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Hi I'm Dan

I grew up with two Deaf siblings. I'm a physician. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am happy and optimistic. I love my family and I love life. I grew up in a bilingual home using American Sign Language as two of my six siblings were born deaf. Love was evident in our home and I have always been impressed with my parent’s rule to always sign even if I was not communicating with them. I am married to a wonderful & amazing wife and have two children with one on the way. We have had our own adventures with special needs, too. My nine-year-old son has had some struggles in this “neurotypical” world as he is on the autism spectrum. I have learned much about true love through my experiences with my children. No question the most difficult experience and test of that love came as I was separated from them while being deployed to Afghanistan as a military physician. Don’t get me wrong, that was an extremely rewarding experience, but I returned with a much healthier perspective on life and what really matters—family, faith, friends, and service.

Why I am a Mormon

I’m a Mormon because where else could someone have such a huge selection of perfect 10/10 girls to date! Knowing what you know about Mormons, those dating years can be pretty short and I too married young—to an amazing 20/10 wife might I add! And her rating keeps going up as the years go by. But to truly answer, I am a Mormon because I love Jesus Christ and desire to follow Him. I have found lasting happiness, purpose, and meaning in life through following His marvelous gospel. Everything this church does or teaches is centered around the teachings and mission of the Savior Jesus Christ. The Book of Mormon is such a powerful witness of Jesus Christ and filled with His pure gospel I can’t understand why anyone would not want to read it. This church has a wonderful and inspired organization. As a physician I am familiar with hospital wards. Our congregations are also called wards and I see similarities as we are all patients, nurses, and doctors as we all support and serve one another as we strive to follow the Savior’s example, even though I am imperfect and have a long, long way to go. This church is led by men inspired and called by God to lead and teach me. I love listening to the words of a living prophet and twelve apostles that uplift and guide me in this troubled, grief-stricken world. I also love studying the vast amount of knowledge and revealed truth that God has brought forth that includes the Bible and many other scriptures that have come through this church. These writings inspire and direct me toward my Father in Heaven and Savior Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

Regarding church service, I have been a toddler rodeo cowboy, primary class manager of mayhem, early morning high school seminary class awakener/teacher, church activities event manager/producer, Sunday School lesson facilitator, "ward"-renowned accomplished tenor, youth basketball coach, sign language interpreter, and for many years have had the exciting job of behind the scenes clerk duties. Never received any money for that service nor do others at church, not even the leader of our congregation. I paid for my two-year church mission to Argentina and loved it. The reward from service to others is not monetary, but internal and eternal. I feel true joy as I try in any little way to be of benefit for someone else. That is how I strive to act daily in my job, as a neighbor, and as Mr. Anonymous Nice Guy. I strive to live so that my actions and behavior can be similar to what the Lord Jesus Christ would do. I know I fail in many ways, but know that I still can have a positive influence on others. Possibly the greatest accomplishment, even more than any worldly accolades or wealth, would be for my family, friends, and acquaintances to say that they want to follow and learn more about Jesus for having known me.