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Hi I'm Dan

I'm a father of four, I've lived in ten different places in five countries in 15 years of marriage, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Southern California in a great family and surrounded by a great group of friends. We loved the beach and the ocean. I met my wife in college during a study abroad trip to Mexico. We were both in the same program in school and ended being married a year later. I went on to graduate school, and was offered a job with an oil services company that would give us a chance to see some of the world. Because it was an offshore services company, we were always near the ocean, which we loved. We spent ten years living outside of the U.S. in Venezuela, Mexico, and Brazil. I also lived in Argentina as a missionary before I was married. We finally decided that it was time for our kids to experience life in their own country. They had never really experienced life in the United States. To them, it was just vacationland with endless shopping and fun. We now live in Colorado where we traded the ocean for mountains. I'm a (very) recreational runner and swimmer. I love to scuba dive, ski, fish, hike, play golf, and watch my kids play sports. I love where I live. I love my wife and kids. And I love that we've had a chance to see that there's a whole big world out there.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in an LDS family by parents who's life experiences had led them to become steady, faithful Mormons. Everyone we knew (everyone!) knew that we were Mormons. However, like many people, I went through a period in my life where it became very important to me to stand on my own two feet and figure out for myself what was true and what wasn't. This isn't the beginning of a long, dramatic story of a confused search for truth. I did what anyone can do. I started reading and studying, and I started praying to God to know what was true. I was sincere. I really wanted to know. I studied the Bible and the Book of Mormon, and I prayed to ask God for help. This led me to a deep conviction that what I was studying was true. That conviction was powerful and unmistakable, and has stayed with me all through the years. Because of that I knew that God was real, that he was interested in me, and that I could look to him for help. I now look back over the years and can see many times when he helped me, protected me, comforted me, or guided me in life. Through my religion I know that this life is my chance to prepare to meet God again someday. All of this makes me happy and gives me a sense of stability and peace in my life.

How I live my faith

I guess I can say that I live my faith just by trying to live a decent life. I don't feel a need to wear my religion on my sleeve, or try to push it on others. I love to talk about it and answer questions when people are interested, but my main hope is that friends will see how happy I am and want to know why. To me, living my religion can mean anything from pitching in and helping when someone I know has a need, to dedicating time to a specific volunteer assignment through the church. It's usually small things like being friendly to someone who is down, or dropping a plate of food off for someone that's sick. Throughout our years living in foreign countries we spent a lot of time visiting and looking out for older people that were living in places with no safety net for them. I always loved doing that because, while they appreciated the food or medicine, what they really loved was that someone was paying attention to them. It always left me feeling good. One of the things I love most about our church is that there is no local professional clergy. Every local leadership position, every teacher, every member of the priesthood is just a regular person like me that has to work for a living, take care of a family, and live life's ups and downs. I love that because we're all in it together, and we depend on each other's willingness to serve without pay in order for the whole program to move forward. Amazingly, it is probably the most organized, well-run organization I've ever seen anywhere - all by volunteers. As one of those volunteers, I've had a chance to teach kids, teach young adults, teach adults, serve as a missionary, and serve as a local leader of church members. The beauty of an all volunteer church is that everyone has opportunities to grow and make an impact.

What is the Book of Mormon?

The Book of Mormon is a book of scripture similar to the Bible. Just as God sent prophets to teach the people in Jerusalem and the surrounding area, he sent prophets to teach the people on this side of the world in the Americas. These prophets in the Americas kept records just like the prophets in the Bible. The Book of Mormon covers a period of about 1,000 years. The prophets who kept the records passed them down from one generation to the next, and in them we can see how the people rose and fell through the years. All of the prophets in the Book of Mormon taught the same principles as the Biblical prophets because they were all inspired by the same God. In reading the Book of Mormon, I find that it gives me the same closeness to God that I feel when I read the Bible. It answers many of my questions about life and life's challenges, and it also helps me understand many of the teachings in the Bible. One of the prophets that kept the Book of Mormon record had a chance to see our day and knew that many people would find it difficult to accept that their record was true. He offered the best solution - pray and ask God if what they wrote is true. There is no better way to avoid confusion then to go straight to the source of all truth! Show more Show less