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Hi I'm Dean

I'm a sculptor, painter, and runner. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a full time artist. I love to paint, sculpt, and produce illustrations. I grew up on the east coast of the USA and received my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. I joined the church right after college and went on a two year mission to Switzerland and France. After that I also went on to receive a degree in graphic design and continue my career. In my spare time I love outdoor sports like running, hiking and biking.

Why I am a Mormon

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints really chose me I guess. I was studying christianity and the Bible on my own and doing a lot of praying and soul searching just after college. I was pretty much considering the Catholic church very strongly when I met someone who was a Mormon and introduced me to the teachings of the LDS church. I received such amazing feelings of joy and exhilaration at the things I was learning that I decided this must be the Lord's true church. In fact I knew it. So I was baptized. The things I learned then to be true, I still know to be true today.

How I live my faith

I enjoy the challenge of serving others through the programs of the church. Many times I've had the chance to use my artistic talents to further the work of the Lord. I've had occasion to design floats for parades and educate others about the field of art. I have also had many opportunities to teach others the gospel and to strengthen them while strengthening myself at the same time. I've also been granted many opportunities to aid in the efforts of the church to help the poor and needy. There's a special feeling that attends this kind of service. I'm so grateful to have continual ability to participate in these activities.

Who founded Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Dean
The Mormon Church is really the work of Christ himself who, with our Heavenly Father, appeared to the young prophet Joseph Smith in 1820. That's the event which ushered in the work of the church. Christ subsequently gave commandments to Joseph Smith concerning the specifics of organizing the church. So we might say the LDS church's founder was Joseph Smith the prophet, under the direction of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

Dean
The head leadership of the church under Christ consists of the prophet, his two counsellors and the present day twelve apostles. When the prophet dies, the senior member of the apostles is next in succession to become the prophet. This appointment to the position of prophet must also be approved by unanimous vote of all the remaining apostles. Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

Dean
Mormon was an awesome prophet. He was a child prodigy, a military general, and a comprehensive historian on the American continent a few centuries after Christ. He is the one who selected, abridged, and compiled the records of the ancient Americans into the volume which now bears his name, The Book of Mormon. Latter Day Saints are often called "Mormons" because of the fame of the Book of Mormon. It's really an honor when one considers the work of this holy man. Show more Show less