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Hi I'm Dan

I'm a retired Medical Technologist, husband, father, and grandfather of 11 beautiful children. I'm not outspoken. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in Utah and learned to love the outdoors, enjoying activities such as skiing, hiking, fishing, motorcycle riding, etc. I also love to read and travel to new places. I met my sweetheart while attending college and we have been married for more than 40 years. We've raised 4 children and are the grandparents to 11 beautiful grandchildren. I love all of our family, but the grandkids bring me pure joy. Together we started and ran our own successful medical laboratory for 23 years before we sold the business. We specialized in providing laboratory services to the long term care community which was very satisfying. We are now retired and looking forward to a new chapter of serving others, starting with spending 18 months in Vietnam and providing humanitarian services.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was born into a Mormon family, I still had to find out for myself of the truthfulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I was serving a mission for the church in Germany at the time and had some serious doubts as to my purpose for being there. I was very discouraged and questioning the choice I had made. I locked myself in a room and knelt down in prayer to pour my heart out to my Heavenly Father. I asked Him if The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was His church on the earth and if my serving a mission to proclaim His Gospel was what I was supposed to be doing with my life. I had the strongest, sudden felling of warmth, peace, and assurance come over me, that it was nearly electrifying. It is difficult to describe, but it left me with NO doubt. I have had many spiritual experiences since that time that have confirmed the authenticity of this initial experience. Today I continue to enjoy the peace in my heart that the Savior promises to His followers and feel grateful every day for Him and the companionship of the Holy Ghost.

How I live my faith

My faith has always been central in my life, but I didn't really understand the power of this faith until I entered adulthood. I have witnessed firsthand, in myself, my family, and others close to me, how faith in Jesus Christ has the ability to change, improve, strengthen, and comfort people. No one is exempt from life's challenges, but the Gospel of Jesus Christ has helped me to grow and learn from each challenge. My faith has also taught me about love; love for God and my Savior, love for family, love of all people, and love for my country. I feel blessed to be an American and cherish the diversity of ethnicity and culture that is found here. I love working with people in our church and community, particularly with the youth. They have such a zest for life and high energy level. It is gratifying to help them reach their potential. I also love to teach, which provides an opportunity for the exchange of ideas between students and teacher alike.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Dan
Those who refer to Mormonism as a cult either want to discredit The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or they do not understand it. I am proud to be a Christian, a disciple of Jesus Christ. I know that He is the Son of God and my Savior and Redeemer. Show more Show less