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Hi I'm Dan

My wife and I raised our family and have lived in the Seattle, Washington area for the last 24 years, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a software engineer and project manager in the Seattle area. My wife and I celebrated our 29th wedding anniversary last month. We have 3 daughters and 3 sons born in that order, and 3 grandchildren. I enjoy bicycling, racquetball, volleyball and golf. I also enjoy singing, and have been in choirs and musicals since I was 6 years old. When I have time, I like to read murder mysteries. I spent many years involved in Boy Scouts as a scoutmaster, and in positions on the District and Council (Mount Baker) levels. All 3 of my sons earned Eagle Scout awards.

Why I am a Mormon

The reason I'm a Mormon is because I found out for myself that this church was restored by Jesus Christ. When I was young I had a number of experiences that witnessed to me that I had a Heavenly Father who loved and cared for me. I grew up in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, in fact I have many relatives on both my father and mother's sides of the family who were Mormon pioneers. But there were times that I wondered if this church was really true, and it bothered me that I didn't know for sure. I heard a talk from one of the leaders of the church say that a way to find out if the church is true and if Joseph Smith was a Prophet is to study the Book of Mormon and pray to find out if it is true, or in other words inspired of God. His message touched me profoundly so I decided to give his counsel a try. So I daily studied the Book of Mormon and prayed that I might know for myself if the words contained therein were revealed from God to prophets living on the American continent from 600BC to 421AD. I prayed morning and evening every day and even during the day many times. For 6 weeks I had been diligent, but still had received no distinguishable answer. On an afternoon of a mid-week day during the 6th week after I had read from the Book of Mormon, I knelt in prayer to know if the Book of Mormon was true when a very peaceful and warm feeling came over me. I knew I didn't make up that feeling myself, and given the peace it brought my soul, I knew it was of God. Then with the feeling thoughts entered my mind that the Book of Mormon was true. The feeling brought me great gratitude to Heavenly Father for answering my prayers. I have received many similar answers to prayer, for example to know that we have living Apostles and Prophets today. Every day as I study the scriptures prayfully, I feel the peace of our Heavenly Father, and my desire to follow Jesus Christ's example becomes and remains strong.

How I live my faith

Being a Mormon isn't just going to church on Sunday and trying to be and do good only one day of the week, it's a way of life. I'm certainly not perfect, but I strive to diligently live the Savior's commandments. In the church we have many opportunities to serve. I'm currently serving as a Bishop of the Ward where I live, or in other words the leader of the church congregation where I reside. Our congregation regularly performs service in the community. For example, this year we've served at the local food bank, performed landscaping at the local high school in preparation for its 50th year reunion, fixed up the yards of widows, and entertained the residents at a local nursing home. Over the years I've served in many organizations in the church, including the children's, young men's and adult organizations. I've served many years as a leader in Boys Scouts. I was also a soccer coach when my youngest son played in elementary and middle school. I'm an active voter, and encourage others to vote.