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Hi I'm Dan

I'm a husband and a father. I am a pharmacist, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in southern California and loved everything about it. During the summer I practically lived at the beach. I loved all sports, especially baseball. Many years later I still enjoy woodworking and racquetball. You would have never guessed it if you were my high school English teacher, but I have come to enjoy writing. I write research papers on topics that interest me, and I have written a science fiction novel. I have always loved animals. We have had all types in and around our home. I am married to a beautiful woman with two awesome children and one grandchild so far. I was recruited out of college to Arizona and gave up southern California life for good, but I love it here even more than I did there. Currently I am a pharmacist with a local grocery store.

Why I am a Mormon

Although raised in the church, I consider myself a skeptic. I did feel something special early in my youth, but that was not enough for me. I stayed active, but I did not hesitate to announce that I would not lead the suggested pathway, such as a mission. During my first year in college, my mother insisted I attend a religious institute class. I reluctantly agreed and took a Book of Mormon class. It soon became clear to me that to pass the class I was going to have to actually read the book. This was amazingly the first time I ever read it. As I began to read, I soon found it difficult to put it down. Eventually I decided that I must petition my maker as to the source of this extraordinary book. Words cannot describe what happened next. I will just say that this was by far the most profound experience of my life. I was changed forever. When this experience occurred I was filled with an intense love of God and of all men the entire day. I knew that the Book of Mormon was truly the word of God. Of course this meant that Joseph Smith must have really been inspired of God and was truly the prophet of the restoration, the Bible is the word of God, Jesus Christ really exists and saves, and the church I happen to belong to is truly His. I quickly announced I was indeed going on a mission and I never looked back. This experience not only put me on the correct path, but gave me the confidence I would need in facing attacks to my faith. Number one--I know it is true. Number two--I will find out how it is true. This field of study known as apologetics has been very fulfilling to me, as I have found many times the truth I believe to be substantiated by the facts. But this is all only secondary in importance. I have found first and foremost, sometimes even by sad experience, that being obedient and living the gospel is the way of greatest happiness.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by following its teachings. I try my best to follow the example of the Savior as I fulfill my callings in the church, how I lead my life with my family, as well as in my professional life.

Are Mormons Christians?

Dan
Although this question is often realigned as "do you believe in Christ the same way I do," the ultimate question should be, do you believe Jesus to be the Savior and depend on Him alone for your salvation? The answer is absolutely yes. As Gordon B. Hinckley has said, "We may be somewhat different than the traditional pattern of Christianity, but no one believes more literally of the redemption wrought by Jesus Christ. No one believes more fundamentally that he was the Son of God. That he died for the sins of mankind. That he rose from the grave, and that he is the living resurrected Son of the living Father". Show more Show less