Dan Liljenquist rising from ashes of plane crash

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  • spark Saratoga Springs, UT
    Jan. 25, 2011 2:17 p.m.

    @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.

  • Richard Pedersen Oregon City, Oregon
    Jan. 25, 2011 11:53 a.m.

    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!

  • RagnarL4 Tupelo, MS
    Jan. 24, 2011 8:42 p.m.

    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.


    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!

  • JHP Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 24, 2011 3:20 p.m.

    Sen. Liljenquist is brilliant and a great guy overall. I support him in his efforts.

  • Robb C Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 24, 2011 1:26 p.m.

    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!

  • Orem Parent Orem, UT
    Jan. 24, 2011 10:42 a.m.

    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.

  • E. Klinche Sterling, VA
    Jan. 24, 2011 10:21 a.m.

    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.

  • Church member North Salt Lake, UT
    Jan. 24, 2011 10:09 a.m.

    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.

  • Red Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 24, 2011 9:17 a.m.

    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.

  • Dave in AZ Snowflake, AZ
    Jan. 24, 2011 9:01 a.m.

    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!!

  • anneray Kosciusko, Mississippi
    Jan. 24, 2011 7:05 a.m.

    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.