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Hi I'm Dan

Family time, working and playing together is how I like it! I'm a Mormon. I want to accomplish all the good I can in this life.

About Me

As a family man, I choose to make my wife and children a priority. That means going without some of my personal wants and desires. I use to think this was a sacrifice. Not any more. In my experience, there is more joy through feeling connected to those whom mean the most to me. Don't get me wrong, I don't ignore hobbies and interests, I just maintain a balance that works well for my family. Other interests include running and swimming. I hope to run a sub 6 minute mile before August 2015, currently (8/28/14) I can run a 6:45 mile. My kids teas me that I am over 40, and that I have to be careful what I eat. They are right, I do have to be careful but I can still outrun my kids. I am not sure how long I will be faster as my 15 and 13 year old boys are gaining on me faster than I am improving. I also hope to run a sub 20 minute 5K before August 2015. My swimming has become a more recent interest and hobby. I swim once per week and am training for a personal best time at 1200 meter in under 10 minutes by August 2015 (currently at 11 minutes). Running is my main hobby, I do like to cross-train so I will keep up the swimming. Aside from family and exercise, another interest of mine is my work, I am a social worker, I like my career. I hope to make a positive difference in the lives of people. I see my work as a privilege, involved in the lives of others with the hope of empowering and enhancing quality of life. I see people as children of God who have great worth.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. However, early in my life I felt a desire to know for myself if what I was hearing and learning was true. I studied the Book of Mormon, prayed about it, and expected an answer. To my surprise, I did not notice any type of answer. I talked to my mom about it, I was probably about 13 years of age. My mother suggested that I continue to pray and ask God if The Book of Mormon is true. Doing so was the right thing to do. In the beginning, I expected something loud and obvious causing me to miss more subtle impressions. Expecting an overwhelming moment or impression or even visitation was my mindset. Not understanding how the Spirit or the Holy Ghost often works in people was my miss-understanding. Instead, I felt a calmness or peacefulness that gave me a feeling of reassurance that I know these things are true. These feelings were always there but overlooked. I have heard people talk about the Spirit as the still-small-voice. John 14:26 talks about the mission of the Holy Ghost. One of the missions of the Holy Ghost is to testify of truth, all truth. Galatians 5:22,23 explains how to recognize the Spirit or the Holy Ghost. This answer through the still-small-voice (the Spirit) which I felt and continue to feel in my life is a witness unto me that the Book of Mormon is true, that Joseph Smith is/was a Prophet of God and that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is true and is as it claims to be, the only church on the face of the earth that has the fullness of the gospel. I believe this. It feels right in my sole and I encourage others to consider such.

How I live my faith

My faith teaches me to live what I know to be true and correct. Being kind to others, treating people with respect, looking for ways to lift and strengthen others are qualities I try to live by. I am not perfect but I make efforts to do better. I want to make a positive difference for others, those in my family and those whom I meet from day to day.

What is faith?

To me, faith is having confidence in God sufficient to drive one to action, doing things because of their confidence in something related to God. Show more Show less