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Hi I'm Dale

I'm a Mormon. I learned about the Mormon Church while I was in the Military Service during the Viet Nam War.

About Me

I was born into a good home and while we did not attend any church, we practiced Christian attributes. My father was a hard worker and provided the financial needs of the family while my mother stayed at home caring for my brother and I. I had a happy life with parents always with me not to mention grandparents and an aunt and uncle close by. We did a lot together as an extended family. As I grew up I realized that the world was always in a state of caos and while in my early years that did not effect me I surely did not want to have my future be surrounded by so much sadness. I remember in High School being a member of the "Youth for Christ" program but soon leaned that the association was purely social and absent of Christ's teachings. While in High School I was given an opportunity to work with the local Sheriff's Dept., and soon found a career that I thought I would be happy in. While still in my youth, I spent hundreds upon hundreds of hours at the Sheriff's Dept., learning about the law enforcement profession. While I grew up tremendously fast seeing a great deal of death and violence, I at lease found a means to be part of society that wanted to help. As a result of the Viet Nam War, it was necessary for me to go into the armed services and I chose the US Navy. While I was on the Island of Guam, Mormon Missionaries knocked on my door and shared their message that God lives. I believed all that they offered and joined the Church as soon as I was allowed.

Why I am a Mormon

Before I became a member of the Mormon Church I at times pondered if God ever gave man modern day revelation and if he did, why is it not so commonly known and accepted. You can imagine the excitement that was mine to enjoy when those missionaries knocked on my door with answers to life's questions "who am I, why am I here and where am I going." While I was investigating the Church I soon realized that the Church offered all that I needed to return to Christ. I was amazed that whatever they taught I wholeheartedly accepted as the truth. There was no doubt that what was being taught to me was from God ... AND I WANTED TO BE PART OF IT. I remember the missionaries giving me reading assisgnments in the Book of Mormon and found such satisfaction when learning modern day scripture. When I left my military assignment for the day, all that I desired to do was to go to my room and study more about my relationship with God. I had such a burning desire to learn more it was easy to find myself having read the entire Standard Works of the Church not to mention other books which were recommended. I have been a member now for over 40 years and cannot perceive what my life would have been without such membership. Without a doubt, if one follows the teachings of Christ as taught by the Mormon Church the world would be so much better off. As a member I quickly learned how women are treated and I surely liked the concept that women are choice spirits and should be treated as such. Oh how special it was when I leanrd about the progression of life and that I could some day return to not only to Chirst but equally so to my Heavenly Father.and my family. Yes, it was very specal when I met my wife to be and was married in the Oakland, California Temple. My wife and I have been married almost 40 years and have four children. Our love continues and all of our early activities point towards achieving all that we can to insure that our family will be together for ever

How I live my faith

After my military service, I returned home and found my life-long mate who I have been married to for almost 40 years. We had four children all whom were taught well the gospel. We have all remained active with family history and temple work being a very important part of our lives. Upon retuning home, I went back to complete my college education and resumed my interest in law enforcement. I was hired as a deputy sheriff and continued as such for 30+ years, eventually becoming a Chief of Police in one of our contract cities and a graduate of the FBI National Academy. Over those years, there are no doubt in my mind that my success was a result of my church membership. The life of a police officer is not like it was when I started and without the Church I woujld not have had the success as I did. With all of its difficulties and the experiences that I had, I alway kept in my mind who I was and my relationship I had with God. With such a blessisng, I would not have been able to do what all I needed to do for my family.. Life in the Church is so grand and I always looked forward with its many opportunies to serve. I have served a number of positions in the Church such as ward clerk, Sunday School Teacher, Cub Scout Leader, Scout Master, missionary, temple worker, adult mission, not to mention a number of ward and stake leadership positions. My service in the Church had a great influence upon my children as they, now being adults, mention noticing me studying and leaving the home going on a Church assignment. When I was serving in a Bishopfric and during Church services, the family always sat up front of the congregation so they new where I was. They often remarked how important it was to see me reading from the scriptures and preparing for my Church Services. All this was an example to my family who likewise have now the same attributes which is to always serve.