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Hi I'm Dan Ulrich

I'm a Mormon. I grew up in Washington State, have traveled the world in the Navy, & while working for Microsoft. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am married to a wonderful wife and have 5 children. 3 of my 5 children are married, and live in the Northwest, in the Seattle area where I live. I have 2 grandchildren, and another on the way. We are very fortunate to have all of us living in the same geographic area. I come from a large family, with only myself and my older brother active in the Mormon church.

Why I am a Mormon

I have found the amazing peace and clarity that comes with knowing the plan our father in heaven has for each of us refreshing, and very encouraging. The personal experiences I have had during my life have reinforced my faith, and continue to give me stregnth and comfort to this day. Over the last 10 years of my life, specifically, I re-learn that when I stray from the path of rightiousness and following the commandments and teachings of my faith, I soon fall farther and farther away from hapiness and peace, and soon find myself alone and usually mired down in the worlds worries and concerns, and fears. This cycle usually follows by any recent successes and achievements I feel I have made, falling away, and being less significant. I find, personally, that shortly after I get my life back into alignment with the teachings of Jesus Christ, and his examples and counsel, sometimes it takes awhile, I begin to regain my footing, and vision of purpose. Never has anything to do with more or less challenges that come my way, but rather how those challenges impact my view of life, and my view of myself and the future. It also always impacts the clarity I have about what is most important, and what is least important. I find I need to constantly re-align myself with my goals to work towards being more like Christ, and being more charitable, more forgiving, more helpful...those things like that, that I strive to be. When I drift back towards my selfish nature, I find my life and my family relationships are strained, are confusing, and begin to go off course. When reach inside and be humble, and submissive and teachable, as a child, and realize how I have been acting, and change, things begin, over time, to again become aligned. This formula has occurred many, many times during my life, and is a big part of my testimony of why I am a Mormon, and why I picked such a seemingly difficult religion to stay active in, from a worldly perspective.

How I live my faith

I see my life similar to how an airplane travels it course. I know that I need to constantly correct my course, and when I drift off course, I adjust to get back on target. The longer I stay off course, which I define as not keeping in alignment with living a Christ-like life, and working to be a better person, the harder it is for me to get back on track. When I seem my errors quickly, and adjust, it feel much more effortless, and much easier. I am very, very far from being perfect, or acting as if I am. I do strive to be honest in my dealings with my friends, family and fellow man. I stive to focus on the "BE" type attributes, and feel stronger and happier the more progress I make in those areas. While I am only 47 years old, I can sense that I have a long, long way to go to become the kind of person I need to be during this life. But I can see that the more I work at it, the more I keep the commandments and covenants I have made, the more I stay steadfast, the more 'muscle' I build to maintain and grow.