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Hi I'm Dean

I'm a Mormon. I have been married to a wonderful wife for 59 years and have a fantastic family.

About Me

I am a retired Electrical Engineer, having worked 34 years in the aerospace industry doing very interesting and challenging work. I have a master's degree and have taken many additional graduate courses trying to keep up with the advancing technology. I enjoy outdoor activities and have taken boy scouts on several 50+ mile hikes in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California and the Uinta mountains of Utah. I have been on top of Mount Whitney three times with the young men. I enjoy painting with oils and have produced a few paintings that some think are worth hanging on the wall.

Why I am a Mormon

Each of my eight great grandparents listened to the Mormon missionaries in their respective countries in Europe and accepted their message. Each received a strong testimony that the true Church of Jesus Christ had been restored to the earth and they wanted to be an active part in building the kingdom of God on earth. They came from four countries --- Norway, Sweden, Scotland and England, and they wanted to join the Mormons in Utah. They made the long voyage across the Atlantic Ocean to New York and then traveled across what was then the United States to the Mississippi River. From there they walked or rode in covered wagons for over one thousand miles of plains and mountains to Utah where they settled in the Provo, Santaquin and Goshen areas. All of my parents, grandparents and these stalwart pioneer great grandparents were strong and active in the Church all their lives. They set a great example for me. I was baptized at the age of eight. As the years passed my personal testimony grew. Through activity, service, study, prayer and faith I have come to know that Jesus is the Christ. Joseph Smith truly was called as the Prophet through whom Jesus Christ has restored His Priesthood power and all the teachings and ordinances of the Gospel to the earth once again for all who will hear and accept it. Jesus Christ, himself, and many other heavenly messengers visited the Prophet Joseph on many occasions and restored the complete Gospel, line upon line and precept upon precept. Priesthood power, authority and keys were restored. New scripture was given by revelation for us to use as a companion to the Bible to clarify many Gospel principles and ordinances. The "Mormon" Church is the Church of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is our Savior and our Redeemer. He atoned for our sins, if we will repent and follow His teachings.

How I live my faith

In addition to living the basic principles of the Gospel of Jesus Christ such as the Ten Commandments, the Law of Tithing, the Lord's Law of Health, etc, a very important principle in the Mormon Church is developing a Christ-like love for others by performing active service. The Lord has wisely assisted us in this principle by the way His Church is organized. The Mormon Church is a "Lay" Church. This means that we have no full-time paid pastors or ministers. The regular members of the congregation fill all the necessary positions required for a fully functioning congregation, including areas of administration, spiritual guidance, teaching at all levels, conducting worship services, performing ordinances such as baptism and sacrament, social activities, and community relations. Each family has assigned to them a pair of "Home Teachers" who visit or contact that family at least monthly to give them a spiritual message and assist in any way they can. There is something for each member to do. As a youth I held various leadership positions in the youth organization. At the age of 20, I was called to serve a 30 month mission in a foreign country. Through the years that followed I have been blessed to serve in numerous assignments such as a teacher of youth (both scouting and Sunday worship), Sunday School teacher, local missionary, and several different administrative positions on both the congregation and multi-congregational levels. After our children were grown with their own families, my wife and I have served three different missions, two of which were in foreign countries. We now do a significant amount of Family History research and enjoy serving in the local Mormon Temple.