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Hi I'm Dan

I'm a nerd, a gamer, a writer, and a weirdo. I'm also a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a husband to an amazing woman and father to a very active 1 year old. Growing up I played all the computer game classics: Descent, Age of Empires, Doom, all of them. Somewhere along the line I took up archery, karate, and whitewater rafting. My gaming hobby grew into a successful career as an IT consultant while my other interests lead me to college minors in business, creative writing, and history, as well as becoming a scoutmaster. My wife and I recently took up Dungeons and Dragons, which we love, and I play Magic: The Gathering with my coworkers over lunch breaks. Yeah, I'm kind of eclectic.

Why I am a Mormon

Being a gamer wasn't cool when I grew up. My family was Mormon but few of the kids at school were. I didn't have many friends and struggled with my introverted nature. Many times I questioned my faith but it was always confirmed by the sweet feelings of God's Spirit. By nature I am analytical and logical. As I grew older I began to learn more about other religions and was surprised to find they didn't make sense. There is so much I admire about religions throughout the world, from the meditation of many eastern religions to the sense of community found in many Protestant churches. But I couldn't get over the confusion I felt just trying to understand their doctrines. That confusion led me to deeply question Mormonism. It wasn't enough that I grew up a Mormon, I wanted to know it was true. As I studied I couldn't find the inconsistencies or logical problems I'd seen in other churches, but that wasn't enough to base my faith on. While praying one day I made a realization: I was trying to prove something God told me was true many times over many years. I didn't need God to come down in a chariot of fire, and I didn't need to hear Christ's voice answering my questions. The calm reassurance of God's Spirit had told me it was true, and continues to let me know that I'm following my Savior.

How I live my faith

I love getting involved with community events. I've always enjoyed volunteering at soup kitchens, road and river cleanups, and visiting to nursing homes. To earn my Eagle Scout we built four staircases for the local Civil Air Patrol. At church I've always been equally active. For years I was a clerk, managing the computer and paper records. More recently I've been working with the teenage boys as a scoutmaster and adviser, trying to help show them how to grow their faith in Christ while living in an increasingly secular world- and still have fun.