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Hi I'm Dean

I'm a Mormon. I was born and raised in the church, in Southern Idaho.

About Me

I am a happy retiree, now busy doing Church and other volunteer work and enjoying our growing posterity. I grew up on a farm in rural Idaho, and served a full-time mission for the Church in Southern California. After graduate school I met my wife who had just completed college with a degree in Elementary Education. We moved to Colorado where we raised five children. When the last entered school, my wife began teaching full-time, working until we retired within a few months of each other. With our "nest" empty, we moved to a smaller home and are quite contented in our current circumstances.

Why I am a Mormon

Though my parents were members of the Mormon faith, each person must address his own faith and evaluate his relationship to God. I was comfortable with the beliefs taught in our home and followed a progression of participation, developing my own commitment to practice Mormonism. I feel the Church teachings provide an anchor to hold on to which is stable and firm, in the midst of a world of declining moral values and alienation from God. I feel secure in the tenets regarding the nature of God and our purpose in mortality. I know God lives and is mindful of us individually, responding to our faith and prayers for His love, guidance and support. I believe that consistent with history through the ages, God communicates with man through a prophet, and that he has one on the earth today. This prophet provides wise counsel, clarifies His teachings in the scriptures and assists the application of divine law in today's unique environment. Keeping His commandments and remaining faithful to Him bring the blessings He promises, and provide peace of mind and a true sense of satisfaction with life and eternal opportunities.

How I live my faith

With our agency to choose our course in life, comes accountability for our choices. I try to be true to the trust God places in me to follow Him and remain faithful. It is my commitment to remain faithful to the teachings I espouse, and I have been greatly blessed as a result. Over the years my wife and I have accepted and served in numerous positions asked of us by our leaders. We have also served in leadership capacities ourselves and developed many close, lasting friendships which we treasure. We jointly served a full-time mission in Eastern Euorpe after retirement, working with the youth and young adults of the church in religious education. I am currently the ecclesiastical leader of a congregation of young single adults, and my wife serves in a position with that group as well, teaching a class in religious education. We find this to be a rewarding responsibility and are extending our scope of friends through new avenues as we serve.