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Hi I'm Dan

I'm a writer, I'm a musician, I'm a father, I'm a gamer, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a father of 5 kids, with a wonderful wife who helps keep me in line and not overdo it with them. We've been together for 12 years, if you count the actual seasons, though we've only had three official anniversaries, having gotten married on leap day 2000. I've been writing a story ever since I was eleven, and it's finally coming together in a decent book form, but it's a story I've had on my mind since forever. I also compose music as often as I have inspiration for it, which has been few and far between ever since I started working tech support (all my creativity goes into fixing peoples problems, till at the end of the day I'm stupid). I love sports, and play as often as occasion permits. I was very much into basketball when I was younger, and I still love that as my favorite sport today, though I feel I'm passable at a number of others including ultimate frisbee, volleyball, football, and about anything else I can get my hands on. I love camping, though it's harder now that I'm so big, but I really enjoy the outdoors and nature and just spending time away from things. And I like to game. Not just video game, but rpgs and the like. This is what I spend my spare time with.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church, and so my conversion to the gospel was instilled into me while I was very young. But I've always had an awareness of how true it was, and how it made sense and fit everything around me. I had several experiences growing up that strengthened my testimony. One such that is still very vivid to me was an opportunity I had to go and do some temple work when I was a senior in high school. I had to get a recommend so that I could enter, which required a signature, and I chased all over the city trying to track down that signature, and couldn't get a hold of any of the men that could sign that for me. Finally I had to give up, went home, dejected, frustrated. Right as I was taking off my tie, I got a call saying that my friend that was going with me had managed to get the signature, and we were able to go! This was a testimony to me of how the Savior steps in and fills the gaps when we do all that we can and it isn't enough. Experiences like that have happened other times, and my testimony of the gospel has grown through each one. Now that I have a family, I can see some of the love that my Heavenly Father has for me as I try to teach my children to follow in his ways as well, and it gives me hope for a bright future.

How I live my faith

I live my faith primarily by raising a family to the best of my ability. I take them to church with me, I encourage them to go to the activities, and I teach them in my home both through opportunities and through weekly family home evenings. I myself have had several things I've done in the church, many of them involving music. I lead the music in meetings for a while in a couple different places, and I was recently the choir director for a couple of years in my current ward. Now I serve as an assistant scout master, which is a wonderful opportunity to get to work with the young men. I earned my eagle scout when I was a youth, and I look forward to encouraging these boys to work toward the same goal.