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Hi I'm Dale

I'm a husband, dad, grandpa, retired school teacher and farmer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in a small town. My dad was a farmer so naturally I became acquainted with agriculture. He raised alfalfa hay and cattle. After graduating from high school I attended a junior college. There I met my future wife and following graduation we were married. We then attended and graduated from a university in education. Both of us taught in the public education system for many years. We retired when called to serve a mission for the church. We have four children, three sons and a daughter. They have been a blessing to us and we are most proud of them. All three sons served missions and all four children married in the temple. They have provided us with 15 grandchildren whom we love. I've always been interested in sports. I played football, basketball and ran track in school. I later coached these same sports on the high school level, an experience that I cherished. Farming is in my blood. Consequently, I've farmed somewhere between 40 and 800 irrigated acres for my adult life. It's a connection with nature that is addicting. It helps to get rid of extra money. I'm not rich, famous or powerful. My proudest accomplishments are in the lives of my children and grandchildren. My greatest honor is to be married to my wife. Our lives have been productive and rewarding. Nothing has been perfect but overall is has been a panorama of memorable events. We look back with gratitude and look forward with anticipation to enjoy all that life offers.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I believe membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints provides opportunity to spend eternity with those I love. Being a Mormon places me in a lifestyle that is clean and wholesome. Being a Mormon gives me confidence that I can continually improve and become like Jesus Christ. It allows me to have ordinances and blessings that secure my family members together. Living as a Mormon should live allows me peace and confidence in a turbulent world. It allows me an opportunity to serve others in a productive way. Mormonism allows me to make covenants with God. Being a Mormon puts me in a position to associate with others who have similar values and beliefs. Also, it allows me opportunity and authority to confidently declare the word of God to all my friends and acquaintances. Revelation for my own life flows to me to assist through daily living. Being a Mormon places essential knowledge at my fingertips. I can learn truths that God has allowed us to know. Through the Bible, Book of Mormon and other scriptures I can read and ponder the true word of God. Through revelation to our living prophet and declared by him, I can know how to safely navigate through mortality I have come to know the Gospel of Jesus Christ is true. For me and my family it is the most important part of our life. It gives us joy and happiness and peace. Being a Mormon is the greatest thing in my life. My wife and I both embrace our religion and it unifies us like nothing else. Our greatest desire is to live so we may be married through eternity and enjoy all the blessings promised. God has declared that salvation is the greatest gift of God. For my wife and I, that is our desire and we work towards that promise.

How I live my faith

I try every day to live my religion. When I mess up, I repent and try again. It is a path that gives me peace, confidence and happiness. Every day I try to learn more of Christ and His teachings so I can be, and act, more like Him. Because I've committed to live my religion I can bypass many of the mistakes and trials that often happen. My decisions are pre-made---just do as a good Mormon should. If I do my best the Lord will help me be more than I naturally could be.

In whom should we have faith?

There are certainly many good examples among all nationalities and all religions. Each of us can emulate good traits from these outstanding people. However, Jesus Christ is the only perfect example. It is Christ and examples of His service, His life, and His passions that we should follow with complete trust and confidence. Show more Show less