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Hi I'm Dan

First - lucky husband to a great lady & father of six! Second - retired military, entrepreneur & writer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a happily married man and father of six. I grew up in California, to parents that weren't particularly religious, although I did receive a Catholic baptism as an infant. My parents split when I was about 10, and I've moved around quite bit since then. I joined the Church in 1983, when I was 21, after meeting and befriending a member, a great guy and family man who obviously had a tremendous impact for good in my life. I served a mission for the Church from '85 to '87 and Joined the U.S. Army in '88. I retired from the Army in 2012, and now I'm a full time entrepreneur, writer and real estate investor. I love to work out, and especially love to run, which I do as often as possible! Sometimes I pray when I run, sometimes I just think - about my life, my family, challenges I face and potential solutions. But for me running is always therapeutic, and it's not infrequent that I feel closer to God during and after my runs.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, nickname - "Mormon" essentially for a single reason, and that is that I have a "testimony" or personal knowledge, that this church, is in reality, a literal extension of the Kingdom of God on earth, over which Jesus Christ HIMSELF presides. The Lord communicates to all of us on a personal level, but what He wants transmitted to the church as a whole, to all members, is accomplished via the living prophet of God, the Quorum of the 12 Apostles and other "general authorities". I have a testimony that the Prophet Joseph Smith Jr. was in fact what he said he was, a literal prophet of God, chosen by God Himself to be His mouthpiece, and to be the instrument through which the Lord would restore His church to the earth. Joseph said, "...I had actually seen a light, and in the midst of that light I saw two Personages [God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ], and they did in reality speak to me; and though I was hated and persecuted for saying that I had seen a vision, yet it was true; and while they were persecuting me, reviling me, and speaking all manner of evil against me falsely for so saying, I was led to say in my heart: Why persecute me for telling the truth? I have actually seen a vision; and who am I that I can withstand God, or why does the world think to make me deny what I have actually seen? For I had seen a vision; I knew it, and I knew that God knew it, and I could not deny it, neither dared I do it; at least I knew that by so doing I would offend God, and come under condemnation." His testimony, from the first time I heard it, struck a cord with me as the truth, a truth which has been confirmed on innumerable occasions since I was baptized. So, in brief, I'm a member of the Church, because I know it's true. A personal knowledge that I share in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

How I live my faith

I strive daily to be an example, and to do the will of the Lord, and make a lot of course corrections along the way. The Savior explained that it is not only what we do that is important, but what we think. So I am always working to control my thoughts and to cast out of my my mind anything that detracts from who and what I want to be, which is a valiant discipleship of Christ. There are few things more important, once you know the truth, than sharing it. So I am constantly looking for opportunities to share our message, and for those humble and hungry souls who want to hear it. We pray as a family every day and I do so individually frequently. I study the scriptures and the advice of church leaders daily. We attend church meetings every Sunday. I have two assigned responsibilities at church, to serve as the Emergency Preparedness Representative for our local Ward and am a "ward missionary". Living the faith, as one who truly believes that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was restored to the earth by the Savior Himself, is all encompassing. It isn't a simple matter of attending a meeting on Sunday. It's life changing. It's about preparing to meet God, about prioritizing the things of eternity over the things of this world. Eternity, last time I checked, is a lot longer than mortality, so it makes sense to live life accordingly.