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Hi I'm Dale

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a convert to the Mormon church, and I strongly feel that the best decision I ever made was to accept the Book of Mormon and testimony of the Prophet Joseph Smith as true and to be baptized into the church. I have found so much faith, friendship, and family within the church that I had never exprienced before, despite a strong religious upbringing. I consider myself a fairly regular person....I love baseball, Harry Potter, and McDonald's. I spend a lot of my free time reading, watching TV and DVDs, and on the computer.

Why I am a Mormon

When I first started meeting with the missionaries and reading the Book of Mormon, I was doubtful, to say the least. The missionaries challenged me each time I met with them to pray to God as I read the Book of Mormon to know if it was true, and for a long time I just didn't know. I never got the visions of the Father and Jesus that the Prophet Joseph Smith spoke of. I was never visited by angels like so many in the Bible and told, "This is true." Instead, my conversion and belief in the words of Joseph Smith could better be described as creeping up on me. I remember telling the missionaries each week "I still haven't been convinced it's true....but I also feel no conviction that it's not. Nothing from God or His Spirit that I feel inside of me is telling me to stop reading and investigating." And the more I read,the more I learned, the more I opened myself up to this church, the more I felt like this was where God wanted me...this was where I belonged. And I have never felt so welcomed, so loved, so involved within God's kingdom as I do now that I am a Mormon. While the world still often mocks and ridicules that which they do not understand, among which stands the Mormon church, I proudly confess that I am Mormon and feel extremely grateful everyday that I have found my home, here and eternally, within the Mormon church.

How I live my faith

Daily I read from the Scriptures and spend time in prayer with my Heavenly Father. These times are without question the most fulfilling times of my day and what keeps me going. I am grateful to have a calling in the church that makes me feel valued and important in the church, mostly because my calling allows me to use my expertise as a professional in working with an autistic youth in our congregation while fulfilling a role in God's kingdom.