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Hi I'm Dan

I’m a dad of 9, a grandpa of 25, a life-long student and teacher, a classic car enthusiast and I’m a Mormon.

About Me

My brothers and I were raised in Utah but I have lived in Oregon and Washington most of my life. I love being surrounded by mountains, lakes, rivers and tall trees. In my work, I enjoy being in the midst of this beautiful scenery every day. Hiking and fishing are among my favorite pastimes. My sweetheart and I are the parents of 6 sons and 3 daughters, all but two of whom now have families of their own. Our 24 grandchildren keep us sharp just trying to remember their birthdays. I am so very grateful that these precious family relationships can and should continue beyond the grave into the eternities.

Why I am a Mormon

Of the many reasons I could cite for being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, foremost is my sure witness by the power of the Holy Ghost that the Book of Mormon is the word of God, a second testament to the divinity of Jesus Christ. Also, that its translator, Joseph Smith, was raised up by God and called to be a prophet to the nations in our time just as his counterparts were in ancient times. His mission was to restore the purity and fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to establish His Church with all its power and authority just as it was in the meridian of time, Jesus Christ being the chief cornerstone and head of the church, it being led on the earth by divinely ordained Apostles. All this to prepare the earth for the Lord’s return. Another key reason for me being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is this: As a Christian, I understand that God desires to conform each of us to the image of His Holy Son. Perfect love and selfless service were the hallmarks of the Savior’s life. These characteristics are not to be developed casually. We must imitate Him in our daily walk. In the Church, there is no clergy and there is no laity. Every faithful saint may have the privilege of actively participating in building the Kingdom of God on earth. So far as I know, the Church is unique in providing this vehicle toward Christ-likeness to every member regardless of age or social status.

How I live my faith

In addition to my daily devotional habits of prayer, scripture study and journaling, I have, for the past five years, pastored a congregation of about 500 souls. This includes many hours of teaching, counseling youth and adults, administration, conducting weddings and funerals and a myriad other acts of service.