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Hi I'm Dan

I started and continue to run a community outreach program in our city. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a grandfather of 14. I love to garden and spend time with my children and grandchildren. I love people. I am really into family history research - it's all about the stories of their lives. So I guess I could say "I love dead people too." I love helping others catch the bug by finding stories about their ancestors. My wife and I are writing a book of stories about our families. My wife is an artist and she is going to illustrate the stories with her paintings. I am an accountant by trade, and I have worked for the LDS Church for over 30 years. Before graduating in accounting, I served as a bodyguard to the Prophet Spencer W. Kimball back in the 1980's. I cherish all of my experiences I have had working with these prophets and apostles over the years.

Why I am a Mormon

Growing up in a home with an alcoholic father and a mother who had to work every evening to provide food for the family, taught me that nothing can be taken for granted. My mother's faith and encouragement to find the Lord early in my life, led me to explore praying to and relying on a loving Father in Heaven to provide direction in my life. That direction came to me through his son - my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Being able to see the Lord's hand in my life even during the trials of my early years, helped me to have a desire to serve him, to be like him. At the age of 19, I served a mission for the LDS Church to New York City. It was while serving this mission that I received an even more powerful witness of my Savior Jesus Christ and his mission to come to this earth, to atone for my sins, and to break the bands of death through his resurrection. I also received a witness of the work and ministry of the prophet Joseph Smith. His mission was to reveal Jesus Christ to all of us. For this, I will ever be grateful. There is no doubt in my mind of the goodness and the reality of Christ. I know he lives. He is the only begotten of the Father. My Heavenly Father blessed me with this understanding. I partake of the Savior's atonement on a daily basis. This is the source of all of my peace and happiness in this life. I do not take this great gift for granted. Like my mother, I would invite you to explore praying to and relying on a loving Father in Heaven to provide direction in your life. I know the Lord will respond to you as he has to me. Oh, how I love them.

How I live my faith

The Savior taught us to love and serve unconditionally. As the stake president of our local stake (approximately 3,000 members of the LDS Church), I am always looking for ways to serve and show my love to all of our neighbors regardless of their religious affiliation. The outreach program that we started in our city allows me to participate in service such as the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program where about eleven of our community members (of all faiths) volunteered to be trained and then provide free tax return preparation assistance to over 200 families in the 2013 tax season. In addition we have run a community garden for the past four years with over 80 family garden plots. We expanded this on another site by an additional 32 plots. Excess produce harvested from these sites is shared with our neighbors free of charge each Saturday Morning during the growing season. This is the largest free "farmers market" that we know of. Twice a year we provide a "Share the Wear" event which includes the gathering and free distribution of gently used clothing goods to the community. We recently opened a Family History Center in our LDS Stake Center. This center is open to the public and free of charge. The center provides many web services such as Ancestry.com and other search tools that would cost hundreds of dollars a year to have come into our own homes - free of charge. This is where I am finding many of the stories that I have sought about my own family and those whom I am helping. In addition to these things, our outreach provides English as a second language clasess (ESL), addiction recovery classes for addicts and for friends and family support, physical exercise classes including open play indoor and outside full field soccer. We sponsor an annual Night Out Against Crime event which drew over 1,500 people in the summer of 2012.