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Hi I'm Daniel

I haven't been all my life, but I'm a Mormon and very happy to be one.

About Me

I am a normal American. I have a relatively good job and we are very happy where we are and with what we are doing. I have raised one daughter and three sons. I taught them all to fish and shoot. We have a very large garden and we provide food for our table each year. We can much of what we grow and we share with our neighbors. I have worked in law enforcement and in the oil business all over the oil patch. I enjoy going out into the forest to cut wood to heat our house. I have 4 chain saws and have as much fun with them as I do with my fishing poles and my weapons. We usually go as a group of men cutting wood for each other. I have dropped a tree on my head and been hit in the chest by a falling oak. Each time I thought life was over, but I am still here and still cutting each season. I enjoy teaching and have been teaching the gospel for 39 years. I worked as a car mechanic for several years. I taught all my children to maintain their cars saving me and the family thousands of dollars over the years.

Why I am a Mormon

As a young boy I watched my family search for a church. My parents would take us from one church to another. I don't remember much about those experiences. One day my father brought home a Book of Mormon he had borrowed from an acquaintance. He read the book quickly and knew it was true by the time he finished. He then gave the book to my mother. She testified to me one day that before she completed 4 or 5 chapters, the Holy Ghost testified to her heart of its validity. From that moment, there was no going back. As a child in the family, I was able to witness the changes made in the lives of my parents. These changes were substantial as my mother quit a 4 pack plus a day smoking habit and my father stopped drinking beer every day. Over the next several years as my parents grew in the gospel, the Spirit spoke to my heart testifying over and over of the truth of the things we were learning. The scriptures came alive as we read little bits day by day. My father would lead the family in daily prayer. I was thrilled to be baptized and confirmed. I was later very proud to receive the priesthood. In the quiet moments on my life today, the Holy Ghost whispers to my heart and I know I could never deny. This is the true Church of Jesus Christ. Listening to the Spirit bear witness to this sometimes requires that I quiet the noise of the world so that I may hear. That noise is sometimes attitude or previous learning or just rebellion. When I am successful, my life is blessed with truth and joy.

How I live my faith

Each Sunday I rise and prepare for church. Going to meetings each Sunday is an opportunity to be around those that have similar testimonies of the gospel. We strengthen and love one another. I serve as a Ward Mission Leader working with the local missionaries and with other members to spread the gospel. I teach a lesson in Sunday School every week. I served as a missionary in South America back in the '70s. Two of my sons served missions in the same country giving us a common bond that is precious to us all. Teaching others the gospel is a very special thing. I get to feel the Spirit of the Lord as He testifies truth to those that will open their hearts and their minds and look beyond tradition, prejudice and engrained life styles. The effort people make to receive revelation about the truth of this church is amply rewarded and I love being a part of the process.