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Hi I'm Dale

I'm a caricature artist and limo driver. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a small town in IL where my sister and I were two of 3 members of the church. I met the woman of my dreams at college in a music theory class where we were the only weirdos that weren't music majors and were just taking it for fun. Now we have two beautiful kids -- a boy and a girl, and I love her more every day. After a brief break from school when our son was born, we moved from Virginia to Massachusetts and now I'm in school studying video game development and my wife is finishing her degree as well. When I get the chance I love to read a good novel, classic or contemporary or read through a book of philosophy. I'm also pretty into computer games (obviously), sketching and painting, lounging in a hammock, chasing my little ones in the back yard, and watching movies. I played saxophone in my high school band. And since my parents are superheroes, all six of the boys are Eagle Scouts.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents both joined the church when they were young adults. Both came from different religious backgrounds. So even though my parents and all six of my older brothers were members, I wasn't simply baptized when I turned eight years old. My parents sat me down and explained that this church is different from any other religion in the world. We claim to have living prophets and apostles, and priesthood authority restored to the earth at the command of Jesus Christ Himself. Those are some big claims, and they wanted to be sure that I knew for myself that they were true before I agreed to be a member of the church. So they told me do the same things that missionaries had told them to do to find out. They told me to read from the Book of Mormon, the ancient scriptures that Joseph Smith claimed to have translated by the power of God, and then do as the scriptures suggest - ask God if they are true. I still remember trying to read the Book of Mormon when I was seven years old. I had a hard time with some of the words, so it was slow going. I remember reading a certain part they showed me, that tells the story of when Christ appeared to the ancient Americans after He had been crucified and resurrected in Jerusalem and ascended to heaven. As soon as He appeared to the crowd of people gathered at the temple, He asked them to come feel the marks in His hands, feet, and side so that they could know that He was the Messiah they had been taught about. He let each person come to meet Him individually. I remember thinking how awesome that would be to touch the Savior's hand and look into His face. While I read, an incredibly deep peace settled over me. It was as if a voice spoke directly to my heart, telling me that this was more than a story - it actually happened. I knew then, in a real and personal way, that Christ still lives and that He leads this church today. The Book of Mormon is true. The Spirit has spoken that truth to my heart.

How I live my faith

I'm glad that my parents helped me to learn for myself that this restored gospel is true. It helped me to make good choices and remember what is most important in a difficult world. I was honored to receive the priesthood and begin serving in the church. Starting in 2004 I learned Spanish and served for two-years as a full-time missionary in southern California. It was some of the hardest work of my life, but aside from getting married to my sweetheart, it was the single greatest thing I have ever done. I got to share what had blessed my life with other people, all day long, every day. I didn't have to worry about school or work or what was on TV or how my teams were doing. I saw their lives change as they came closer to the Savior. I learned to look at everyone as a child of God with unending potential. Since then I've worked with the boy and cub scouts, I've helped in the nursery, taught young kids in primary, helped in the men's organization at my local congregation, sang in choirs, administered to the sick, and most importantly I've started to teach my children about our Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ.