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Hi I'm Dan

I work as a fish and wildlife biologist. I stay active running, hiking and doing things with my family. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

As a biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, I work with various people and groups to help conserve fish and wildlife through the Endangered Species Act and through restoration work on private lands. I stay active with various other activities. I run regularly and especially enjoy trail running, although I generally don't do competitions. I also swim and hike regularly. I enjoy playing soccer occasionally, but generally stick to coaching at least one of my five kids. As a kid, I took piano lessons for about 10 years, and I do well enough to teach my kids the basics. I also dabble in writing, which comes from my former career as a journalist. For the family, we like to look for an adventure, whether it's close to home or a little further away. This last year, we went to southern California and enjoyed the San Diego Zoo, a whale watch from a small boat, and a day at Knott's Berry Farm. We also enjoyed several days of camping at Yosemite National Park and cliff diving at Crater Lake.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a family that was active in the church. My father's 19th century ancestors were all Mormon pioneers. My mother joined the church when she was 16 in northern California. I learned the teachings of the church and as a child felt they were true. I especially learned that The Book of Mormon really does teach about Jesus Christ and helped me feel closer to him. I feel that we really have prophets at this time and that the teachings of Jesus Christ were restored through Joseph Smith. I continue to live the teachings of the church because I feel closer to God and feel like I'm a better person when I do.

How I live my faith

I stay very active in church activities. This includes going to church on Sundays, but also includes working with the young men to help them find their own beliefs. Part of this includes spending time doing an activity one night a week and an occasional outdoor activity. I also visit other members of the church monthly as part of the home teaching program. I usually go to one of our temples at least once a month to do service for people who are deceased. On Sundays, I occasionally play the organ and sing with the choir. I demonstrate my personal commitment by reading from the scriptures daily and praying to my Heavenly Father. We also do both scripture reading and praying as a family.