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Hi I'm Dan

I'm an American convert with roots that can be traced around the globe (USA, American Indian, Middle East, Germany & Ireland)

About Me

I was a single father for many years, recently remarried. I love being active, especially anything outdoors: basketball, running, hiking, rock climbing, art, music of all genre's (especially classic vinyl records). I enjoy building and construction projects and education (especially science). I come from a diverse family whose roots span across the globe in only a few generations (Native American, European as well as Middle-Eastern). I think this helps me to easily connect with people of various religious and non-religious backgrounds.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon by free choice. I'm grateful to be born in a country whose political system supports tolerance and peaceful acceptance of others. I can practice any religion or choose no religion at all. After growing up in a agnostic home, I desired a greater sense of direction. I wanted to know what it would be like to grow up in a faith-based home. My family, was supportive me attending any church or organization that I wanted. I attended many churches. It was not until later in life that a couple of missionaries taught me about the LDS (a.k.a Mormon) Faith. I am a Mormon because I genuinely enjoy and am by best self when anchored in this faith. I have learned the hard way the difference between having Christ as the center focus of my home and living on my own terms. My natural self is actually most happy when I follow the high-value and spiritual direction found within my Mormon faith. I experience greater happiness, clarity of mind and body (Words of Wisdom), and perhaps the greatest blessing, my mind is at peace and my heart that looks outwards for opportunities to help enrich the lives of others.

How I live my faith

I'm a regular guy who genuinely enjoys meeting people. I live my faith as much as possible in service to others. In addition to full-time responsibilities at a university I work for, time with family and going to church on Sundays, I have church responsibilities or "callings" and family or "priesthood" responsibilities. My current church calling is a "Ward Missionary" which means after I eat dinner with my family, 1-2 nights as week, I engage within the community I live, to learn more about people and ways that I can can give of my time or experience to enrich the lives of others and their families. Also, all church members have "Home Teaching Assignments", this means, once a month, me and my Home Teaching Companion visit 2-3 families that have records in our church to see if we can do anything to help their physical or spiritual needs. Sometimes this means shoveling snow off the sidewalks or helping an elderly widow receive spiritual ordinances. This helps to create a service focus which enriches my life and hopefully others.