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Hi I'm Dayle Turner

I am from Hawaii. My wife and I joined the church in our 40s.

About Me

I was born and raised in Hawaii and am an English instructor at a local community college. My wife, born in Massachusetts but raised in Hawaii, is an emergency room technician at the largest hospital in Hawaii and also a student psych major at a local university One of the things we enjoy doing together is hiking. We even lead hikes for a local hiking club. We were baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in 2006 and we love it.

Why I am a Mormon

I Joined the church when I was 47 years old. Prior to my joining, I had friends and acquaintances who were members. Without me realizing it at the time, they were good examples, and not one of them pushed the church on me although many of them were probably praying for me. My wife and I were married in 2004 and one of the things we decided is that we should find a church to attend. During that time after we were married, we investigated a local Christian church and we found it pleasant. Also during that time, missionaries from the Mormon church came knocking at our door. Over the years, Mormon missionaries had visited my home many times but I usually avoided them, shunned them, or gave them the thanks-but-no-thanks response. But when the missionaries came around during the investigative time after I was married, I was open to hearing what they had to say. Come to find out, my wife and her kids (four from previous marriages) had been visited by the missionaries in the years prior to our marriage, so she was familiar with the church and had even attended church services a few times. The missionaries asked us to read certain passages from the Book of Mormon, to pray about what we had read, and to pay attention to how we felt after we had read them. We also were invited to the visitors' center at the Laie Temple, to what they called a "Cottage Meeting" to meet other people who were investigating the church, and to meet the mission president. In addition, we were invited to attend services at the ward in our hometown. We accepted all these invitations and as we did, I can say that I felt only good feelings and felt welcomed and at home. In particular, the first time we attended church it seemed as if the whole service was scripted just for us; everything, from the hymns that were sung to the sermons that were given seemed tailored just for us. It was amazing. The missionaries invited us to be baptized and we accepted. We became members of the church in 2006 and have been faithful members ever since.

How I live my faith

My wife and I pray together every day, in the morning and at night before we go to bed. We also study the scriptures together. At church, I am part of the leadership of a men's group (called the Elders Quorum) at my ward. My wife is a teacher for the women's group (called the Relief Society). Our children are not members of the church (at least not yet!) but we are hopeful that will be some day. We try to be good examples for them by living the gospel of Jesus Christ.

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Dayle Turner
A testimony is knowledge of the truth as I have come to know it. For example, I have a testimony of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon. I also have a testimony that God and Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph Smith. How I know these things are true are promptings I received from God through the Holy Ghost, which whispers to me that these things are true. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about family?

Dayle Turner
We believe that families can be together forever. Imagine having a pleasant dinner together in heaven with all your family members and everyone is happy and healthy. Imagine that every day forever and ever. Show more Show less

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

Dayle Turner
We need the Savior because we all, because of our sins, have a debt to pay that we cannot pay on our own. Jesus, through his atoning sacrifice, has agreed to take care of the debts we owe (our sins) if we accept him as our redeemer and serve God with all our might, mind, and strength. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Dayle Turner
A ward is a congregation of church members based on geographic location. My wife and I, for example, are members of the Kaneohe 1st ward. Our ward is the Kaneohe, Hawaii Stake, which is comprised of 12 wards located on the windward side of the island of Oahu, spanning from Waimanalo to Kualoa. Show more Show less