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Hi I'm Dan

I'm a husband and a father of three beautiful girls. I love sports and the outdoors. I'm an Orthopedic Surgeon and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am married to the most wonderful woman in the world. She has stuck by my side as we have moved all over the United States for my training as an Orthopaedic Surgeon. We have lived in 6 different states in the last ten years. Each move has brought new great friends and countless wonderful memories. We have done everything from participating in the Gettysburg Civil War re-enactments, to climbing cactus covered mountains in Arizona, to cheering on Big Ten Football, to digging up a geoduck in the Puget Sound, to jumping out of a perfectly good airplane. We have three beautiful daughters who are about as different as you can be. They are so much fun to be around and they definitely keep me on my toes.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been blessed to grow up in a family where the life and teachings of Jesus were taught and encouraged. I have felt the comfort of my Heavenly Father’s spirit since I was young, but it was not until my older teenage years that I gained a testimony for myself. It is expected that young men serve a 2 year mission after they graduate from high school and I was planning on it. However, before I could leave the comforts of home and go out to teach about this church, I needed to know for myself if it was true. I put Christ’s words to the test and received an answer to my prayers. Being in medicine has taught me to be very scientific, although I think I came out of the womb already very left brained. Orthopaedics, in general, is surrounded by disease, disfigurement and death. However, the more I learn about people and our bodies (how we grow, how we interact, how we live, and how we heal), the more my testimony of a Supreme Creator is confirmed. Knowing that my life has a purpose; were I came from before this earth; where I will go after I die; knowing that my family can be together forever gives me an incredible feeling of comfort and peace. I am a Mormon because of the surety it gives me in life and because of the man it is helping me to become.

How I live my faith

I believe that doing unto others as you would have them do unto you is such a true and important concept. I have the opportunity to work with the young men and scouts in my area. I try to instill in them the ideas of hard work, generosity, friendship and endurance. Working with a group of teenage boys may not be the easiest or least hair-pulling, teeth gritting, head pounding job around. But it sure is worthwhile. I try to live with honesty and integrity in all that I do. Living a Christ-like life by giving service to others and trying to improve myself everyday is the best thing that I can do to teach my children how to be happy.

Why is it important for us to take care of our bodies? Why are our bodies called temples of God in the Bible?

If there were no addictive or cognitive altering substances, as a medical provider I would almost be out of a job. So much of the pain and suffering that we experience is brought on ourselves by what we take into, or do to, our bodies. Our bodies are the housing for our spirit. We are the spirit sons and daughters of a Heavenly Father. He loves us and wants to be a part of our lives. In my experience, inorder for us to really feel of His love and know the power of the Holy Ghost we cannot have our minds or bodies clouded by uncleanliness. Keeping our thoughts, minds and bodies clean allows us to truly come to know our Father in Heaven and learn of His plans for us as we do what He asks. Show more Show less