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Hi I'm Den

I'm a small business owner (computer support) and an avid backpacker and mountain climber. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Filipino by descent, i was born and raised in Hawaii and then moved to Washington state during my High School years. Life sure goes by fast and today I am married with 4 kids, ranging in ages from 2 to 10. A few years ago I became an entrepreneur and started a small business providing computer support to other small businesses so I guess I'm "that computer guy" to most people at work. The NW is a wonderful place to live and it's hard to not appreciate the great outdoors in the area so in contrast to your typical "computer guy" I happen to be "that computer guy" that spends some weekends backpacking, mountain climbing, mountain biking, and the occasional "50-mile fun run" (ultra marathon). Although lately, as my children grow and are becoming more independent and involved in extracurricular activities, I find that the old hobbies are being replaced by family time and adventures that stay closer to the parking lot. It's a wonderful thing and I don't mind at all!

Why I am a Mormon

When I was a teenager my father retired from the military and moved from Hawaii to his hometown in WA. I was transplanted in the middle of my Junior year of High School and it was a bitter and awkward time for me. My grandparents had become members of the church when my father was younger, but our family did not attend church for most of my life. For periods my father would start attending church and I would attend; my mother never did. When I arrived in Washington, the only thing I was really grateful for were cousins that were my age and I was able to associate with them and some of their friends. My aunt's family was very active in the church and I was impressed and influenced by my associations with church members, although most of the friends I made were not members of any particular church (that I knew of). When I turned nineteen I started to really feel a desire to know if the things they taught at church were true and if it was something that I should live my life by. I decided to first read the Bible and I read the entire Old and New Testaments. I also studied other churches and faiths a little bit and discussed religion with some of my friends who had other beliefs. After reading the Bible, I decided to read the Book of Mormon, a key scripture of the Mormon church and as I read, I prayed to know if it was true scripture. I had already accepted the Bible to be the word of God but I really wanted to know if the Book of Mormon was true and if the Mormon Church was God's true church restored on the earth today. I didn't really know what to expect but as I read and prayed I repeatedly received answers to my prayers that the Book of Mormon was in fact true scripture and it did testify of Jesus Christ. With this came overwhelming feelings for my Savior and a deep desire to change every aspect of my life and be the best person I could be and later that year I applied to go on a mission and ended serving for 2 years as a missionary overseas in England.

How I live my faith

I find myself heavily involved in the church especially since my children are really involved in the Primary and Sunday School activities. My oldest son is very active in Cub Scouts and I have served many times as a Cub Scout or Boy Scout leader. Since I am an outdoors enthusiast of sorts, the Boy Scouts often invite me to help outfit or participate on their outings. I think because of this, i have been registered as a Scout leader for at least the past 10 years. Currenly I have been asked to serve as the Financial Clerk of our Ward. I'm not much of a finance guy and it is often hard to figure out how to balance the books or budget the donations but surprisingly it has been a spiritual experience and I've seen incredible blessings in my personal and business life because of the chance to serve. We are also very involved in community service in our area and work with other churches to help feed the homeless and stock a local food bank.