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Hi I'm Daniel

I live in southern Arizona and serve my state and my community as a police officer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am married and have 4 children. I enjoy working on cars (a Mustang fanatic), building and fixing things, photography, reading, shooting, working out and spending time with my family. I love the outdoors. I have a growing interest in computers and computer applications. I am a pretty good writer and have worked as a reporter in the past. I love traveling to beautiful places when on vacation. I have a love for high performance cars and I love to drive a powerful and well handling car. A few years ago, I managed the building of our home and got to do a lot of the work myself. It was one of the greatest challenges of my life. I supervise others in my job and enjoy serving them and seeing them progress and grow.

Why I am a Mormon

As a young boy, I had a strong sense of right and wrong and I knew at an early age that God was aware of me. I had a strong awareness that there was something out there that was missing from my life. I always tried to do my best, educate myself and follow my conscience to keep me in the right way. I was a good kid and stayed out of trouble, for the most part. My parents believed in God. My mom was raised a Catholic, but did not follow that faith much that I remember. My parents instilled in me the need to keep the commandments and follow the teachings of the Bible, even though we did not read it in our home. Mom and Dad read the Bible, but us kids did not have much access to it. I was given a new Bible when I graduated high school and I took it with me as I headed off to college. At college, I met a persistent young women who pursued a friendship with me. She introduced me to her family and I learned that she was a Mormon. My father was against the Mormons, strongly, but never could say why. After dating for some time, my friend gave me a Book of Mormon with her testimony written in it. She told me of the way she felt when she read the book. She invited me to read it and pray about it. With some reluctance, I did. As I read Joseph Smith's testimony in the front of the book, I related strongly to this young boy who was searching for the true church. I realized that I, too, had been searching all my life for this truth. I believed Joseph's testimony even before I read the Book Of Mormon. The feeling of peace I felt was like a door swinging open in my soul. I felt like I had found something I had known previously, but had lost. After reading the Book of Mormon and investigating the Church for 10 months, I was baptized. I faced much adversity from my father and others when I was baptized, but like Joseph Smith, I also knew it was true. I knew it and I dared not deny what God had revealed to me. I made a covenant and I had no desire to break it.

How I live my faith

Since joining the Church as a young man, I have served in many ways in the Church and in my community. I have served as a teacher, as a priesthood leader, as a bishop and a counselor to a bishop. I have served with the young men and young women of the Church, including scouting activities, youth conferences, outings and treks. I have served as a finance clerk, managing the funds of multiple units of the Church. I currently serve as a clerk and supervise and train many other clerks. I enjoy being a home-teacher, one who visits the homes of selected families each month, leaving a spiritual message and seeking ways to serve and assist those families with their needs and challenges. I enjoy befriending others and helping them to understand the Gospel. It is neat to be able to share experiences from my life that helps someone else work through their challenges. I am an avid student of the scriptures and the Lord has blessed me with a good memory of his teachings and the stories of the scriptures. He has blessed me with the ability to help others better understand the scriptures. I enjoy greatly the opportunity to share the simple, plain and precious truths found in the scriptures. My wife and I frequently attend the temple which is just a couple minutes from our home. We enjoy the peace and joy that fills our lives when we serve in the temple.

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

The Book Of Mormon is "Another testament of Jesus Christ" just as the "Old Testament" and the "New Testament" of the Bible are meant to teach us of the coming of and the ministry of Jesus Christ. The Bible, the Book of Mormon and other scriptures carry the spirit of Jesus Christ. It is not possible to prayerfully and carefully study these scriptures without being influenced by the spirit of Jesus Christ. You will come to know him better, understand his mission and ministry and develop a desire to follow his teachings and live as he did. Each of these scriptures contains the "fullness of the everlasting gospel" and will show us the way we should live our lives now and shows us the path to our eternal progression. Reading the scriptures also brings personal revelation to us and opens to our hearts and minds the mysteries of God. The Holy Ghost will animate our minds as we read, study and ponder the scriptures and bring answers to problems, helps us make decisions and convince us of the boundless love of God, Our Heavenly Father and his son, Jesus Christ. The scriptures are one of my closest friends and I turn to them often for strength, comfort and peace. They are truly treasures from heaven. Show more Show less