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Hi I'm Dean.

I'm a 50-something married father of two, an optical engineer, and a wannabe web entrepreneur. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My wife and I are into music, particularly folk, old-time string band, and classical. She plays fiddle; I'm learning banjo so I can accompany her. We also enjoy doing family history research, both for ourselves and for others. And we're building a web startup together.

Why I am a Mormon

I was initially attracted to the Church in high school by the qualities I saw and the spirit I sensed in my LDS classmates. They invited me to attend church and to be taught by the missionaries. The principles I learned as a result addressed deeply-felt questions I had grappled with for years. When I eventually prayed to know the truth of what I'd been taught, my prayers were answered in a clear and personal way. That was over 30 years ago. My convictions regarding the truth of the Church (my "testimony" as we call it) has continued to grow in a similar fashion ever since.

How I live my faith

I attend church meetings each Sunday with my wife. We volunteer once a week in the Family History Library housed in our church building. I lead a scriptural discussion group for older adults in our congregation. I also work with the Boy Scouts (our church sponsors several local troops.) Once a month, I go with a fellow church member to visit families and individuals in our congregation. We share a message, check on their well-being, and generally try to offer support and encouragement. It's always fun and rewarding. I try to read the scriptures daily and pray to my Heavenly Father several times each day. Doing these things keeps me close to God, helps me become more like our Savior, and just seems to make my day go better.

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

From a distance, my wife and I spend our days and weeks pretty much like our neighbors and friends who aren't LDS I drive to work each day and return home to have dinner with my wife. We check our e-mail, go shopping, eat out occasionally, maintain our home and yard, exercise, chat with our kids on the phone... all pretty standard. Here's what I would label distinctly "Mormon" about my lifestyle Each morning I spend about 45-60 minutes praying to God, reading the scriptures, and recording inspiration I receive. This gets my day off to a great start, helps me to make decisions and keeps me close to my family since they're the ones I pray about most. It also helps me as I try to improve my character and seek to become more like Jesus Christ. Each week, I spend 3 hours volunteering at our Church's local family history library with my wife. We answer questions from the patrons who visit the library and try to assist them with their research. It's extremely satisfying when we can help someone track down a record that mentions one of their ancestors. On Sundays I attend our local congregation's church meetings, which run from 1-4 pm. During the third hour of our meeting block, I often teach a class to older adults covering basic gospel topics. Later on a typical Sunday, I'll work for an hour or so preparing the lesson for a future week. I'll also visit members of our ward to whom I've been assigned as a "home teacher". Show more Show less