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Hi I'm Dean

I am a retired businessman and now I fly fish, enjoy classic cars, ride a motorcycle and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I met my wife while attending the University of Colorado, and we were soon married. After graduation from CU I began a business career that lasted about 40 years. I traveled a lot, was involved with two successful start-up businesses, and met many wonderful people. Our first interest in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was sparked by my wife's recognition of a very positive change in her brother, who had joined the Church several years earlier. But, we felt comfortable with our general situation at that time and did not act on those feelings. Both of us had grown up attending church, but had not attended church together since our marriage. After much study and prayer we joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1969, when I was 29 years old. Today, I am retired from business and spend my time with my family, volunteering in our community and the Church, enjoying classic cars, riding my motorcycle and fly fishing.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I believed the Missionaries' teachings the first time I heard them. But, I did not join the Church at that time because I had heard stories about "strange Mormon beliefs". Also, I was comfortable in my lifestyle and realized that joining a church would require me to change. Therefore, it took me almost nine months to make a commitment to be baptized, because I had to get to the truth about those stories and feel comfortable making changes in my life. As my wife and I were driving home from our baptism, I remember saying to her, "I think we have done a good thing, but I am not going to get as involved as many of the members we have met". But, that attitude soon dissolved, and my desire to be more involved grew as I learned more about the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the Scriptures, and found many things I did not not know or understand. This new knowledge answered questions I had never even thought about before. Also, as I became more active in the Church, I met many new people and saw the way their families were living their lives, and I liked that, and wanted my family to live that same way.

How I live my faith

Four years in the US Navy and two years working in the oil fields of Wyoming and Montana while earning money for college may provide a feeling for my environment, my associations and my actions during some very formative years. My language was pretty salty and I associated with some pretty rough individuals. I did not focus on what God wanted for me, but on what I wanted for myself. I was pretty self centered. I was, however, willing to work hard, and deep inside me I knew I wanted something different. College graduation gave me a little boost in the right direction, but it did not do much to refine my Spirit. So I had a long way to go to live as Jesus Christ teaches men to live. I am still not there, but I think I have improved. In the last 42 years of trying to follow Jesus' teachings I have developed the knowledge, strength and discipline to eliminate many bad habits. I have elevated my expectations for myself by realizing I am a child of God and need to act like it. I try to be more respectful of others, even when I disagree with them. I have a strong commitment to do what I know to be right, even if I am in a tough situation. I always strive to be worthy to attend the Temple, which Mormons believe to be the most Holy place on earth. It is where we are taught God's Plan of Happiness, and then can make Covenants to live in accordance with it. In my personal life I pray and read scriptures regularly, both alone and with my wife. I volunteer in several Interfaith groups in our community and volunteer in the Church. I try to teach my four children and my grandchildren to be better than I am. I love my wife of 46 years and support her in all she does. I work at being a good neighbor and a true friend to all I know. Also, I like to let everyone know how happy I am and how living the Gospel of Jesus Christ has contributed to that happiness.