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Hi I'm Dan

I'm a professor of accounting. I love the outdoors. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am married with a three children, two of whom are adopted and one of whom (our daughter) is married and has a daughter. I am a big believer in families, adoption and the importance of education. In fact, my wife and I have served as adoption champions in the community, and my wife has been instrumental in teaching our children at home and in their school over the years (our daughter completed her education degree and teaching certificate). Our son has interrupted his university studies to serve a mission in the Republic of Georgia. For my part, I teach accounting at a local university to undergraduate and graduate students, and I get to teach abroad every year in Europe. I love to travel and look for every viable opportunity to see new places and meet folks from different backgrounds and cultures. I especially like to try delicious new food! I also love sports and all things outdoors. I am most interested in life-long fitness activities such as hiking, climbing, cycling, and paddle sports. I have been fortunate to be involved in some epic adventures with family and friends.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon, because of how I feel when I live the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Life can be pretty challenging at times, and my membership in the Church has been instrumental in helping me weather the storms. The doctrine of Christ found in the Church answers all the big life questions and provides me with an eternal perspective. I know who I am, where I came from, and where I will go after this life. Based on some experiences I have had with family members passing away, I know that life continues after death. This knowledge is so reassuring when you see all the sadness and tragegy that happens in the world. The world seems, in large part, to be in great disarray. Terrorism, wars, economic recessions, lack of basic ethics and morals, and a preoccupation with material possessions and instant gratification seem to be everpresent. The Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ, found in the Church, is a sure beacon of protection, safety, optimism, and goodwill that is sorely needed today. I see how it measurably benefits my life and the lives of others who embrace it. The practical benefits from living the Gospel are easily identified and many: better health, stronger relationships, financial stability, and, most importantly, greater happiness. Even though the practical benefits persuade me to live the Gospel, my strong beliefs in the Church are a result of spiritual experiences. I have felt and experienced too many times to count the reaffirming feelings from God that this is His Church and that all the necessary principles and ordinances of His Gospel are found in it. That is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

One of the best things about being a Mormon is how each member is asked to serve others in one capacity or another. It really helps you to become more like the Savior as you serve others. I have helped out in a lot of different ways. In the last ten years or so, I have been privileged to work with the young people. I spend a few weeks each summer camping, hiking, paddling, and cycling with these great young people. We have stretched ourselves both physically and mentally and have had some remarkable experiences together. Their enthusiasm, faith, and, optimism is contagious. I feel that I have benefitted more from my association with them than they have with me. That is the beauty of service...the more you give, the more you get. I have also worked as an ecclesiastical leader for the last few years of a local Church unit. In this capacity, I have been able to see first-hand how living the Gospel and keeping the Lord's commandments help people to find true happiness. I have witnessed over and over in people the sadness and despair associated with following the "world" and its current course of depravity and destruction. It has been my great honor to help some of these folks come back to the Savior and change their lives for the better. Nothing is sweeter than the renewal and redemption afforded us through Jesus Christ and His love for us. How I live my faith has been vital to how I deal with life's challenges. One of the greatest benefits from service is Christ's Church is that I do not fear what the future holds. The world may be in disarray, but I do not have to be...I have a choice to believe and serve or to follow the ever-changing world's view and wring my hands with fear and worry. I choose to believe and serve.