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Hi I'm Dan

I am a husband, a father of two, a stepfather of two, and a grandfather of seven. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a recently retired educator, having taught at a college for 27 years. I have a Bachelor's degree in Secondary Education, and a Master of Science degree in Instructional and Performance Technology. I am a husband, a father of a son and a daughter, a stepson and stepdaughter and a grandfather of seven. I love camping each summer with family and church groups, I eat mostly vegetarian food, and with my wife I like to beautify our home and yard.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born in Ontario, lived in Nova Scotia in our family home, moved to Alberta as a child, and spent most of my time in Alberta. I joined the Canadian Armed Forces when I was old enough to enlist, and returned to Nova Scotia for basic training. Then I was posted to Alberta. After a tour in Egypt with the United Nations Emergency Force, I returned again to Alberta and obtained an honourable release from the military. At that time I began to question the direction I was heading. My life didn't seem to make as much sense as I expected it should, and I was not finding happiness in pursuing the distractions and pleasures of life. I took the bold step of believing that if God is as powerful as people say He is then why couldn't He tell me if He is there? I kneeled in prayer, and with faith and conviction asked Him to let me know that He was there, that He cared for me. I asked Him what He expected of me and I promised that I would do what ever He asked if He would answer my prayer. He answered, and I felt the burning of the Spirit as I was guided to go to church. I didn't know what church I would attend, but as I drove across the city, I was soon in front of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The promptings of the Spirit convinced me to put aside my fears and walk in. As I attended my first "Mormon" church service, I had no doubt from the feelings I was receiving that this was the rest of the answer to my prayers and pleadings. I was baptized about a month later, and then prepared to serve a mission. I was assigned to the Belgium Antwerp mission, where I spent two years preaching the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I have served in various callings in the Church, and currently work with the Young Men. As they are almost all registered as Scouts and Venturers, we also get opportunities to camp. I have been involved in camps over a period of about 18 years. I think this is as much fun for me as for any of them as we climb mountains, rappel off bridges and cliffs, and jump off cliffs into ponds. I also serve in the community, helping victims of crime and volunteering for various community organizations and boards. My wife and I are planning on serving a mission soon, so we are in the process of organizing our finances. We hope to serve somewhere with a mild climate but we will serve where we are called to serve.

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

When I told friends that I would become a missionary for the Church, they asked me how much I would be paid. That made me smile because the work we do as missionaries is entirely voluntary and at our own expense. It is a small price to pay to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with those who recognize the need for guidance from the Lord in their life. And as a missionary, I experienced a singleness of purpose and clarity of mind that has set the tone for the rest of my life. Show more Show less