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Hi I'm Dixon.

I'm an author. I'm a teacher. I am a father. I am an amazing pool player. My passion is nutrition, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am an author of children's books and an elementary school teacher. My wife and I have a family with three beautiful children and a dog. We love being with people and often have people in our home either to share a meal, play games, or just to be together. Our home is the place our kids' friends want to visit.

Why I am a Mormon

I come from a long line of members of the church dating back nearly to its beginnings. I was raised believing that people were inherently good, that mostly good things happen, that there is a purpose in living, that helping others is a good principle and that there is a God. I have questioned principles of the gospel of Christ but have always found answers in prayers, scriptures and gospel teachings.

How I live my faith

I spend time each day pondering the words of the scriptures or reading the words of prophets. I try to remember that no matter the situation, people are always more important than things. When someone needs some of my time, it's not hard to put down a book, turn off a program, or turn my attention to them. Maybe it's the teacher in me that tries to focus on others, maybe it's the gospel influence. For me, remembering that Jesus always put people ahead of personal pursuits helps me to do the same.

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

I believe there is a prophet, just like Moses alive today on the earth. A careful study of the bible shows that a prophet was there for God's people. Historians can show a timeline charting prophets and the times through which they served. It only makes sense that a prophet, called of God, for His people, during times of trial and great misunderstanding, for the purpose of providing direction and commandment would be provided for us today. I just can't believe a loving, all-knowing, understanding Father in Heaven would leave us high and dry during a time of great confusion, war, trial and harship. My beliefe is firm. I know God lives and He loves us. Because He loves us, I believe he provides for us a prophet to guide and direct us that we might know how to proceed in today's murky waters of news, events, politics and war. Show more Show less

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

I come from a long line of members of this church. My ancestors first heard of this church when in their home countries in Europe. When my ancestors came from Europe to the United States, they too participated in the trek west to what became known as the Salt Lake Valley. I have never thought plural marriage would be a particularly comfortable practice, nor do I have any ambition to make it part of my life. But, from a personal perspective on my family's history, I'd like to share why my ancestors participated in this practice. First, from reading their journals, my ancestors didn't feel forced into the practice. But I don't want anyone to think they pursued it either. My ancestors were asked to take on additional wives, but only as many as they could support. It wasn't a free-for-all or a competition to see who could outdo who. And, plural marriage didn't work out for every family either. My 3rd great-grandfather was asked to marry 4 additional wives. Each time, the first wife had to give her consent. I will remind any readers who may think a woman's consent meant little in this time, the Utah territory was the first to grant women the right to vote. Now, each additional marriage was only after the consent of the first wife. Men during this time were called away frequently to serve missions, open new territories for the church, build cities and roads, defend the country (search for 'Mormon Battalion') and all manner of activities that took them away from their families for long periods of times; sometimes years. Women, then, were left with the children and duties of the home for long periods of time. Plural marriage provided company, assistance, and support to those who stayed behind. Plural marriage also helped to support those women who otherwise didn't have someone to take care of them. Plural marriage wasn't (and probably still isn't) a cure-all for the problems of women who didn't, at the time, have someone to marry. But, it was one way to make sure someone would help them as they crossed the plains, built a new home and established their gardens. I can tell from the journals of my ancestors that plural marriage wasn't a bowl of cherries. Often, there are references to longing for the husband to return when he was away. But there was the knowledge that he would come back. And, there was the peace that comes from knowing each member was a part of a family. I suspect, that if my ancestors had to live through that time again, they would change little about their practices of that time. In the end, I'm glad my great-great-great grandfather had more than one wife because my ancestral line comes from one of the succeeding wives. Had he not married again, I wouldn't be here. Show more Show less