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Hi I'm Dan

I am a retired world history teacher. I live with my wife, Christine. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a retired Middle School World History teacher. I lead the Irvine Ukulele Club. I play racquetball twice a week for a couple of hours each time. At the University of Arizona I was the "Yell King", which meant I led the student body in cheers at football and basketball games. I have acted in community theatre, and because of my interest in drama I have taught my elementary school classes in many dramatic productions through the years. I am the father of two talented children. Daniel is a return missionary for our church, a paramedic fireman, instructor of Doctors in their interactions with paramedics, and an extensive world traveler. Keleigh is a cosmetologist and mother of triplet three year old boys. She is an extraordinary mother, nurturing he sons' intelligence through many sensory experiences and trips to stimulating venues. I am married to an awe inspiring woman. Christine is gracious, forgiving, serving, compassionate, tireless, and courageous.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a convert to the Mormon Church. I study the scriptures and receive promptings from God to take certain actions. I receive strength from Him when I align my will to his. I know where I'm going in this life and the next. When I stumble I repent and start again. There is tremendous comfort knowing the Lord is with me, knowing that the creator of the universe knows my name and is concerned about me to the point that he took all my sins, pains, sorrows, fears, upon him. I know that through faith in him all fear will leave. I know that if I ask for his grace I will be guided though any trial and will receive Godly strength that could not be received by any other method.

How I live my faith

I am the High Priest's Group Leader in my ward. This means that I preside at a weekly meeting of about forty of my brothers, organize their home teaching efforts, which is monthly visits and service to other members of our ward, and spearhead service activities that we do as a group in the community. I organize with my wife an annual luau, or Hawaiian party for 100 people. Thirty singing ukulele players and several hula dancers perform for seventy ward members, and we have a Hawaiian feast. Through Mormon "Helping Hands" we assist with projects that revitalize or build up sections of Irvine.

Who was Joseph Smith?

Dan
Joseph Smith Jr. was born into a family of ten children. He was sincerely seeking for knowledge of God, as all of us can do. The plain truth is that while praying in the woods outside his family's farm God the Father and Jesus Christ appeared to him. He was 14 years old. Just like God spoke to Moses in a burning bush on Mount Sinai in the desert, and just like He appeared to Paul in the New Testament on his way to persecute Christians, and just like He appeared to Adam in the Garden of Eden, God and his Son appeared to the Latter-day prophet Joseph. How can we know that God appeared to Joseph in the nineteenth century? How do we know that He appeared to Moses, Paul, and Adam? The Savior Jesus Christ tells us that He will tell us in our heart and in our mind by the Holy Ghost, which will come upon us, which will dwell in our hearts. Behold this is the spirit of revelation. Behold this is the spirit by which Moses brought the children of Israel through the Red Sea on dry ground. How can we know that God appeared to the Prophet Joseph? Why wouldn't God appear to man in modern times? He appeared in the days of the bible. Why would he stop helping us now, when the earth is growing worse than it was in those days? When I listen to His still small voice I realize the truth of it, as did those ordinary people that followed Moses, Paul, and Adam. You can hear His voice and you can feel it in your heart, just like He said you can. It is the best feeling. Show more Show less