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Hi I'm Dallin D Dean

I love trying new things and running my own business. I love my wife and kids and seek the freedom to be home with them!

About Me

Hi, I'm Dallin. I was named after Dallin H. Oaks, one of the 12 apostles. He was president of BYU when my parents went to school there many years ago. I currently reside in Hilton Head South Carolina with my wife Tovah and my boys Dace and Zadek. In a few months we will be joined by 2 more, we are having twins, a boy and a girl. I have been running my own businesses for many years and recently I was involved in an accident where I fell 20 feet from a roof and fractured my back.This experience has made me rethink my current situation and start looking at new ideas. I have always enjoyed working with my hands and have been involved in a lot of construction and maintenance type work. Now I get the opportunity to do something else. I am starting a small publishing business and I also want to get involved in buying and selling used cars, motorcycles, airplanes, who knows, it all sounds interesting to me. I am a big fan of doing something exciting so that I never feel like I am working for a living. Life is about enjoyment and fulfillment, I could never be in a situation where I am doing something I don't enjoy just to pay the bills. Because of this belief it has been many years since i have had the sinking feeling of heading off to a job that I didn't like and din't get paid enough to do.

Why I am a Mormon

While I was lucky enough to be born into a family that practiced the restored gospel of Jesus Christ which is found in the Mormon church, I have never just followed blindly and have questioned many things. I have found answers in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints that can not be found anywhere else. The great thing about this church is that the theology goes so deep that it provides answers to questions that are rarely even asked in other religions. This gospel provides explanations to the 3 big questions of Where did I come from? Why am I hear on earth? Where do I go after I die? As I looked at the structure of this church I could easily see how it parallels the structure that was set up by Jesus Christ in the New Testament and then again as he set up his church in the Americas as recorded in the Book of Mormon. I have always wondered why other churches and religions did not follow this same structure of being led by a prophet and 12 apostles and I feel that it is because we are not just followers of Jesus Christs teachings, we are followers of Jesus Christ's leadership. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the only religion on earth today that is led directly by Jesus Christ through a modern prophet. Jesus Christ is the one calling the shots, man is not calling the shots. Christs true church has always been led by him personally whether it was Jehovah laying out the law to Moses and the children of Israel, Jesus Himself coming to earth to straighten out his church and lay forth his gospel, or Jesus appearing to Joseph Smith in order to provide a restoration of the gospel he had previously provided and which had been corrupted and lost. The gospel of Jesus Christ as provided in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is very easily the most deep and yet the most plain of any religion I have learned about and I have looked at many for reasons of comparison. There is no other church that provides me with these answers.

How I live my faith

I feel it is very important to attend church on a weekly basis. The reason Jesus Christ set up and provided a sacrament for his apostles was because it was a way for them to always remember him when he was not with them in the flesh. I am a firm believer that when we don't take the time to remember Jesus Christ we tend to be more susceptible to temptations and life does not go as well. I know this because I have tested it. I feel that my life and attitude is always better when I don't miss a week of attending church and partaking of the sacrament or communion as other churches call it. I love the fact that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints allows us to serve. There is no paid ministry in this church, everyone volunteers time and talents and there is not a better run organization anywhere in the world. As members serve one another in various callings we begin to love each other like family. My wife and I live a long way from our own families but we are surrounded by great friends whom we love. I am grateful for opportunities that I have to serve. Recently I was released from a calling where I served as 1st Counselor in the Hilton Head bishopric. This calling allowed me to serve the entire congregation of Hilton Head and Bluffton. The 3 of us in the bishopric were able to watch out for many others and provide guidance and instruction to many. I love serving in the church and I love serving out of the church. I was released from this calling because my wife and I are expecting twins and since we already have two young boys I felt it was time to step down and help my wife oversee the family at church. She has done a great job with the two we have but 4 children under 4 would be a lot to handle. Currently I don't have a new calling or assignment at church but I look forward to any opportunity to serve!

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

Dallin D Dean
The members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints are very dedicated. This is not an easy religion to be involved in because it requires much from its membership. The church is strong because its members are strong. We serve each other constantly, many like the fact that they are needed in order for the church to grow and expand. I also believe that because Jesus Christ is in charge we can not fail. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is growing at an unprecedented rate because what it teaches is true and people are drawn to truth. We live by a higher law of moral values than most and as the world is getting more worldly and good values are diminishing, good people are going to where these values are still taught and lived and that is in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Show more Show less