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Hi I'm Dan

I have 3 sisters. I have 3 daughters. I have one lovely wife. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Raised in Colorado; Educated in Utah; Experienced In Southern California. Life has come full circle. I grew up with 3 sweet sisters, now I have 3 beautiful daughters, and an amazing wife (1). I have chased tennis balls for the better part of my life, and when not on the hard courts, you might find me standing sideways on a 9.5-foot long board, or on a 5-foot snowboard (more likely the latter, but I prefer the former). I'm still hoping my girls might join me one of these days. I studied accounting in college; worked for a public accounting firm in SoCal, and gravitated into a business operations position for a small family medical company - a sweet gig and an education in its own right. What have I learned? Work is a blessing; adversity is certain; life comes with risks; loving family and good friends is a sweet reward.

Why I am a Mormon

Sure I grew up as a member of the Church; however, as a teenager many years ago I started having occasional, memorable, meaningful, personal spiritual experiences. Those experiences, coupled with additional learning and life's experience, have served to sustain my faith in what I believe since that time. One experience remains vivid in my memory: after reading The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, I wanted to, and I felt that I could, receive an answer to prayer about whether or not it was a true holy book, like I believed the Bible to be a holy book. I prayed and pleaded sincerely to my Heavenly Father to know the answer to this question; however, I didn't really feel any different one way or the other. I didn't know what to think? So, I began reading the Book of Mormon again. Within the first few verses, or within the first minute or two, I truly felt like I was staring at and reading the words that served to answer the question which I had just asked in prayer. I re-read those words over and over, almost in disbelief. I felt that those words were speaking to me individually at that time. Could this be my answer to prayer, or just "coincidence"? I once heard that coincidence was God's attempt at micro-managing the universe. Who knows? But I still remember how I felt that night - how I felt that God was speaking to me. That is, at least one reason, why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I strive to keep perspective; it's hard. Life is a big balancing act. I fail regularly, but occasionally experience small triumphs. I attempt to place more importance on those things that really bring lasting joy and happiness to my family. Generally those things involve attempting to better follow Jesus Christ and His teachings. For example, I attempt to honor my great parents and to remember beloved ancestors who made real sacrifices for me and my family; I am mindful that, I too, share that obligation to my wife and children now, and to hopefully grand-children of our own some day (way in the future).