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Hi I'm Dan Atherley

I am a native of Utah, I am an engineer by profession, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a jack of all trades and master of none, I love to learn to do new things. I have made furniture and kitchen cabinetry, I practice urban forestry, harvesting wood from trees removed in the city to make bowls and other turned items. I enjoy working with metals, welding, machining, creating, and repairing. I enjoy all things mechanical, doing auto, motorcycle, and engine repairs. My most recent endeavor is to make bows for archery from wood staves or cured lumber. I grew up on a ranch on the outskirts of a small rural town where I learned the value of hard work and an appreciation for the beauties and pleasures of outdoor activities. I have a wonderful wife, four children, and ten grand children. They are the center of my universe. We spend a week together each year on a family vacation to the mountains where we swim, ride Off Highway Vehicles, shoot bows and arrows, bicycle, hike, fish, eat, and strengthen our family ties.

Why I am a Mormon

Everything I have learned and felt concerning the teachings and doctrine of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints feels right and consistent. I am a Mormon because I have read the Book of Mormon numerous times and each time my testimony of its authenticity is renewed and strengthened. I am a Mormon because I believe God loves us, his children and wants to grow and expand to meet the potential of our creation. I am a Mormon because the doctrines of the Church offer the promise of eternal family relationships. I am a Mormon because the gospel of Jesus Christ is about service to others and the church offers many opportunities which also results in individual growth. I am a Mormon because there are no conflicts in my heart concerning the teachings of the church. I don't measure up to all that I should be doing but I recognize that I can be working to become better each day. I love the Gospel of Jesus Christ and I find great comfort in the knowledge I have of a loving Father in Heaven. I am grateful for the creation of this earth and for all its variety and beauty. I am grateful for the atoning sacrifice of our Savior. I am a Mormon or more precisely I am a disciple of Jesus Christ, our Savior, and our Redeemer.

How I live my faith

I work with the young men in our community ages 16 to 18. We meet on Sunday as part of church services to discuss gospel topics and also once during the week to play games or learn life skills. In preparation, the quorum presidency meets on the first Sunday of each month to plan topics for both activities and who will be responsible to teach or plan the activity. Occasionally,I teach the lesson or prepare the activity, as requested. My favorite mid-week activities are to teach whole wheat bread making or archery. I also have four families that I visit with a companion. All are senior couples or individuals. Our goal is to take a gospel message into their home and to let them know that someone cares about them. Each month, I also bake a loaf of whole wheat bread for each household. We have a standing appointment with each for the first Sunday of each month.