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Hi I'm Dan Oldroyd

I'm a husband, a father, and a runner. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm the oldest of 4 children and have lived in many parts of the country. I was born in Baltimore, Maryland and spent my growing up years in Washington D.C., Houston, Texas, Denver, Colorado and Gridley, California. All of those wonderful places were stops along the way of my father's career in medicine. I served a mission in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Information Management and a Masters of Business Administration. While at BYU I was fortunate to be on the technical staff of the performing group Living Legends. Being in the group was an unforgettable experience because I met my wife Michelle (also a member of the group) and we traveled throughout the western United States, Eastern and Western Europe, the Caribbean and South America. We made some cherished life-long friendships and visited some very beautiful parts of this world. I have a wonderful family who keep me busy and amaze me with their capabilities. My main hobby is running and most mornings you can find me running through the streets or trails of my neighborhood. I enjoy traveling to new places and watching college football.

Why I am a Mormon

Even though I was raised a Mormon from birth I had to find out for myself whether the church was true. At some point everyone needs to go through a conversion process and come unto Christ. For some that happens when they are young and for others that happens later in life. For me, that conversion came when I was 18 years old. I had attended church weekly and most of the activities as I grew up. At age 19 young men are encouraged to serve a mission and as that time approached I began to wonder if I really had a testimony or if I was just relying on others, or if I believed because that is all I knew. The prophet Joseph Smith taught that the Book of Mormon iss the keystone of our religion, and that a man could get closer to God by reading that book than by reading any other book. There is a promise in the Book of Mormon that states 'ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if y shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost'. I decided to put that promise to the test and find out for myself whether this book is true. I knew that if the Book of Mormon was true, then Joseph Smith was a prophet. If he was a prophet, then the heavens were again open and the church of Jesus Christ had been resorted to the earth. I read the pages of that book for many weeks and I prayed to know if it was true. Most of those prayers seemed to go unanswered. However, one afternoon as I prayed to know whether the Book of Mormon was true, my answer came. I did not see a heavenly messanger or hear a voice, rather I had a strong feeling come over me and I knew the book was true. There was a peace that came to my heart and mind that is difficult to describe. I had received an answer to my prayer that has been a foundation for my life.

How I live my faith

Over the years I have had the opportunity to serve in the church and it has been a wonderful blessing. I have been able to spend many years working with the youth of the church, specifically the young men. I have been a scoutmaster, playing a role in helping young men receive the rank of Eagle Scout, and helping to teach them principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I have watched as these young men grew into men, served missions and have started families of their own. For five years I served as a Bishop of one of our local congregations and was able to work closely with faithful church members striving to do their best. I have witnessed the hand of the Lord in the lives of many people. I have seen people rely on faith and the teachings of Christ to overcome challenges and difficulties. I have been a witness to the healing power of the atonement and the change that can come over a person when they live the gospel. I continue to serve in the church and currently have responsibility as a counselor in our stake to work with multiple wards and branches. My focus is to help our members strengthen faith in Jesus Christ and strengthen families. I am grateful for the opportunities I have had and will have to serve my fellowman, both in the church and in the community. I hope to play a small role in helping others come unto Christ.