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Hi I'm Dan

I'm a lawyer. I'm a father. I'm a golfer. I'm a scouter. I'm a husband. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

When I saw my doctor a few years ago, he told me it was all downhill from there. I feel like it is just getting started. As a father of four young children, I am excited about the future and all the activities we will get to do together. My career is starting to fully develop. As an established and experienced lawyer, my confidence is growing, and I feel I can really help people. My wife and I are starting to figure each other out, which makes our relationship even more amazing. I can't wait to get to know her even better and experience even more love for and from her. I've been a Scout leader for over a decade, but it seems I'm just beginning to learn how to be prepared. It's is hard, but I think I am starting to figure it out. I have also become addicted to golf. It is a great way to challenge myself, get outdoors, decompress, and spend quality time with each of the kids. When I ride my mountain bike along long mountain trails, I enjoy downhill sections the most. If that is what my doctor meant about life, he was right, because my life since then has only gotten better.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because I know it's true. I'm a cynic, and I question everything. It's what I do for a living. As a teenager I was cynical about the Church. I questioned my beliefs, or my parents' and friends' beliefs, and I looked for answers. I prayed. I read the scriptures. I still remember sitting in my room reading the Book of Mormon late at night when I came across Mosiah 2:41. The peace and clarity that came into my mind and heart as I read that verse were overwhelming. I knew then the Book of Mormon was true, and I knew the fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ was restored to the Earth through the Prophet Joseph Smith. Most important of all, I knew that Jesus Christ was my Savior. As I grew older I experienced more life. I made some serious mistakes that caused me to question and doubt my faith. At times I wanted to give up trying to be a faithful Latter-day Saint because I didn't think I could do it. But every time I question the gospel or the Church I recall that night all alone in my room as a 16 yo boy when I felt the unmistakable power of the Holy Ghost telling me it was true. Instead of turning from the Church, that knowledge and understanding caused me to turn to my Savior for strength, help, and forgiveness. The peace that comes with forgiveness is amazingly sweet. It has only solidified my testimony of Christ and His atonement. He is real. He lived. He died and was resurrected. He is my Redeemer. No matter how much I question all else, about Him and his gospel I am certain. That doesn't mean I understand everything that is taught, nor does it keep me from questioning the things that are taught. It does give me a foundation of faith, however, on which to build understanding. Then I read and pray some more to find more answers.

How I live my faith

My faith spills over into everything I do. It affects every interaction I have with others. It caused me to devote time to Scouting, even when my son was not of age, because I believed it was what Heavenly Father wanted me to do to make myself better and to serve Him best at this time in my life. Now my son is a Scout and that makes serving even better. My faith motivates me to be an attentive husband and engaged father. Because I expect to be together with them forever, I know building my relationships with my wife and children on Earth is more important than anything else I do. It even makes me a better lawyer and counselor for my clients, because it gives me perspective about life. In short, it makes me a better person.