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Hi I'm Dirk Anderson

Raised in America's heartland, I now enjoy married life raising five children in Smithfield, UT. I'm a teacher, andI'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in the rural northwestern Illinois town of Morrison in the 1980s. I graduated high school in 1991, served a two-year mission in Las Vegas and Reno, Nevada, and then completed my BA and MA degrees in Public Policy at Brigham Young University in 1999. Professionally, I've worked as a state and local government analyst and consultant for over ten years in California, Utah, and Alaska, helping in each organization to overcome unique fiscal and programmatic challenges. However, my most rewarding successes and greatest joys have come as a husband and father. I feel very strongly that through my faith in Jesus Christ, my very best efforts to live the gospel, and Heavenly Father's grace and power, my wife and I have been able to recognize His hand in our lives, overcome challenges, and enjoy so many of His blessings. I love the theories and practice of good government, studying America's founding and the American World War II experience, and promoting good citizenship. I enjoy college football, all forms of baseball, and spending time with my wife and children. I hope to encourage my own family members and students to be great citizens by standing up for their beliefs and contributing positively to their communities. I love the involvement I have in my church and feel extremely blessed to serve in the various church callings I've held. In the end, I hope people remember me inspiring them to be a good person and encouraging them to achieve their dreams.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the Midwest, where the church is not prevalent, with my mother being a member of the LDS Church, but my father not. When I was 11 years of age, I became more interested in religion. When I began attending church in our local LDS congregation, something immediately felt right about it. Everything I learned in church and everything taught me by the missionaries just felt right and good. Something about my entire church experience rang true inside of me, and I was baptized on my 12th birthday in November 1985. Maintaining regular activity in the church through my teenage years, I attended BYU-Provo upon graduating High School. After one year of BYU, I served my two-year mission to Nevada in December 1992. Going on a mission was the most important decision of my life. It was an amazing experience, teaching me so many life-gospel lessons that I have needed to be a good husband and father. Life is not easy, but the lessons I learned on my mission have helped me to live the gospel faithfully, in both easy and challenging times. I've always appreciated that the Church emphasizes building my own relationship with my Heavenly Father. Even as a young boy learning about the Church, the missionaries taught me that I could know of myself of the truthfulness of Jesus Christ, of His atonement, of the reality of a loving Heavenly Father, of all scripture, and of the restoration of the gospel through Joseph Smith. While far from being perfect, I have gained a very strong testimony of God's existence, of the reality of the Savior's atonement for my sins, and of Heavenly Father's love, kindness, and forgiveness. I am grateful for the sacrifice that Christ made for me, and for the love that Heavenly Father has shown me in allowing His Son to serve as the Savior. My involvement in the church gives me regular opportunities to serve others, and I get a lot of joy and satisfaction in helping others. I am truly grateful for the gospel of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I have served over the past ten years primarily in the Young Men's organization of the Church at the local level. I have served a number of times as a Boy Scouts of America Scoutmaster, as well as a Sunday Primary teacher for the 4-5 year olds. My time in Young Men's allows me to testify of the reality of my Savior to the boys, hopefully encouraging them to pray and develop their own relationship with Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. That service also allows me to teach young men to work hard, to be positive, and to be kind to others. Not all of the boys come from strong families, and I try to encourage and give those boys hope for their future. I have enjoyed serving as an adult leader and mentor to the young men in our neighborhood. My service and experiences have definitely strengthened me, as well. I also serve as a Home Teacher, visiting a few families every month to provide friendship and assistance, when possible. We also have a short gospel discussion and pray together each visit. It is part of my official duties as a Priesthood holder to watch out for my brethren and sisters in the church. I know the opportunity is there in all married families, but I definitely consider my roles as husband and father in my home to be the most important "jobs" in God's kingdom. I believe strongly that I will be held accountable for all of my works in life, but I expect some pretty direct accountability will be upon me for how I served as a husband and father. Did I love my wife and children unconditionally? Did I forgive them? Did I allow kindness to rule my foremost interactions, or frustration and harsh words? I pray daily for the strength, wisdom, and guidance of my loving Heavenly Father to help me be the best man He can make of me for my wife and children. While Heavenly responsibilities are present, Heavenly help is there to guide and support me. God definitely cares that I become the absolute best father and husband possible.