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Hi I'm Dan

I'm a husband, father, entrepreneur, coach, hiker, biker, sailor, runner and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm married and have five children. We home school all of them. My wife and I sing and all of our children play instruments. I write software and build companies for a living. I enjoy hiking, cycling, motorcycle riding, running, skiing, sailing, shooting, and exploring. I coach youth soccer and wrestling. I have an undergraduate degree in studio art from UC Irvine and a masters degree in business administration from USC. I also went to college in Bordeaux, France and Jyväskylä, Finland. I speak French and Finnish and enjoy learning every day.

Why I am a Mormon

I was introduced to the church when I was twenty-five years old. A friend of mine invited me to church. I went the first time and felt very good about it and met a lot of friendly people. I had no intention of joining the church, I was just checking it out. Then I continued to go for about six months. One night as I prayed I asked Heavenly Father if I should join the LDS church and I experienced an incredible feeling that was unforgettable and I knew there was no question about it. I was baptized and when I received the Gift of the Holy Ghost that same incredible testimony of light and truth came upon me. I know this is Jesus Christ's church and I love Him. That is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I have served in the church in many callings. I was in Elders' Quorum presidencies for 10 years (I moved a lot of people and even more chairs) and I have been a youth Sunday school teacher, worked in the nursery, worked in the temple as an Ordinance Worker, and been in three Bishoprics. I am currently the First Counselor in the Bishopric in my ward. I work with the youth, mostly fourteen and fifteen year-olds. My wife and I have been the ma and pa on trek and both really enjoy all the weekly activities we do with the youth. Due to my calling I start out early Sunday morning attending meetings with the Bishopric and ward leaders. Then we have our sacrament meeting and Sunday school classes. The third hour I attend the young men or young women classes. I often teach. After church I interview and counsel people and assist them in their challenges in life. We have a very friendly ward and people really love each other. So it brings me a lot of joy to serve them and to support them and be supported by them. During the week I pray many times during the day and I read or listen to the scriptures or teachings from our living prophets and apostles. One of my favorite times of year is General Conference. The entire church gathers using modern technology to watch and listen to teaching and counsel for living in the world today. Last conference, I took ten young men from Colorado to Utah for the General Conference. It was a wonderful road trip and it was fantastic to see the testimonies of the young men increase as they watched the prophet of the Church, President Thomas S. Monson, speak to them in person. That was a highlight of this year.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Dan
Mormon women are awesome! That's why I married the finest one I could find. A women with confidence is a woman who knows that she is a child of God and that she is loved and cherished by her husband and that she can walk side by side with him back to the presence of God. The more I have learned about the doctrine of the church, the more I have come to understand and appreciate the sacred role of the mother and father, husband and wife, and the role of motherhood and priesthood in God's eternal plan of happiness. We are in this together walking side-by-side for eternity. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

Dan
The priesthood is the power and authority given to man to act in God's name. We use this authority to run the church organization, to perform ordinances, and to bless people who are sick or need help emotionally, mentally, or spiritually. It is the same authority that Jesus Christ gave to his apostles to heal the sick and perform miracles. It is the same power that was used to organize the Earth and prepare it for us to live here. We use the priesthood in our home to bless our family members and operate the family organization with love and humility. Show more Show less