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Hi I'm Dale

I grew up in Idaho. I'm a scientist, a musician, a husband, a father and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've been a musician most of my life. I started playing the piano at age 5. At 11 I started playing the trombone; at 14 I started the organ and in college played a little guitar. I've sung in many choirs, including the Colorado Mormon Chorale; played in many large and small bands and orchestras. I love to play and sing. I love musical theatre. My education is in the biological sciences but my career has mostly been in the physical sciences. I've worked for U.S. Geological Survey for over 40 years in the environmental water quality field. I love to exercise and have tried my best to keep my body in good shape. I've been very involved in nutrition research and counseling over the past 10 years. My wife and I have two adopted daughters. One is expecting her first baby in February (2012) and the other is anxiously awaiting "Captain Awesome" to arrive.

Why I am a Mormon

My great-great-great... grandparents on both sides of my family were early members of the Mormon Church. Some died for their beliefs, others crossed the plains and settled in the Salt Lake Valley and other places. So I have a rich heritage. That, however, is not the reason I'm a Mormon. Everyone must gain their own testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I have done that through much study, prayer, and fasting and through serving in the Church. I have a strong testimony of the Atonement of Jesus Christ and am thankful to Him for his great sacrifice for all mankind. I know, without doubt, that He and His Father appeared to the boy Joseph Smith and used him to restore the true Gospel of Jesus Christ to the Earth. During my youth, at age 19, I served a two year mission for the Church and saw many lives change because of their acceptance of the Gospel. I have literally seen miracles happen that can only be explained because of the power of God, not man.

How I live my faith

Most of my service in the Church has been music related. I began that kind of service at age 12. I have played the organ for our services everywhere I have lived and in a few places while on vacation. I have served in just about every music capacity in the Church with the exception of those in the ladies organizations. Additionally, I have almost always been involved in some capacity serving with other men in various priesthood or auxilliary leadership roles. I love the Book of Mormon because of the things it teaches me. I've read it many times and each one brings something new to my life. I love the principle of eternal families. My children are adopted but because of the sealing power of the priesthood, we can be sealed together as a family for all of eternity. The family is an essetial part of God's plan and He intends that we be together forever.

What do Mormons believe about family?

Dale
We believe that the family is an essential part of God's plan for his children, and that the family unit can extend into the next life. In Matthew 16:19, Jesus gave Peter the power and authority to seal things on earth and that what was sealed on earth be sealed in heaven. That sealing power is available to us today via sacred ceremonies conducted in the Holy Temples. It is that sealing power that binds my family together and that is very important to me because my children are both adopted. Through the Atonement of Jesus Christ and by living his commandments we are assured that our family associations will continue in the Eternities. Show more Show less