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Hi I'm Dan

I'm a grad student, I play princess with my 2-year-old, I'm 6'2" and walk a 5 lb. white fluffy dog, and I LOVE to be a Mormon.

About Me

I’m in the middle of a graduate program in southern Arizona and try to balance school, work and family. When I’m home, I help wrangle a two-year-old ball of energy, and her “big brother” (a 5 lb. Maltese dog). When I’m at work I’m researching and teaching about family relationships and human development. My little family loves adventures big and small. Heavenly Father created such a beautiful and amazing world, and I love seeing and exploring it! I was a missionary for the church for two years in Seoul, South Korea. It was an amazing experience, and I think about it every day. I learned so much about life and what is really important. There is nothing that compares with helping others come closer to Christ. I love to learn, and am fascinated at the cultures and experiences of people around the world. I love to read, especially about other people’s life experiences. After I finish grad school, I look forward to researching and teaching. Most importantly I am excited to spend the rest of eternity with my family having great adventures.

Why I am a Mormon

Even though I’m a fourth-generation member of the Church, at some point every person has to choose for themselves what they believe and how they will live their lives. I have found that the times I am happiest and most at peace is when I am following the teachings of Jesus Christ and His restored gospel. I will always treasure my time as a missionary for the Church in Seoul, South Korea. As I was serving and teaching the gospel, I found myself falling in love with the Church and the gospel because of what it can do for individuals and families. I am grateful for a loving Heavenly Father who provided me an opportunity to come to earth to learn and gain experiences. Through my experiences I have come to know that Jesus Christ is God’s Son, and was sent to earth to pay the price for my sins, and the sins of every other soul ever born. I know that Heavenly Father loves me, and He wants me to be happy. Through the Prophet Joseph Smith he restored His gospel. When I live gospel principles I am overwhelmed with peace and happiness – not that every day is perfect, stress and accident free, but through the good times and the bad, I can feel His love and peace that fills my soul which comes only from God.

How I live my faith

I just try to live my life and make the right choices. I go to school and try to be nice - maybe even pick up a little bit of litter every once in a while. I enjoy going to church and meeting new people there. In all honesty - I may be making small steps, nothing too fancy, but I'm trying and I know God is happy with that. 

Who is the Mormon prophet today?

President Thomas S. Monson is the President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and is our Prophet. We also have 12 Apostles, just like Jesus Christ set up in the ancient days, and we believe that they are prophets, seers and revelators. They are given special authority and power from God to guide us. When we listen and do what they say we are blessed - just like in the Bible. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

The Book of Mormon was written by many different Prophets that lived in the Americas hundreds and thousands of years ago. It was reviewed and condensed down into what is now the Book of Mormon by a Prophet named Mormon - hence the name. He lived in about 500 A.D., but was inspired by God to choose the most inspired things that would be useful for us today. Show more Show less

What are Mormon Temples used for?

I love Temples! They are so amazing! It's easy to wonder what goes on inside Temples, especially because only worthy members of the Church can go inside them once they are dedicated. Temples are used as a place of worship, and more than that they are a special place, dedicated to God, where we make special sacred covenants promises with God and receive blessings in return. I worked in a Temple for over a year and I can tell you that these ordinances and covenants that go on in Mormon Temples are beautiful and so important. It is so easy to feel peace when you are in the Temple. Anyone is welcome to visit the grounds and gardens of the Temple and you can feel that same spirit and peace there. Everything in the Temple testifies of Jesus Christ as our Savior, and God as our eternal Father in Heaven. Everything that is done in the Temple helps people to get closer to Them. It is only through the special promises only available in the Lord's Temples that we are able to return to God's presence and live with Him and our families forever. What an amazing blessing! Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

 Mormon customs are similar to other customs of people wherever you are around the world. When you go to church it is best to dress as nicely as you can, and everybody else should be doing the same. We also celebrate most regular holidays with everybody else in our culture. When I was in Korea the church members wore their very best, sometimes that was a school uniform for the youth, and when it came to celebrating it seemed like Korea had a holiday at least once a month - we even got together and had a sports day for Buddha's birthday because school and work were canceled. Christmas and Easter are probably the most important holidays that our church members celebrate worldwide. It's easy to understand why - these two holidays celebrate the birth and the resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. It is obvious that those types of celebrations would be very important to us as Christians. My favorite part about Mormon customs and culture is that you come as you are and everyone should be warm and accepting. I loved watching people who weren't members of our church come to church on Sunday, or come celebrate holidays with us and they didn't really know what to expect or do, but they just came and were themselves and we all had a good time. Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Mormon Church services are similar, but different to other church services. EVERYONE is welcome to attend our church services! We invite and encourage anyone and everyone to come and participate. A good idea for when you visit our church meetings is to just tell the first person you see or the person you sit next to that you are visiting and that this is your first time. I'm sure that they would be more than happy to help answer any questions you will probably have, and they will help you feel welcome and comfortable. On Sunday we usually have three meetings back-to-back. The most important of these meetings is what we call "Sacrament Meeting". This is where you meet in the Chapel and you sing hymns about the Savior, pray, and partake of the holy sacrament that Jesus initiated at the last supper. The other two meetings are instructional meetings - one meeting where the adults meet together and another where men and women meet separately, and in both we discuss how to become more like Jesus Christ. If you click on the "Meetinghouse Locator" on Mormon.org you can find a church closest to you and it will even tell you what time they meet. The congregation leader's phone number is also there, too. Feel free to call him with any questions you have, or just to let him know that you'd like to visit. Show more Show less