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Hi I'm Dan

I'm a Devoted Father, a Rocker, a Motorcycle Enthusiast, a Pediatric Oncology Nurse, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Born and raised in the LDS Church, I have lived my entire life in the great state of Utah. I have been blessed with three daughters that have proven to be my closest allies and dearest friends. By day, I am a Registered Nurse working with pediatric cancer patients. I provide direct patient care, as well as clinical process analysis and software design / implementation. My leisure time is spent making music in a number of different local projects including an annual Christmas benefit in which I am able to share the stage with my girls. Music plays a major role in our lives and provides a common bond between our immediate and extended family. I have been drumming since the age of 12 and have been privileged to be part of a musical "family" that has included my brother for the better part of 30 years. In addition to music, I have a deep appreciation for the scenic grandeur of the state I live in and enjoy seeing it from the vantage point of my motorcycle.

Why I am a Mormon

One might assume that having been born in to an LDS family, the "why" would be self explanatory... In reality, I spent much of my early years "checking the boxes" of a faithful member of the church while neglecting the underlying fundamental building of my own testimony. When the storms of life came, I was not securely anchored and began to drift... I spent many years seeking those things that the world promised would bring me happiness and satisfaction in this life. Through these pursuits I hurt and neglected many of those who would, in the end, stand as the very few that truly believed in me and had my best interests at heart. When the consequences of my choices finally culminated in the loss of all that I thought this world had to offer, I was finally ready to receive divine guidance... Through the silent prayers and unconditional support of many family and friends, our Father in Heaven had been preparing me to finally understand His plan for me... When I thought all was lost and felt absolutely alone in this world, I was given the gift of introspection and self discovery. As I systematically removed the influences and activities from my life that had taken me down this dark path, I found myself contemplating the things I should now seek to fill those voids in order to live a more productive and peaceful life. For the first time in many, many years, I prayed... Not long after asking my Heavenly Father to help me understand the plan He had for me, I was engaged in a painting project one Saturday morning and wanted some background noise to help pass the time. I turned on the television, having selected no channel nor program in particular, and was given my answer through the Saturday morning session of the semi-annual LDS General Conference that had begun only minutes before. The journey back has not been easy, nor without sacrifice, but the peace and happiness I sought has finally been found in the restored gospel of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

My life experiences have taught me that happiness is a choice. We choose each day how we will spend our time, with whom we will spend it, and to what end we will expend our energy. Those choices will either bring happiness, growth, and progress, or frustration, despair, and discouragement. I have found that choosing to share my experiences and the lessons I learned from them is a very wise use of my time. Serving others in this capacity has helped remind me each day of where I have been, where I am headed, and why I never want to go back... If I can help others struggling with a loss of faith and direction by being an example of the wonderful things that can happen when we turn our lives over to the Savior, I can think of no better way to show my appreciation for His atoning sacrifice and the new perspective I have gained by doing so. Approaching others in a spirit of unconditional love allows us to truly understand and give compassionate service to those who seek the same peace and happiness that can be found in living according to the teachings of Jesus Christ and His living prophets. In simply doing so, I have been given the opportunity to share my testimony with many who may have otherwise never thought to seek answers to their own struggles through prayer. Honesty, integrity, and the desire to avoid hypocrisy at all costs has allowed me to break through many of the preconceptions of what being "Mormon" is and share that with people who may have never considered the gospel as a source of comfort, peace, and happiness.