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Hi I'm Dano

I'm studying global health and international development in Washington, DC, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in California, but now live in the Washington DC area with my wonderful wife and best friend. We are both graduate students- she is studying marriage and family therapy and I am studying international development and global health. In our (little) spare time of school, work, and church, we enjoy camping, hiking, and eating.

Why I am a Mormon

It is true that I was "born" into the Church, but being an active member is still very much my own choice. I have remained involved even after leaving home because being a member of the Mormon church and living the Gospel of Jesus Christ pushes me to be my best. I enjoy the service opportunities, friendship, support, and counsel that comes from Church membership. And much deeper than all of that, I have a sincere belief that Jesus Christ lives today and this is where He wants me to be.

How I live my faith

I do my best to keep up with my church assignments, even with a busy schedule. I know that doing so blesses not only my own life by providing a much-needed community of friends, but also the lives of others I am asked to help. I have become good friends with the three families I am assigned to visit each month, and working with the full-time missionaries as a liaison for our congregation brings back the good feelings I had when I volunteered as a full-time missionary in West Africa for two years.

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

The simple answer is that God has only given the Priesthood to men. I firmly believe that God has made men and women equal, and loves both equally, though He has given us different though complementing attributes and abilities. God does not want men or women to be able to do everything on their own, so women's special abilities and men's special abilities must go together. Regardless of this, women do hold leadership roles in the Church and act as an influential voice in councils at all levels of the Church. Show more Show less