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I'm Converting: How One Man's Missionary Trip Reconnected Him To His Family's Past

Daniel Ortner converted to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 10 years ago. Source: Courtesy of Daniel Ortner

Daniel Ortner grew up Jewish. His mom had a strong belief in God and would routinely make latkes for Hannukah. His father's family was deeply rooted in Judaism. Some of his father's relatives died in the Holocuast.

As a child, Ortner attended a Jewish private elementary school in South Florida. But then, a tragedy in high school shattered his faith - when his mom was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She passed away on his

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