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Hi I'm Dean Lester

I grew up on a farm in Indiana into a very close knit family. I am a Mormon

About Me

I grew up on a farm in the mid western part of the United States as part of a close knit family to include both sets of grandparents all living within a mile and a half of each other. I was given the responsibility of taking care of animals and working in the garden. The skills that I acquired as a kid back home followed me in my adult life and I have created a fruit tree orchard to include apricots, apple, plum, pear and peach and my family and I have enjoyed the fruit Additionally I have a mature grape arbor that graces my back yard. The orchard and the grape arbor has become a much enjoyed hobby to keep them watered, pruned and sprayed when appropriate and I can remember very vividly my Grandfather Lester's orchard. It has been my privilege to obtain a college degree, serve my country for 20 years in the United States Army and being the father of ten children, 5 boys and 5 girls. My wife and I, in addition to our own family, have taken foster children into our home

Why I am a Mormon

As a young lad growing up my parents made sure that my older brother and I where well versed on the fact that there was a Supreme Being, whose son was Jesus Christ and that there was a third member, the Holy Spirit or Holy Ghost. At that young age I wasn't sure why there where three members but it later became clear as their roles and the importance of those roles were explained. As I grew and matured into young adulthood I drifted away from an active role in the church but I always managed to hang on to the basic foundation that my parents instilled in myself and my brother. Later on as I was raising my family the spirit came to my mind most vividly that the Lord was not going to lose us to the clutches of that evil one, yea even the Devil. I wasn't sure what to make of that impression but I never forgot it and after several years had past and a few moves to other communities we arrived in Elfrida Arizona a small community in southern Arizona. One day a neighbor stopped by the house and invited myself and my family to a Pioneer Day function that they were having at the church and that we didn't need to bring a thing. The boys and I made a large jug of Iced Tea and took it to the church. There was plenty of food and the members of the church very friendly and graciousbut we could not understand why our ice tea jug was still full. Within a few short days the lady missionaries that were serving in Elfrida area stopped by the house to set up an appointment to take the discussions. A date and time was set and the missionaries showed up. After the discussion was ended and we found out why out ice tea jug was still full the missionaries helped clean out the beer in the refrigerator and confiscated our supply of coffee and tea in the house. The area that was most difficult for me was giving up my smoking habit and it took about a year to finally break it.

How I live my faith

After myself and my family's baptism we were immediately assign callings in the local ward in Elfrida Arizona. My wife at that time (she passed away some years later) was the Ward organist,and I was assigned to teach the Temple preparedness class. With the usual reesponsibility of home and visiting teaching assignments, the family set out to gain a testimony of the gospel plan that we had just recently became a part of. The first five years in the church I embarked upon reading the entire Standard Works and anything else that I could get my hands such as the History of The Church, the monthly Church publications, and regular attendance of the Ward's Sunday block and the Conference Sessions held twice a year. Little by little I gained a testimony built upon the experiences that I enjoyed during the early years of being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Lattrer Day Saints. Through the years set backs have come along in my life but my testimony has remained strong and I am so thankful of those little old lady missionaries that cleaned out my refrigerator and confiscated my tea and coffee and for everyone who remained patient while I was overcoming my smoking habit. The spirit came to me during this trying time and said "If you want to be a Mormon you need to give up smoking."! I gave it up and have not looked back It has been my priviledge to have had various callings in the church, a teacher, and at the present time I am the Stake Employment Specialist to assit those in the community who are looking for employment opportunities.