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Hi I'm Dan.

I am a civil engineer, an American, a husband, and a father. And I am a Mormon.

About Me

There are really only three things in my life - my family, my church, and my work. Everything else has to fit in one of those boxes or it falls off my radar. At work I am a water resources engineer - I help communities find and develop new sources of water and help them control flooding. At church I am a disciple - whatever God wants me to do I will do. Right now I am a Bishop in Texas. At home I am a father and husband - my wife and children are my favorite thing in the world.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up Mormon. My dad became Mormon in college; my mom and her ancestors have been Mormon for a long, long time. But I had to make my own choice, and I did make it when I was 18. My three older brothers (and one younger) all served missions for our church. I remember seeing my older brother Mike walk off the plane after two years in the Phillipines; he was so thin, so different looking! But what I really noticed was his face. Mike's face shone, like Moses after coming down from Sinai. I remember thinking in that moment, "I can see Christ in his face." His physical appearance radiated love, confidence, peace, and power like I had never seen before. That was the moment I knew I wanted to be a missionary. But when the time came to serve a mission, I realized that I was serving for myself, not because of my faith or belief. That was when I knew that I had to know 100% for myself if this was God's church, His path. So I prayed. I prayed mightily! I worked and worked, prayed and read, and finally, when I knew that I would do whatever God told me to do, the answer came through a feeling like none other, an assurance that this was right. Then I remembered all of the other times I had felt that same assurance but had either not recognized it for what it was, or had let the other activities of my life bury those memories. And since that time I have had more experiences than I could possibly write here that prove to me that this is God's will for my life, that this is His way to happiness.

How I live my faith

I am currently serving as Bishop of a congregation in Texas. This has been a great privilege for me because I love to serve Heavenly Father and love youth (they are my primary responsibility as Bishop). So I spend a lot of my time with the youth of our congregation. We go to breakfast, I go to their activities at school and church, I talk with them one-on-one, and I make sure they know I love them. I love the people in my congregation (ward). I mean that sincerely. I know every one of them by name and can say that I have prayed about every single one of them. I love them because God fills me with that love. And I teach my children about Christ. My wife and I make use of every opportunity to teach them about what it means to serve Him.