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Hi I'm Dan

I grew up on an Idaho dairy farm. I had a career in Computer Information Technology. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am 72 years old, but can't relate to that number. Most of my time, at this point, is related in one way or another with "family". I am a "practicing" father/grandfather of 5 children and 19 grandchildren. My wife, who I met the 1st night of college classes, after returning from a 2 1/2 yr. mission for my church, have been married for over 50 years. One of my highest priorities in life is continuing this "practice" to the best of my understanding, abilities and strength. Therein I derive my greatest joy. I am retired from the Information Technology industry where I started my career as a Systems Analyst for a major mainframe computer company. During my many years in that industry I managed Systems Analysts, managed different Sales and Marketing organizations, and managed highly specialized IT Consultants. During my career, and since retiring, I and my wife have done a lot of traveling, and have been to most states in the U.S., as well as many countries. We love cruising, and have been on many cruises. We so enjoy taking our children (and now including grandchildren) on trips, and have done so many times, especially while our children were growing up. We loved/love family vacations together. In our most recent retired years, we have devoted quite a bit of our time in service to others, including our families. We have just accepted an 18 month mission to provide dedicated service time to the people of the New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont areas.

Why I am a Mormon

I feel greatly blessed to have been born of parents who had previously, independently and individually, been introduced to the teachings of the Mormon Faith in their youth. Each of my parents' families were baptized into the Mormon Faith (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints), my father's in North Carolina and my mother's in South Carolina. Though my mother's father was a lay minister in the Campbellite Faith, after he and his family had the opportunity to thoroughly study, examine and pray about the Mormon Faith, they knew it was true. My parents' families became "faith pioneers" in their respective areas. But, as they studied the Book of Mormon, learned of the restoration of priesthood authority in these latter-days, by angels from God, and saw the fruits of Jesus's restored church, they came to a knowledge, by the Holy Ghost, that it was true. So, it was worth being "faith pioneers". I grew into young adulthood under the influence of these convictions and living examples. Though I grew up basking in the warmth and glow of their burning light of gospel living, I knew I needed to be able to have my own light of knowledge burning of its own accord. My undeniable testimony of the Book of Mormon, through the Holy Ghost, came in my high school senior year. Gradually, precept upon precept, here a little - there a little, the understanding and testimony of principle after principle fell into place, until today, it is as if it were a blazing fire. A witness, by the Spirit, and testimony of each truth came about in its own time and way. I am a Mormon because I have come to a sure understanding and conviction, through extensive study, prayer and living these restored principles that this church is unique in heritage, divine in its restoration and priesthood, and holds all the keys to eternal joy, happiness, eternal life and exaltation, for me and my family. Of this I bear witness.

How I live my faith

Because of my appreciation, respect and love for Jesus Christ, I strive to live my daily life as if He would just happened to be, physically, in my presence. I would not want my actions to draw His disappointing glance. However, because of mortal weakness, I have many times merited just that. My conviction and testimony of Jesus's completed mission for God's children and His merciful atonement motivate me to consistently "strive" to be a true disciple. And, it definitely does help me become a better person. This conviction and motivation inspires me to follow Jesus's example of serving others. I am grateful to have had the opportunity, during my life, to serve in many capacities in my church and community, including responsibilities as a Scout Master, leading young men, leading men's organizations, presiding over the spiritual and temporal needs of a geographical area called "Ward". And, in leadership capacities over children, youth and adult organizations and activities of a larger geographical area of "Wards" referred to as a "Stake". Also, interacting with other faiths and peoples in providing for the needs those less fortunate. Also, because of my great love and appreciation for Jesus, I feel it is important to set an appropriate example as a "Christian", to all with whom I associate or work. It is my belief that my outward actions should reflect my inward convictions ... again, not always a "slam dunk" ... with continued practice of the teachings I know to be true, I am making progress ... I am so grateful for the "atonement". I have a abiding conviction that the greatest way I can live my faith is in my home. The only things I will take with me, out of this mortal life, will be what I have learned and become, and my relationship with my Savior and my family (progenitors and posterity). That being the case, much of my life focus and actions are related to those endeavors. Therein, I find the greatest joy and fulfillment.