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Hi I'm Dale

I was born in New Jersey, married, raised our 5 children in CA and VA, am retired, and am a Mormon

About Me

I am a retired Federal Government worker. I enjoy reading, watching sports, playing golf, serving others, and being a Bishop in the Mormon Church.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was raised in the Mormon faith, I did not gain a testimony until I was 19. I had believed that the Church was true, but I did not have a spiritual witness of its truthfulness. After reading the Book of Mormon and asking God for a witness of its truthfulness, I received a very powerful manifestation that it was true and that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God and called to restore the Lord's true church. I also received the same powerful witness that Jesus is the Christ, the literal Son of God. I try to read the Book of Mormon annually and continue to feeling the witness of the Spirit of its truthfulness. I also have received witnesses of the Spirit that each President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints during my lifetime is a prophet of God. As I practice the principles and doctrines of the Church each day in my life, I am greatly blessed both spiritually and temporally.

How I live my faith

I try each day to live my faith by reading in the scriptures the Bible, Book of Mormon, etc., by having personal and family prayers, and attending church each Sunday. I enjoy visiting members of the church and serving others in the community. I also enjoy volunteering at a Mormon Temple

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Mormon temples are different than regular church meetinghouses. All people are welcome at a Mormon meetinghouse during our Sunday services and other activities that are held during the week. Modern day temples are similar to the ancient temples of the Old Testament. There were many parts of the ancient temples that were restricted to certain people--children of Israel, priests, the high priest, etc. Modern day temples are specially dedicated to perform special ordinances, such marriage for time and all eternity, which establishes an eternal family. In the temple we make covenants with the Lord, and in order to honestly make those covenants, one must be living the standards that are required for entrance into a temple. In other words, the restriction of entering the temple is a protection against those who are not ready to make and keep these sacred covenants. The temple ordinances show us the way to return to live with our Heavenly Father, His Son, Jesus Christ, and our families forever. This pathway requires us to make and keep a number of covenants with Heavenly Father so that we can be worthy to live with Him forever. We are also instructed about the covenants, ways to keep the covenants, and how to be successful in our quest to live with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.  Show more Show less