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Hi I'm Dalan

I live in Southern California. I'm a husband, father of six wonderful kids, and a physician assistant. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Like most people, the last few years have been a challenge. After being laid off as a graphic designer for 12 years, I decided to change my career and become a physician assistant. Being a husband and father, the decision to change careers was not an easy one. Through much prayer and the support of my wife, family, friends, and church we made the leap of faith. I'm currently working as a physician assistant with two orthopedic surgeons and loving every minute of it. I look back at the road I have been traveling and realize that the poem "Footprints in the Sand" is more than just words...I lived it. I'm so grateful for the many days that the Lord literally carried me during my time of struggle and hardship. As a father, being unemployed is one of the most difficult experiences I had to endure. I know that my faith and the Lord's love carried me. I hope that all of you out there who are having the same challenges can take comfort in my profile and know that the Lord knows you and is aware of you. Put your trust and faith in Him and you will be blessed.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up as a Mormon and did not truly become converted to Mormonism until I was 19 and was serving a mission for my church in Atlanta, GA. It was during that time I talked to people of different faiths, attended different religious institutions, and really had to find out for myself if being a Mormon was what I wanted. I was thousands of miles away from home, wearing a shirt and a tie on a bicycle during in the heat of Summer, and defending a faith that I didn't truly believe. I was not going to do all this hard work just because my parents believed it was true. I needed to find out for myself. I soon found myself immersed in scripture study and prayer. More importantly I read the Book of Mormon from cover to cover. After reading the Book of Mormon, praying for a witness of its divinity, and studying other religions, I received a witness from the Holy Ghost that the Book of Mormon is the word of God. Just as the Bible is the word of God written by ancient prophets, so too is the Book of Mormon the word of God written by ancient prophets and translated by a modern prophet...Joseph Smith. My mission was a valuable experience that has blessed my life forever. I was able to develop a personal relationship with my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. After my mission I was able to find a wonderful wife and get sealed or married in the San Diego temple for time and all eternity. There are several doctrines that are different in the Mormon church; modern day prophets and apostles, modern day scripture and revelation, a lay ministry, temples, most of which are found in the Bible. But the differing doctrine I am most grateful for is eternal families. That is why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by dedicating several hours a month visiting people who are seeking guidance in the gospel or who are needing help. I counsel with these individuals and provide opportunities for them to receive support from church leaders. I also help organize and participate in several service projects. Not only do I provide service to church members, I also provide service to my community. A few weeks ago my family and I spent several hours on a Saturday laying wood chips at a community playground. I'm also very involved in Boy Scouts of America and with the youth of our church. Attending campouts and seen these young men grow is a great opportunity to help the future of our country. I strongly believe that being an example of service is extremely important to our youth.