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Hi I'm Dan

I am a physics major. I love the outdoors. I want to work in cancer treatment. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently a Physics major in Colorado. I love the school and the program. I want to go on to work in the field of Medical Physics, specifically working with oncologists to treat cancer patients. While in school I am working as a learning assistant for one of our entry level physics classes. I truly enjoy working with others and learning from each other. I live near the Rocky Mountains and have developed a love of the outdoors. I have a lot of friends who enjoy hiking so it is not unusual for us to spend a few hours a week up in the foot hills hiking different trails. I also enjoy music as an amateur hobby. I have taught myself some basic guitar and piano. For years I played in marching, concert, and jazz bands. I listen to all kinds of musics, but my favorites are probably classic rock, classical, jazz, and Hawaiian slack key guitar. Reading is one of my favorite past times. I am working my way through a lot of the classic nineteenth century literature as well as some physics books and Church history books.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was born into the Church, being a member has been a personal decision for all of my adult life. I grew up in a school district which isn't highly supportive of religion. Many of my friends had no religion and some were even skeptical of spirituality. Growing up with secular influences driving me away from religion and spirituality forced me to make my own decision about whether or not I believed in my religion enough to stand tall and live according to what it had taught me. As I grew up and started college I realized that it was impossible to not live the standards and principles of the Gospel, and still be the kind of person that I wanted to be. Although I have always known that the Church is true, I found that this knowledge flourished the more that I lived according to what I believed. I went on to serve a two year mission in Argentina where I had the opportunity to share what I knew with others and watch as their lives also changed. My testimony of the Gospel, my Heavenly Father, and Jesus Christ grew each day as I saw the effect that they had on others. After returning home I have continued to be active in the Church. I know that as I continue to study and apply the principles which the Restored Gospel teaches, I will always know why I am a member of the Church. In short, I am a Mormon because I know that it is the best way to know what my Heavenly Father wants of me and to become the son that he expects me to be.

How I live my faith

I put my faith into practice by trying to be sure that I pray everyday when I get up and before going to bed. Making sure that this communication with God is what guides me gives me direction and purpose throughout my day. I also strive to make sure that I know what is going on in the lives of my friends and family. When we find opportunities to serve each other, we truly put into practice what the Gospel teaches. Mostly I live what I believe by trying to put into practice what I know about the Gospel. Everyday there are a million tiny opportunities to choose to be a better person. That is, there are a million choices that I need to actively make in order to do what I know is right. Whether it is visiting someone that comes to mind or simply doing what I know needs to get done, each tiny choice helps me to grow to be the person that I want to be. I make sure that I study some part of the scriptures each day to help keep me focused on what I need to change in my own life. From there I keep it in mind to little by little become that better person. All of it depends on my willingness to trust in God and do what I know He expects of me.