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Hi I'm Dan

I am a Christian. I love my Savior Jesus Christ and believe in a loving Heavenly Father. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in the south, grew up mostly on the east coast and also lived in Canada and upstate New York. My wife and I have been blessed with six amazing children and eight wonderful grandchildren. I love spending time with my family especially in the outdoors and four-wheeling.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon and member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints first because I choose to be and because of the experiences I have had. As a young married husband and father I found my testimony through the love and example of my wife and her invitation to me to read the Book of Mormon. This inspired book ends with an important invitation found in Moroni 10:4-6. Throughout my life I have taken this invitation seriously and prayed to my Heavenly Father to know its truth and felt the love of our Heavenly Father and the compassion and mercy of our Savior Jesus Christ. I am grateful for my growing testimony and for the Plan of Salvation which is simple for me to understand. I testify of the truthfulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

My favorite scripture is found in the Book of Mormon, Mosiah 2:17 "And behold, I tell you these things that ye may learn wisdom; that ye may learn that when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God." I currently serve as a bishop in my local congregation and love my calling! I have seen the hand of the Lord over and over again through working with members of our congregation as well as neighbors and friends of other churches. As a bishop I have had the opportunity to visit many individuals and families in their homes and in both jail and prison. I have seen the faith of many members as they have accepted callings to serve in our local congregation in a wide variety of responsibilities including: teachers, full-time and local missionaries, temple workers, class presidencies, temple and family history consultants, organists and choir members, home and visiting teachers, boy scout and cub scout leaders, activity day leaders, a variety of committee members and many more. I have seen the faith of many who have accepted invitations to speak in sacrament meeting, pay tithing and fast offerings, bare testimonies in public, say prayers in a variety of meetings, cleaning buildings, and serve neighbors when babies are born, sickness afflicts, loneliness is felt and "just because". I strive to live my faith by serving others and am grateful for the many examples of others serving their families and neighbors.

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Dan
1 Corinthians chapter 12 in the Bible teaches us that there are different spiritual gifts and that each member is important in the Kingdom of God and together we can do the Lord's work. We are all the body of Christ. Members are organized into local congregations called wards or branches. These congregations are organized geographically, and members attend a ward or branch near their home. Congregations meet together on Sundays to worship. The leader of a congregation is a bishop or a branch president. He is not paid for his service, but he donates his time to serve the congregation. Members are called by their leaders to serve in various positions in their congregation. Leaders seek divine guidance when making such callings. Positions to which one might be called include teachers, youth leaders, clerks, etc. A member’s service blesses others and provides opportunities for the member to learn and grow. A ward or a branch is a community in which members develop friendships and help each other. Members try to follow the teachings of an ancient prophet who taught that when we are baptized, we are “willing to bear one another’s burdens, that they may be light” and “willing to mourn with those that mourn; yea, and comfort those that stand in need of comfort” (Book of Mormon, Mosiah 18:8-9). Through service, members lift one another’s burdens and express their love. Show more Show less