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Hi I'm Dr. Dan Smith

I'm a retired family physician in Idaho. I have a special interest in geriatrics and hospice care. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I was raised in Idaho and love hiking and camping in the mountains. My father was a general practice doctor. I also had a younger brother who was a G.P. I served a mission to Taiwan from 1960-1963. I speak Mandarin Chinese. I attended medical school in Memphis, Tenn. I interned in Ogden, Utah. I served 6 years of military service. My wife and I lived in China for 32 months teaching primary care medicine from 2007-2010. We also served a mission to East Malaysia (Singapore Mission) from 2011-2012. We are currently getting visas to serve as Area Medical Advisors in Buenos Aires, Argentina. We have raised 6 children and have 20 grandchildren. We enjoy hiking, XC skiing and gardening.

Why I am a Mormon

I love the gospel of Jesus Christ. I love to study the Bible, the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants and the Pearl of Great Price. I love gospel music. I have a testimony that we have a Father in Heaven who loves us. We have a Savior, Jesus Christ, who has set such a great example for us. Joseph Smith was a prophet of God and translated the Book of Mormon through the gift of revelation from God. The Church of Jesus Christ has been reestablished on the earth today and contains all the authority from God and the ordinances needed for us to be able to return with our families to live with God again after this life ends. I know Thomas S. Monson is God's prophet today.

How I live my faith

I currently teach a gospel doctrine class in Sunday school. I am a home teacher. I have served in many positions in the church including as a Bishop's Counsellor. I have been a scout leader for over 25 years. I have served on a Stake High Council. My wife and I served a leadership training mission to Sarawak, Borneo, East Malaysia. We have both been choir directors in our local congregation. We assist in cleaning our local chapel.

What are some of the ways that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints helps those around the world?

Dr. Dan Smith
As a physician, I have seen many people who have had their lives blessed by living their religion. By following the teachings of the Word of Wisdom and avoiding alcohol, tobacco, and addictive drugs, people live longer and with better health. They have better quality of life. Our home was flooded when the Teton Dam burst in 1976. We received a lot of unselfish help from church members and others who gave of their time and sweat to help us restore our home. While in China and Malaysia, my wife and I observed LDS Charities and Humanitarian Services helping many communities with wheelchairs and water projects. In Borneo, we also participated in special help for 2 long-houses in Borneo that burned to the ground. These long-houses had 20-35 families living in them. The Church was able to offer assistance in as little as 4 days by mobilizing funding through the Area office and buying essentials such as food, clothing, bedding, stoves, etc. Show more Show less