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Hi I'm Dan

I grew up on a Wisconsin dairy farm. I've lived in Tucson Arizona for 38 years. I'm a husband and father. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

On a dairy farm I learned the value of hard work. I also learned that milking cows happens twice a day, seven days per week--whether the sun was shining, the rain was falling, or whether it was summer or winter! I always looked forward to Sundays because my dad drove us to a little country church near our home. And on Sundays the tractors, balers, mowers, and other farm equipment were silent! I am the middle child of seven children. My mother wanted all of us to have some cultural experiences in addition to our regular chores at home. So piano lessons and musical instruments were always prevelant in our home. Occasionally, my older brothers and sisters and I would play piano quartets for the members of our local church. Each of my brothers and sisters and I also played a different musical instrument. My choice was alto saxophone. Consequently, my love of music has continued throughout my life. When I was sixteen, I lived and worked on a neighbor's farm. The family members were active members of another faith. But they had a family tradition which really intrigued me. Each Friday evening after chores, the father would gather his young family together to play games (children's choice), followed by a treat (usually ice cream). They called this activity "Fun Night." Later when I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I became acquainted with "Family Home Evening." Same principle, different name.

Why I am a Mormon

My goal upon graduation from high school was to become a pastor. But upon entering college in South Dakota, I met a sweet young woman, who eventually became my wife. We would often read the Bible together on our dates. But her religious upbringing was different than mine. So shortly after we married, we chose to compromise by joining a completely different faith, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In retrospect, that was one of the best choices we made as a couple. We gained a broader perspective about where we came from, why our choices in this life are so important, and our eternal potential after we leave this life. This knowledge has given us security and purpose for everything we do. We now know that we have a Father in heaven who loves us and provides us with choices and experiences which help us become more like Him and His son, the Savior and Redeemer of the world. I've gained a deep testimony through the Holy Ghost that the Book of Mormon is indeed "Another Testament of Jesus Christ." It's been a joy and privilege to daily read and ponder the messages contained in the Book of Mormon. It's also been a tremendous blessing to have the knowledge that families aren't just "'...til death do you part." Rather families can be together forever. And Heavenly Father has provided a way for each of us to enjoy that eternal blessing.

How I live my faith

I thoroughly enjoy participating in my church on Sundays--as well as other days of the week. I also enjoy visiting assigned members of my local congregation to encourage them to make righteous choices. It's a tremendous privilege to teach and share eternal truths contained in the scriptures with those who are diligently seeking the truth in the Arizona Tucson Mission. I encourage you to ponder your purpose in this life and seek additional answers through the Holy Ghost. I testify the fullness of the gospel has been restored in our day, and that the truth is within your reach!