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Hi I'm Keith M. Dickson

I'm a Mormon, I'm 80 plus years old and have been married 61 years.

About Me

I'm a Mormon, born in Salt Lake City, I took that first thirty minute ride, with my mother (really with her) to the hospital from our little home town at Garfield Ut. This company owned mining town no longer exists, It has been replaced with a copper processing plant. From this very humble beginning, life began for me. I was born into a home that was presided over by goodly parents who were committed to doing all they could to give each one of their five children all they had. My Dad was a barber. At this time we were in the middle of the great depression of the 1930's. Kennecott copper was just about closed down.People were out of work, and everyone must have been worried sick. It was a case of,do you want to feed your family or do you want to get your hair cut? This was a slam dunk- the barber always lost. The job my parents did to keep me well grounded, happy and secure under these condition. must have been a yeoman task, I was not aware of any problem--life was simply great. I feel this foundation gave me the opportunity to build a great life for me and later for my own family. We moved up to the BQ ranch where my father had worked as a 15 year old boy, after his father had explained that he was now a man and it was time for him to be on his own. This humble beginning gave me the foundation-to have many neat jobs in the church-graduate from BYU- get married -- Raised seven neat kids-.have a successful career at the telephone co .

Why I am a Mormon

Why I am a Mormon Is really very simply . I was born of goodly, loving parents that always showed me unconditional love even at those time when I'm sure that I didn't deserve that kind of treatment.They alway gave me their support, made me feel important and made me feel that I could accomplish anything that I was willing to work and pay the price to achieve. I have always lived around good and kindly people who gave me the opportunity to grow and develop and to be the best I could be. It was, I am sure,obvious that my ability and talent didn't warrant the kind of success that always came my way. I seemed to succeed at every thing I tried. Baseball, basketball, all sports--,in the school play, I sang lead in the school operetta. So I accepted my good fortune and just kept on keeping on. This may sound like my life has simply been a bowl of cherries---Well that would not be the case. Over the years I have learned some very hard lessons and I have had to pay the price for these mistakes. But for some reason, I have never gotten so far from the path that by the grace of a loving Father in Heaven ---I was able to find my way back .It has never been a question of not believing what I was taught or any question about my source or the teaching. It has simply been about my inability and weaknesses. I had a little sign on my desk that reflects my attiitude.EACH DAY WE ARE FACED WITH BRILLIANT OPPORTUNITIES DISGUISED AS UNSOLVABLE PROBLEMS.

How I live my faith

The answer to this statement really makes me stop and ponder..The quick and fast answer would be that I have always lived my faith the best that I could on a day to day basis, based on the knowledge facts and experience that I had at that particular time in my life.That doesn't mean that I didn't have plans and dreams for the future, it simply means that I was taught early in life to make the most you can out of each day.--learn from your successes and failures make the necessary adjustment and go out the next day and be better than you were yesterday. The good Lord in heaven will do what is necessary if we keep working and do our part. I have always been blessed--Had many church calling but the ones I enjoyed the most would be those that involved working with the youth. I moved into one congregation that was having problems with their young men.I was called to be their adviser, Sunday School teacher and it was not long before I became their basketball coach. Many nights when I came home from work, I would find these guys waiting on my front porch for my arrival, I moved many times with my work at the telephone company, (13 times in 35 years) I always found great friends and a new church family waiting to welcome me and my neat family and to provide me opportunities to serve, I had seven children and this helped the children with the move. We took our own neighborhood with us.