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Hi I'm Dan

I grew up in Idaho. I am a bilingual teacher at a high needs school. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love sports. College football, baseball, basketball, golf pretty much anything. I play in a flag football league and play basketball at least once a week. I occasionally run and love to work out. I also own a tutoring business to go along with my teaching. My wife and I were married 4 years ago, and we have a wonderful son. I enjoy spending the weekends playing and rough housing with him. I was a Spanish major and now teach elementary school students. I am working toward obtaining my master's degree in educational administration and aspire to be a principal someday.

Why I am a Mormon

Since I was very young, my parents taught me to follow Jesus Christ, and do all that I can to live his gospel. I was taught that Jesus loves me and wants to help me. I had to find this out for myself though. Through scripture study and prayer, I have been able to develop a relationship with the Savior where I have felt his love for me. I am Mormon because through the gospel of Jesus Christ as taught in His church, I am able to participate in the blessings of salvation. I am grateful for the prophets and apostles and how their testimonies of the savior help me draw closer unto him. It didn't really hit me the importance of the testimony of the prophet Joseph Smith until I was a missionary. One of the first things that you teach people that you meet as a missionary is the experience of Joseph Smith praying to Heavenly Father and being visited by him and Jesus Christ. I would wonder sometimes why we would start by teaching about prophets of old and about Joseph Smith. Then one day it hit me. God helped me see that when I taught about Joseph Smith the prophet and of his visions, I was testifying of a living and loving Heavenly Father. I was teaching of a Savior who is guiding us in our day and not only died for us on the cross to save us, but also sends his messengers today to teach the way to receive that salvation. To teach us his gospel. I am a Mormon because through his prophets and through his apostles, I can receive the words of eternal life. I have been given his priesthood authority to act in his name and bless the lives of those that need it. I have received those same blessings and ordinances which will grant me the rights of life and salvation. I want to follow Jesus Christ, so I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints we are asked to help the church with different roles and responsibilities. For example, right now I have been asked to help work with the youth of the church. I am a Boy Scout leader for boys ages 14 to 18. Every Wednesday night, we meet together as a youth and have different activities. Some of those activities revolve around Boy Scouts for the boys. I help them plan and implement different activities they want to learn as they progress toward the rank of Eagle Scout. This helps them to not only learn earthly lesson, but also how to draw closer to their Savior through hard work and connections to nature and recreational activities. I also help teach gospel lessons during Sunday meetings. Through working with these young people, I try to show them my love for the Savior and help them see how much they can do in their lives as they become closer to him as well. Outside of church service, I try to help other people as much as possible. Like many people in our religion do, I postponed my education for a while when I was 19 and went on a two year proselyting mission. During that time I developed a great love for the Savior and for others. I was happy as I spent all my time helping and serving others. I wanted to have that same feeling everyday for the rest of my life. When I came, I needed to decide what to do as a profession. I wanted to do something where I could have an effect on others. I went into teaching because I knew that everyday I would have the opportunity of blessing the lives of the students I work with. Now I am a teacher in a poverty stricken school. Most of my students do not have a single family member who has ever gone to college. Many have parents who can't read. As I teach them, I am trying to build them up so that they can go on to college and better their lives. I try to live my faith by helping them reach their potential everyday.