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Hi I'm Dan

I'm a Mormon. I've spent most of my life in Colorado. I love Colorado, especially the mountains, lakes, streams, and snow.

About Me

I'm a father of six children, 4 boys and 2 girls. I also a grandfather with 14 grandchildren. I love my family and adore my grandchildren, the oldest who will soon turn 8. I just wish they lived closer to me. I love being in the outdoors, especially the mountains. I love quiet peaceful scenes with just nature as the soundtrack. I love to ski, backpack, hike, fish, hunt, mountain bike, road bike, and playing basketball. Yes, I'm 59 and still play basketball. Maybe when I'm 60 I'll give it up and play golf. I have a zip line in my backyard. Its a favorite for my grand kids, grandnephews, grandnieces, neighbors, and friends. I also grow lots of rasberries in my backyard. I think that's a favorite for my grandkids too.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents are Mormon, as well as grandparents and great grandparents. However, as a young teenage, I had to gain my own beliefs about the church. I was challenged to read the Book of Mormon, which I did as a 17 year old. After reading it, I prayed about it to know if it was true. I did not see a vision or have a visitation from an angel but I did feel in my heart and soul a clear message that said, "you know its true and you have always known." In a high school of over 2,800 in Southwest Denver, I was among just a very few Mormons at my school. During those teenage years it was not always easy to be a Mormon, but I had made decisions early about not drinking, smoking, or other things harmful to your body and when peer pressure came, it was easier to decline those invitations. My true friends respected me for it. In fact, a significant event was when one of the popular cheerleaders at the high school joined the church. In many ways, she helped me to appreciate my faith more and strive to be a better Mormon. As I've grown older and served a two year mission for the church to Mexico Hermosillo I've had so many experiences where I've gained a testimony of God the Father and his Jesus Christ. I believe they love me and everyone. While in Mexico, I saw many people who did not have much wealth or material goods but they accepted the gospel of Jesus Christ in their lives. I saw how it changed them and lightened their load. I saw smiles on their faces. Of course, its not always easy, but true happiness is not bought with money. Some the happiest people I've known had dirt floors or lived in a single large room separated with curtains. After returning from Mexico I completed my education, married, started a family and have enjoyed a happy life with my family living the last 24 years in the beautiful community of Broomfield. I'm grateful to be Mormon.

How I live my faith

I've been active in my church all my life. I attend church and perform the callings (assignments in the church) that I've been asked to do. Over the past 30 years, I've spent most of the time working with the youth, particularly the young men. I've had many callings working with the boy scouts as Scoutmaster, Crew Advisor, and Varsity Team Leader. Once a youth asked me if I was a geek in high school. I'd never thought of myself as a geek, but I guess I probably was viewed that way since I tended to be studious. As an adult, I think I tend to be "adventurous" and love things like 100 mile pack, pedal, paddle trips with the older boys, 50 mile backback trips, etc. I like opportunities for the youth to stretch their physical, mental, and spiritual capabilities. I love to see them accomplish things that are difficult and I love when they choose a path that leads them to true happiness. I have enjoyed the opportunities over many years to work with youth, plan many youth activities, and see them successfully carried out. The youth of this church are absolutely fantastic. My life has been blessed with my callings serving with the youth.