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Hi I'm Dan

I was born and raised in Utah, served a mission in Taiwan in 1972. I'm heading back with my wife to serve as senior missionaries.

About Me

I'm a husband, father of three and grandfather of twelve. I've lived in southern Utah for the over twenty-six years and I love the people and the area. I enjoy working with wood as a hobby but I don't consider myself overly skilled. I've built beds, barn doors, and other types of furniture for my family. Several years ago we were able to purchase a 'fixer-upper' cabin in a nearby mountain community and we have spent a great deal of time and energy refurbishing it in our own way, experimenting with remodeling projects that I may never have tried otherwise. It's been very satisfying since I retired two years ago and I've been able to spend more time engaged in the project. I've been involved with religion throughout my life and I've found a real peace and satisfaction helping others wherever and whenever I could. My marriage has lasted for over forty years and I am blessed with a wife that has been perfect for me. We are proud of our children and the great individuals they have grown to be. They are wonderful, loving parents and have always raised their children, my grandchildren, to know right from wrong and to be strong enough and wise enough to choose correctly. My father passed away recently after living for almost ninety-one years. He was a patriot through and through and served in the Army Air Corp during the second world war as a belly gunner in a B-17. He was a tremendous example to me. My mother, of course, is a saint.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a family who were members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (the Mormons) but my father wasn't living the standards set by the Lord for worthiness. He smoked tobacco and drank coffee so my parents were not what you would consider actively living the faith; however, they certainly weren't ostracized from associating with those who were. In fact, they were welcomed and involved with many 'practicing' friends. My father had began smoking while in the Army Air Corp in England as many of the servicemen did and it had become a habit for many years. When I was about 6 years old my parents decided that it was time for them to look seriously at the nature of our family and what this religion had to offer. as a result, Dad quit smoking and both Mom and Dad stopped drinking coffee. I later found out that this had come about as a result of friends that visited on a regular basis and encouraged them to prepare to go to the Mormon temple and have their family sealed to them for eternity. That concept wasn't foreign to them as they were both raised with the Gospel of Jesus Christ in their youth. It was something they knew had to happen in order to have our family together in the life after this earthly existence. At that time, we became actively engaged in regular meeting attendance and that's when I was introduced to the concept of serving others. My father was called to a position in our ward that presented regular opportunities to work on a farm raising vegetables for those in need. Our family spent a great deal of time along with other families engaged in providing food and commodities for the needy and those "down on their luck" as my Dad put it. He never complained about the services he rendered and always enjoyed the camaraderie of those who helped with the projects. Our relationships went far beyond just the service aspects of his positions. I know that the Gospel of Jesus Christ changes lives for good. I wouldn't want anything else.

How I live my faith

I've always tried to live my life according to my faith and convictions. It has provided many opportunities wherein I could help others but it has also opened many doors with those I've associated. I've served in many callings over the past sixty plus years. I have done just about anything I've been asked to do because it's the right thing to do. I have never been happier than when I was helping others. What few problems I have experienced in my life have been lightened by serving others. It's amazing how great life can be when you stop worrying about yourself and find someone else to serve. I served a mission in Taiwan when I was 19 years old for two years and I believe that was where I received a firm testimony of the value in helping others. My religion stresses the practice of service. I was successful in business, not because of any special skills or knowledge, but mostly because I was watched over by my Heavenly Father. Opportunities came along for improvement through unusual circumstances and at times when I most needed His help. I have been retired for several years. My wife and I are now ready and excited about receiving a call to Taiwan once again to serve as missionaries. I'm anxious to hopefully find people I haven't seen in forty-five years. I also anticipate seeing what changes the modernization of the that country has brought about. I know the wonderful disposition of the people and the kindness they display to visitors so that will make going back a pleasure. The message the Gospel brings is a feeling of peace and goodwill. I know what it means to have that peace in my life and I look forward to sharing what I've learned over the years. I feel so much more prepared to teach this time with the exception of restoring the language skills I once possessed. Over the past forty-five years I've been given may opportunities to learn the lessons of this life. That helps me understand where I came from, why I'm here and what to expect in the life to come.