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Hi I'm Dan

I started out as a cowboy and ended up an agronomist. I’m a science guy with a PhD in soils. I became a Mormon 33 years ago.

About Me

I have been married to my wife and best friend for thirty-three years. We have been blessed with four near-perfect daughters. I am the fourth of four boys. As a father, I will take girls over boys most days. We are grandparents, eight times over. I started out as a cowboy and ended up an agronomist. I’m a science guy with a PhD in soils. I was 30 years old with two children when we went back to school for graduate studies. I was one of the department’s reference fathers. I live and work in Washington State and have always lived in the West. As a youth, I was an agnostic bordering on atheist, later I was baptized Catholic, but subsequently found my home, completion and peace in the LDS Church. I enjoy humor, particularly word play. I enjoy fishing more than catching. I love the Lord, Jesus Christ: He is the center of my world. I love my family: they are the focus of my life

Why I am a Mormon

I was introduced to the LDS faith by my brother’s sister-in-law. In the doctrines of the LDS Church I found logical answers to life’s most difficult questions. The nature of God and the Trinity, why we are here, heaven, hell, salvation and many other concepts are logically and clearly explained in LDS doctrine. As I read the Book of Mormon I came to realize that it did indeed contain the Word of God. Long discussions culminated in my taking the missionary lessons, subsequent baptism and confirmation into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. That was some 33 years ago. I continue to be amazed by the simplicity yet all-including nature of the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is a wonderful, comforting feeling to know that there are living apostles and prophets of our Savior, Jesus Christ, on earth today providing us all with inspired guidance to help us through this sometimes difficult life.

How I live my faith

Our children are all adults now. However, parenting never seems to stop. We pray for our children and grandchildren every day and speak with them often. Being a father is an eternal responsibility. I love my family and I am grateful to see the blessings of the Savior working in the lives of all my children and their families. In the LDS Church, the local membership runs every auxiliary under guidance from higher authorities. A bishop is the leader of each local congregation and with inspiration from God, he calls members to work in various positions or jobs. I have served in many capacities during my 33-year membership. I have worked with older people, young people, leadership and boy scouts. Before I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, I prayed for opportunities to work with and help young people. God has answered that prayer many times over. Currently, I am a Sunday school teacher for 14 and 15 year old youth. This year we are studying the New Testament. It is most enjoyable to share the personal stories of Christ’s ministry and the teachings of the early apostles with the bright young people in my class. Another man in the congregation is assigned with me to visit the homes of 2 other families in the congregation each month to share a gospel message and ascertain any needs of the families. This activity is called “home teaching” and is an activity in which nearly all men and older youth in the Church participate. The bishop has responsibility for the spiritual and daily welfare of every member in the congregation. He cannot be everywhere, so the home teachers are his eyes, ears and helping hands.