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Hi I'm Dan

I am: an Aussie; an avid football fan; I have a gorgeous wife; I speak French and Tahitian... and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love sport - and languages. Barcelona FC is my team and watching them play is a pseudo-religious experience in itself! As a teacher I expect a lot from my students; it would be hypocritical of me to expect any less of myself. I love to learn and challenge myself everyday to improve, be it linguistically, physically, or morally. My beautiful wife is my best friend and the most "complete" person I have ever met - and I don't write that simply because I'm sure she'll check out my profile later on. I love spending time with her and our wonderful children. I believe that too many people over complicate life and lose too much time worrying about the small things while the moments that matter keep drifting by, unclaimed and unused. I try to keep life simple. I enjoy the outdoors and gardening and I love kicking a ball with my children. I also love to travel, having visited French Polynesia, France, Germany and the USA in recent years.

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when I was thirteen years of age. My three sisters had already joined and my mum had shown an interest in the church many years prior. Being surrounded by women in my life (mum and dad had separated), I guess I enjoyed the "big brotherly" company of the missionaries initially. I wasn't overly interested in what they had to say, but eventually joined the church. Football was my passion and I spent most Sundays still playing and not going to church; however, one day I was asked to give a five-minute talk about the prophet, Joseph Smith, and his life. I did some research and prepared to mumble my way through it. Something happened that day: something that changed the course of my life, for the better, and forever... As I spoke about Joseph Smith and his life I felt within me a calm reassurance that he was a prophet of God and that he was and did exactly what God wanted him to be and do. Moments can contain miracles and my memorable moment as a naive, fourteen-year-old boy has since been suplemented by eighteen years of study and research. That study has taught me that Joseph Smith was not a perfect man, he never claimed to be, but he was instrumental in providing resources such as the Book of Mormon, which teaches the world about the only perfect one, Jesus Christ, our Saviour. Matthew says in the Bible, "by their fruits ye shall know them" and I am proud to be a Mormon, because the fruits of this gospel are manifest abundantly throughout the world, and are readily available for all to share. In an everchanging world, I love that I can teach my children that there is a God, and that his Son, Jesus Christ, truly walked this Earth and then, in a selfless sacrifice, paved the way for us to live with our Heavenly Father again. Being a Mormon has also given me the chance to see the world. I served as a missionary in French Polynesia and speaking French has opened many global doors.

How I live my faith

Each day I live my faith. I tell my wife that I love her and I prove this with my actions. I spend time with my children and read to them at night. I experience great joy at their successes and my heart aches for them when they struggle; but I am always here for them. I have chosen to "slow down" in my career so that I don't wake up one day with adult children who don't know their father. We hold a regular family night where we play silly games, eat treats and enjoy each others' company; this is a real highlight in the week for our children and serves to bring our family closer together. I teach a gospel class each weekday morning during school time to youth from our town who are aged between fourteen and eighteen. There are ten students who regularly attend between the hours of 6:45 and 7:35am in order to start their day on a spiritual note and this is a great blessing in my life. Positive and proactive, my life has been enriched by the teachings of the gospel and I enjoy being able to read the scriptures on a regular basis and teach others that Jesus Christ lives and has atoned for our sins. There are so many wonderful aspects about living life as a Mormon and I enjoy speaking to my friends who have often only heard the "popular culture" version of mormonism. Having grown up as a non-Mormon I understand that there is a vast amount of misinformation out there about the church; living the gospel and speaking to people about the church gives me a boost and I have not seen another lifestyle that I could choose that would bring me the happiness that I enjoy in my family today. At the end of each day, if I have read about the life of the Saviour in the scriptures and then spoken with my Heavenly Father through prayer, it is a good day. Add to that some wonderful family interactions and it is a great day. Throw in some physical activity and the chance to help others in their journey and the day has become what I would hope is an acceptable offering to the Lord.