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Hi I'm Dan

I grew up surrounded by Mormons in a small Utah community and was baptized into the church when I was 8 years old.

About Me

Although I grew up as a Mormon, I didn't become active in the church until I served as a full time missionary - I learned about the church at the same time as I was teaching about the church. After my missionary service, I completed college, 3 years in the Navy and started teaching elementary school where I met my wife. She was a kindergarten teacher and I was a first grade teacher. We have now been married 36 years and have 5 children. While raising our children, we both continued teaching, completed MA degrees and I went on to finish a doctorate and teach at a local university, assisting prospective teachers. We have worked hard to tame our yard, planting about 150 trees and growing gardens each year. I enjoy reading and writing, watching movies, traveling and teaching. While in the navy I traveled to most of the countries bordering the western Pacific Ocean and, since then, my wife and I have traveled to the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua and Peru - we went to each of these countries to pick up our children at the completion of their 2 year missions. We have also traveled together to Boston, MA and Toronto, Canada for educational conferences.

Why I am a Mormon

I am committed to the "Gospel of Jesus Christ" and desire to become a better disciple of the Savior in all that I do. I know that God lives and answers prayers and desire to share the "good news" of His plan for His children with everyone that I meet. The depth and breadth of "The Great Plan of Happiness" is a marvel and a wonder. The gospel embraces all truth and incorporates all that is good. I am amazed by the condescension and mercy of Jesus Christ and The Father. I know that through the Atonement of Jesus Christ I can be forgiven of my sins and have hope to return to my heavenly home; these blessings are available to all God's children - He is truly our Father in Heaven. We all live in a remarkable time in the history of the world. We have more ready and free access to truth than have any other people. We enjoy freedom and knowledge of which many in times past could only dream. We live in the last days - a time for preparation to receive the Savior when He returns once again to the earth in power and glory. In preparation for His "Second Coming", all that was revealed to Prophets of old and established by Jesus Christ during His ministry, has been restored once again to the earth. The Church of Jesus Christ, with all of it's ordinances, doctrines, commandments and blessings, is here upon the earth - restored through the work of a modern day prophet, Joseph Smith, and currently presided over by a living prophet, Thomas S. Monson. I am grateful that apostles and prophets, established by Christ as the foundation for His church, are once again upon the earth and lead His church, even the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I marvel at how the Lord is able to use imperfect, common, everyday people to accomplish His great and marvelous work. In the process, as we do the Lord's work, we grow and develop to become better people, more able to lift and bless the lives of our brothers and sisters - all of God's children.

How I live my faith

I have served in many different callings in my church but the most enduring and enjoyable have been teaching callings - adult Sunday School teacher and home teacher (visiting several families monthly with a message prepared for them). I have served as a local Branch President or Bishop (like a pastor for a local congregation of about 400 members) for 16 years and currently serve as a counselor to the Stake President (ecclesiastical leader for about 1500 members in a 10,000 square mile area). In this calling I am responsible for the watch-care of single adult members and for the training of local leaders in each of the wards and branches (like parishes) of the church. I also oversee the auditing of church financial records, genealogy and temple work. These responsibilities involve a great deal of travel - 300 to 400 miles per week. The most important church work I have done, however, has been within my own home. My wife and I established family routines and traditions involving daily family and individual prayer, daily family and individual scripture study, weekly church attendance and family home evening, including a short lesson and activity. Our children have always been responsible for chores and have received an allowance for the work completed. Family vacations and excursions have also been an important part of our family traditions - we try to participate in important and enjoyable activities on a regular basis. The goal is for each of our children to create a "Christ centered" home and raise their own children following the patterns we have tried to establish. Our family motto is "all for one and one for all" and we strive to support each other in the various challenges and trials of life.