I had the honor of knowing the Liljenquist family when they lived in Brentwood,
TN. His parents, John and Colleen, were friends and neighbors. I saw them in
action with their children and as teachers of my children. No doubt Dan gets his
drive from them. Not a resident of Utah I can't vote for Dan, however, I support
him completely and if ever he runs for national office, I will be a faithful
supporter. With love and respect for the entire Liljenquist family I wish him
well in his efforts to help America.
This article struck me as: here is one who is blessed to have had his life
altered in a most significant way and lived to tell about it. And more
importantly, he's doing what he can to help others in society, even though it
pains him everyday to just live! My little pain and agony pale in comparison,
and hence, I am grateful to have been whacked over my head again and reminded I
can get past the "pity me" feeling and go and do the things that I
need to do dispite my failings. Way to go Dan, go do your best for Utah and
others. You'll be blessed for it along the way!!
Thanks for helping make Utah great. Don't lose your way. You can make the
right decisions. Just do your best and keep your pride and ego in check.Let the other lying politicians think they are cool. Do the right thing
and everyone will notice.Don't even waste your time and money
campaigning. Everyone will vote for you any way.Keep rocking.
Now that he knows what it is like to suffer I hope he stops trying to take the
teachers pensions from them. Awesome story! So glad he lived!! But stop with
the pension warfare.
Good for Dan! I helped teach him as a missionary in Provo back in 1993.
Ironically, his class had a sister who had serious qualms with flying, had never
done so, and conquered her fears enough to fly to Guatemala City. The same month
she arrived there, the mission president died in a plane crash in the Guatemalan
uplands! Add another sidenote to the amazing story of Dan Liljenquest. He
inspired me to follow up my dream to study in the Holy Land, and his
spirituality and intensity was unparalled.He also had a chronic problem
back then with his hip, as I recall. He could have ended his mission at the MTC,
but he soldiered on.My wife is friends with his family while living in DC,
prior to and apart from my acquaintance, and it seems his family is destined for
many great things.Thanks for the story and God bless.May the
Guatemalans appreciate the sacrifice of those who reach out to them, and may we
Stateside appreciate their sacrifices as well, both at home and abroad.
Nice story. He sounds like a great man that has overcome a lot.However, this one act of doing away with teacher pensions has completely
destroyed teaching as a profession for men.No one is coming into
the profession that sees it as a long term option.The pension plan
was the last thing that education had going for it in recruiting good
teachers.Now it is more like an hourly job.He may have
saved the state some money but he destroyed a profession and made it into a job.
After reading this article I want to ask Mr. Liljenquist to strongly consider
running for the U.S. Senate in 2012. His accomplishments in his short time in
the Utah Legislature are a strong counter argument to Senator Hatch's tired old
claims that his seniority is the only way to get things accomplished in
Washington. It's not just about getting things done for Utah,
Senator Hatch. It's about solving our nation's financial crisis. It's time for
new blood and Liljenquist sounds like exactly what we need. I promise I'll learn
to pronounce his name if he'll run!
Sen. Liljenquist is brilliant and a great guy overall. I support him in his
The Republicans become ever more irrelevant.I celebrate this
sparkling gem of extraordinary Republican relevance that appears to be Senator
Liljenquist.Republicans have become irrelevant because they won't
touch the political hot potatoes like social security, medicaid, and teacher
pensions. They won't decry these programs' immorality but only their degree.I believe Senator Liljenquist understands the principles of life,
liberty, property and the pursuit of happiness and will weigh all policies
against them.Senator,Remember those principles as they
apply to the individual and you will be fine and your honor secure.Keep up the good work and thank you!
A great man from a great family! To all of the Liljenquist family members, thank
you for the years of kindness & encouragement. The impact of your actions
& prayers have blessed my life more than you will ever know. Thank you!
@Orem Parent, have you considered the consequences to the entire state budget if
Dan had not passed his state employees retirement pension reform? Are you not
aware of the troubles of other states due to this same issue? Unfortunately
there is only so much money to spend, and we will be hearing more and more about
unsustainable budgets as this becomes more evident.