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Hi I'm Dean

I was born & raised in NW KS. I treasure most my Eternal Family, my wife, Della, 8 children and 17 grandchildren. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up near a little town in Northwest Kansas of 1500 people. My parents taught me well. I learned how to work hard on our farm, play hard on the school sports teams, excell in learning and the arts, and to love and worship God. I was a member of the Presbyterian church where we attended every Sunday and attended Youth activities every Wednesday night. I met and married my High School sweetheart soon after I started college. I went to the University of Kansas and received a degree in Aerospace Engineering. I worked for several companies over the years utilizing my engineering and management skills that I have learned over the years. We were baptized in the LDS Church soon after college. I am now retired from Engineering type work and I work with 2 of my sons in a family Photography business. We do sports and school photography of nearly 1 million children each year. My Wife and I have 8 children, 14 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. We are grateful for our family and the strength we have together and the love that we share. We have a family cheer, developed from my Woodbadge Scout training. On any occation that we choose, those present put both hands into the center of the circle and we chant our family cheer with the ending honoring the person or persons that we are recognizing and wishing well. It's a great tradition in our family! I enjoy being a Husband, Father, Grandfather, & Great Grandfather. It brings me much happiness and joy!

Why I am a Mormon

When my wife and I first met, one of our first serious topics of discussion was that of religion. We were on common ground as I was Presbyterian and she was Methodist. We soon fell in love and talked of getting married. We talked of the family that we wanted and of our family through the eternities, a concept not taught by any church that we knew of. As our love grew stronger, we knew that our love was special and that in the eternities we would continue the special relationship that we had. A loving Heavenly Father would not just provide for a common happy bliss where all loved each other the same but surely would provide for relationships such as ours to continue. We had been married for 4 years, had 1 little girl, had graduated from college and were living in California at the time. We were still very active in the Methodist church when a woman my wife knew stopped by to discuss religion. Her statements made my wife upset enough that the following evening she brought up the topic with a friend of ours at a business meeting at a resturant. He said that we believed like he did. He explained his church's teachings of God and the Holy Ghost. He then mentioned that families could be eternal by being sealed together in a Temple. He joted these things down on a napkin and gave it to my wife. When we returned home that evening, we discussed the things he had written on the napkin. We were not sure what Mormons were but we did like what they taught as they taught that FAMLIES CAN BE FOREVER! This friend of ours was a Seventy in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. We decided to ask him more questions. Over the next 2 weeks he taught us the missionary discussions and we were baptized. A year later we went to the Temple in Los Angles and were sealed for Time and all Eternity. We have now been married for 41 years and have been members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints for 36 years.

How I live my faith

I live my faith 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. When one finds the ways of the Savior and commits to being more like him each day, what you believe and what you do every day are the same. There is no double standard. I do try to be more like my Savior Jesus Christ every day and I try very hard to live my life such that it is a reflection of that commitment. Thus, I am what I believe. I have always been a good person. However, over time I have learned to more kind, patient and understanding. I have learned to be a better husband, father and friend to others. I pray each day that I might touch someone eleses life for good that day and that I might make a difference for good in their life. In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, we are called to serve in the positions that are needed to conduct the affairs of the church and to teach one another. These callings are given through inspiration to our leaders and we are then asked to serve in those capacities for a time. I have willingly served in many capacities in the church from a Sunday School Teacher to a local Church Leader. One of my favorite callings was that of Scout Master. I have been involved in the Boy Scouts of America for over 40 years. I am an Eagle Scout and Woodbadge Trained. I have had the privilidge of working with my 5 sons and many of other boys teaching them the life skills of scouting. I have had the privilige of seeing all of my sons earn the rank of Eagle Scout. I currently serve as a Councilor to a Bishop in a church unit that is organized just for the single young adults from the time they graduate from high school through age 30. We have lots of activities and oportunities for service for this group. We help teach them the Gospel of Jesus Christ, provide meaningful oportunities for service, and provide for interaction with other singles who believe as they do. I am pleased and not ashamed to be a Morman. It is what I am each and every day.