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Hi I'm Dan

I grew up in San Diego, CA. I am a father of 5 wonderful sons. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I became a police officer about 3 months before marrying my wife. I worked as a police officer for almost 10 years, before a spinal injury forced my early retirement. We had 3 kids at the time, and since my retirement, we have added 2 more (all 5 are boys). I finished my college education when I was 36, and I am still trying to figure out what I want to do when I grow up! My hobbies are playing golf and reading. We have 8 chickens, a rabit, a cat, and a dog, so between the animals and the kids, there is not too much time to play. I find yard work to be relaxing to. All of my sons are athletic, so we enjoy taking the whole family to each of the different games. The boys each get to choose 1 season to play during the year, which helps keep us from over scheduling, and from allowing their sports to control our entire life! My wife is my best friend. She has always encouraged me to be my best, and to never give up, whether it is reagrding my work, play, family life, or our faith. She is the fiesty one between us. She can be a real mama bear, when it comes to her boys! I wrote and published a book. I think everyone has a book inside of them. We all have interesting, and unique stories of who we are, and how we got to the place in life we are currently in. I know that my faith in Jesus Christ, as my Savior and Redeemer, is what helps me get through my trials in life, and it makes me the person I am.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised by a mom who was a Mormon, and a dad who was not. I never had pressure on me to go to church, or to continue in the faith, especially as I grew older. One day, while driving the missionaries to an appointment, we stopped to talk to some people. I was able to hear the message the missionaries shared, and I felt something special about it. I began to read the Book of Mormon. I prayed to ask God if it was true. I knew, from the feelings I felt while praying about it, that it was true, and I could not deny it. I determined right then and there that I needed to go on a mission, to share with others the truths that I discovered. I served a mission in Illinois. I met some of the greatest people on earth there; some of them are dear friends of mine to this day, and forever. I am still a Mormon, not only because of what I felt as a young man, but because of what I continue to feel at church, or during conference, when I hear the prophet and apostles speak, and from the feelings I get from the Spirit, when I follow the teachings of Christ. The doctrines taught at church are the same doctrines taught by Jesus, almost 2,000 years ago. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the gospel of Jesus Christ, once taken from the earth (the dark ages), and restored back to the earth, through the prophet Joseph Smith. It is either all true or all false. I testify that it is true!

How I live my faith

The best way I have found to live my faith is to quietly do the small things that Jesus taught. The commandment Christ gave the most was to pray. That is my number one focus each day. I have my own personal prayers each day. My wife and I kneel in prayer at the start of every day, and we end the day in prayer as well. We pray as a family daily, as well as try to read from the scriptures daily. We are not perfect at it, but we make a sincere effort. Our current prophet, Thomas S. Monson, has said that, "family prayer is the single greatest deterrent to sin." Everyone in my family needs that strength, especially me! I was taught to teach the gospel all the days of my life, and when necessary, use words. Meaning, to live my faith, don't preach it to others, and they will learn what I believe, just by watching. I have had colleagues at work approach me and ask if I was a Mormon, after they observed that I did not do many of the things others at work participated in during off hours. Or, they have noticed the way I try to live, and have asked questions about what my religious views are. I have been told by friends who do not agree with my faith that they admire the way I live. I have responded with crediting my Savior, Jesus Christ, as I am just an imperfect person, trying to follow Him as best I can; and inviting them to follow Him in the same way, as He does not turn away any who are doing their best to follow Him.