom problem and from time to time my language can be inappropriate. However, I did have several callings within the Church where I was able to work with the Young Men's Group, mainly through the Boy Scout program. I spent over 15 years doing Scouting. Several months ago I asked God to help me overcome my Word of Wisdom problem (smoking). Through prayer and total support from my wife, family and Church family I have been able to quit "cold turkey" and once again be a part of my Church family. I love reading and studying the scriptures and even after almost 30 years I love asking questions about the gospel principles. I love attending Church Services and partaking of this wonderful spirit. I feel very proud that I am once again able to go to the Temple with my wife. I believe Joseph Smith was a modern day Prophet and that through him the Gospel was restored as was the true Church. Mormons do NOT worship Prophets; we respect and honor them. I believe the name of our church says it all ... The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. We worship Heavenly Father and His son Jesus Christ. Today we are led by an incredible Prophet. I love my Heavenly Father and Jesus and I acknowledge Jesus Christ as my personal Savior.