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Hi I'm Dan

I am balding, I am a father, I am a doctor and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

We have lived in Utah, Wisconsin, and North Carolina before settling in Washington state. We love the four seasons and the skiing, bike riding, water sports, and summer and fall. I practice anesthesia and enjoy work very much. My wife Sarah is a pediatrician and finds that very fulfilling. We have four kids that run and scream like monkeys from the chandeliers. I love the mountains and finally had a chance to climb rainier last year. Fantastic! Sarah is pretty social and always involved with something. I enjoy music and recently began piano lessons to make up for quitting when I was 14. I have some catching up to do.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a religious home and am so grateful for being taught to pray as a child. Prayer has been my connection to God and I have undeniable impressions that he hears me, knows me, and loves me. We attend church weekly and participate in activities and service as part of the mormon community and the city community. For me however, the most important thing in my religion is my personal relationship to God, and that affects every minute of everyday in who I am becoming, how I interact with others, and what I choose to do. Growing up I found it hard to talk about religion because of how personal and private those feelings were to me. Being part of the church has allowed me to hear others share, and share my feelings and realize we are all imperfect but Christ has bridged that gap for us and with hope and faith in that, the bad times are not so bad and the good times are so much better. As I watch my kids grow up with so much to learn, the only thing I want them to have over everything else is a personal relationship with God. But I can't give them that, I can only teach them to pray and support them as they come to find Him personally. Nothing is worth more. God knows us personally, and I am so grateful I have come to know Him personally through prayer, reading His Word, and the support of the church community.

How I live my faith

Love God, Work Hard, Be thankful.

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Dan
I like that everyone participates in the church and our responsibilities change over time. We are all equal in the sight of God and we all serve in different capacities. No paid clergy means we all seek God's direction in whatever it is we do, and have the capacity to receive spiritual direction ourselves. I have been a missionary, I have helped with administration duties and currently I teach singing to the youth sunday school. I have helped clean a widow's house and helped with serving food at an activity. Everybody helps clean up the church together. Watching an accomplished and wealthy retired man clean a toilet or mop a floor is a witness to me of the Christlike commitment church members have. I have given assignments and receive assignments. I have helped others and been helped by others. It is not so much what you do as how you do it and what you become through serving others. I think this makes us all directly accountable to God but also acutely aware of what others are going through, and our empathy and Christlike feelings expand. Show more Show less