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Hi I'm Dan

I'm from Middletown, PA. I'm a student of accounting at Utah State University. I'm a big geek. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Dan and I'm from Middletown, Pennsylvania. Middletown is close to Hershey and I grew up with a sweet tooth and later worked at the chocolate factory and amusement park there. I love playing any and all games with others including card, board, and video games as well as sports. I'm a pretty big geek and love a lot of popular sci-fi and fantasy books and movies. I'm currently studying accounting at Utah State University. I'm married to my best friend, Megan, and I'm very grateful to have such an amazing wife.

Why I am a Mormon

My grandparents on my father's side were converts to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and I grew up in it since I was young. However, I had a lot of relatives and friends that were of other faiths and I had the opportunity to attend many other church services and bible camps. I was always intrigued by how many faiths came about from a belief in one book and one God. I developed a strong belief in God and the scriptures during my youth and finally found myself at a crossroads when I was getting ready to graduate high school. I needed to decide for myself whether or not I should continue in the faith of my parents. I spent a lot of nights reading scriptures and praying to God to receive guidance on what was right for me. My mind continued to come back to the question of why there were so many churches preaching different things about God and religion. For those familiar with Mormon beliefs, this may sound similar to the story of our prophet Joseph Smith. It just didn't seem right that our loving Heavenly Father would leave His children confused about how to practice their beliefs or how we should interpret scriptures. That's when everything just came together for me. I felt the Holy Ghost testify of the basic truths I had been taught all my life. God loves us. We are His spiritual sons and daughters. We came here to learn and to grow and to return to Him. He called prophets on Earth to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ to His children and instruct them in the way of truth and right. These prophets were often rejected and more were called to spread the Gospel. Even Jesus Christ, our savior, came into the world to teach us the truth and instruct us on how to return to live with our Father. Each prophet had to contend with misunderstandings of doctrine and practices in their day and that's why God called them, to be His voice and to provide a clear path. I believe that God has continued His pattern of calling prophets to guide us in these times.

How I live my faith

A lot of my friends growing up would ask me what I did as a Mormon. It's really pretty simple. I try to read my scriptures and pray everyday so that I can learn the Gospel and stay in touch with my Heavenly Father. I attend church services every Sunday and try to make it a special day by avoiding activities that would distract me from my family and faith. I carry out any responsibilities I have in the church at the time which we refer to as callings. These callings can vary greatly from helping in the nursery to leading groups of adults in our worship services. In the past, I've helped organize teachers for our Sunday school, been a youth and scout leader at a state hospital, and I'm currently a leader for other men my age in my congregation. I also visit a couple families from our church each month to make sure they're doing well and share a short spiritual message with them. I also try to be a good neighbor and citizen and I look for service opportunities in my community. In short, I try to improve my relationship with God and help those around me in any way I can.