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Hi I'm Dwayne

I am a Professor Emeritus of Soil Science at Colorado State University, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up on an irrigated farm in south eastern Idaho. Throughout high school my father always emphasized the importance of obtaining an education. Consequently, upon graduation from high school I went to the University of Idaho and earned a BS degree in Agronomy (Soils Science). I married my eternal companion after graduation in the Idaho Falls Temple. After two years in the Army we went to graduate school at Washington State University where I obtained a Ph.D. degree in Soil Science. I have worked most of my professional life in the academic environment. I came to Colorado State University (CSU) in 1978 in the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences. My first assignment was with the On-Farm-Water Management Project in Lahore, Pakistan where we lived for two years. Since my return to CSU over 30 years ago I have been involved in teaching, research, and outreach activities. I retired on June 30, 2011 but still retain my office in the Department. We have 3 children, 12 grandchildren, and one grandchild. My life has been rich and full as a result of my profession, my family, and the Church. The Mormon Church has been a guiding beacon for me and has shown me the way to be happy, productive, and of service to my fellow man. I cherish my testimony in our Savior, Jesus Christ, and our modern-day Prophets that guide and direct us through latter-day revelation.

Why I am a Mormon

I was baptized a member of the Mormon Church when I was eight years old. Like many teens, I was “somewhat active” during this time. When I was in college I had a girlfriend back in my home town. She was very special and had a strong testimony of the restored gospel. She influenced me to get my life in order and start attending church more faithfully. Through her influence I developed a testimony of Joseph Smith and the restoration of Jesus’ Church back on the earth today with its priesthood powers. Since that time the Church has been a major influence in my life. By adhering to its teachings and principles I have been able to enrich the lives of my family members and bring much happiness into our lives. I know that Jesus Christ is our redeemer and that his Church has been restored to the earth today with all the priesthood powers and ordinances necessary for us to return to his presence after death for all time and eternity.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to be an example to those I come in contact with. At a major University where I have been a Professor for many years this is very important because of the impact it may have on others. I come in contact with many people and I try to be an example of Christian behavior and ethics. I have tried to guide my family using the principles that I have been taught and use them as a guidepost in my everyday life. I have learned that if we but live what we have been taught by our Church leaders and from the scriptures we will have productive, Christian based lives that will lead us to happiness in our everyday life.