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Hi I'm Dahl

I retired after working more than 40 years as an engineer to do engineering consulting work, golf, and ride. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a home in which my mother was a Mormon and my dad was a Lutheran. It was further complicated because my mother was a strong Republican and my father was a strong Democrate. Things were interesting when it came to discussion about religion or politics but we were taught to respect each others opinions or feelings ... only deal with issues. I met my wife at college and learned she came from the same type of home as I did. Both of our fathers joined the Mormon Church late in life. It was a joyful day for our mothers and us children to have the opportunity of attending the Temple together to be sealed as families for eternity. My wife and I have been married for 49 years and have 6 children, 21 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Our family is important to us. During my working career, as an engineer, I was awarded 5 patents and many other awards. I have traveled the world to help solve production problems with high speed production machines. I worked as the technical director for a large forest products company and recently retired. I enjoy traveling to visit with our children, taking cruises, golfing and riding my Harley. My wife and I decided that I needed to change my career after 10 years of marriage and four children. I attended college full time, my wife worked full time and I worked 20 hours per week. This was a time of great struggles financially but it was worth it. It provided a great career in engineering for the next 37 years.

Why I am a Mormon

Where I stand today it is hard to understand how I could have the joys of life that I feel without being a Mormon. Every thought I have of my wife and children causes me to ask myself ... what would the Savior have me do? Love is the key. I was not active as a youth and attended Church rarely as a young married man. We moved to a state where none of our neighbors were Mormon and it caused us to think about what it meant to us. Our older children wanted to attend Church so would drive them to the Mormon Church and dropped them off. One Sunday we decided to attend church together and left felling good about the words taught and love of the people. That evening the Bishop came to talk with me and explained how they had been praying for someone to fill a calling and the spirit told him it was me. When he said this I had a warm feeling come over me and knew it was so. I therefore accepted the calling to serve in the Ward Young Mens Presidency. I have studied the scriptures and have been on my knees asking if they are true. There is no question that they are and that we have a loving Father in Heaven and He has a perfect plan for us to return to live with Him. We have a loving Savior in Jesus Christ who's mission was to come to earth and establish His Church, suffer and atone for our sins, to be crusified and die so he could overcome death. He now sits on the right hand of His Father and our Father crowned with glory. This is His plan of salvation. It is perfect. The Church of Jesus Christ was restored to the earth by a young prophet named Joseph Smith, Jr. When I read the account or experience of the "First Vision" the first time and every other time I read or hear it ... I know it is true. I feel it. I am blessed with a perfect wife who supports me and we have been blessed with perfect children that have taught us much. We have learned to have the perfect love the Savior taught us about when he said, to love one another.

How I live my faith

I strive to be better today than I was yesterday. I try to be a little kinder and have more patience. I enjoy being of service and able to help others. Because there is not a position or calling in the Church where a person receives wages ... we all have callings that help us to gain experiences and share our knowledge or talents with others. I have had many callings and have enjoyed each one. The first calling I received was in scouting and I did not have any idea of what I was doing, then years later I was called to serve in scouting again but this time I had sons of my own in the program and was thankful for my first calling. We learn line upon line on how to become better. I now feel that these callings have taught me how to serve and to love those I serve. I know I am a better person because of being a member of "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints". The greatest calling I have though is that of husband and father. I have always enjoyed taking my family to Church and to keep the Sabbath day holy. It is a day to reflect on who we really are, why we are here and where we go after our time in mortality. We live our lives by trying to be the best person we can be. By keeping the commandments of God, we have been free from many burdons bringing more joy and happiness in the life of all our family members. We try to keep in mind what the Savior would want us to do or say. By keeping the commandments we are able to have the Holy Ghost as a constant companion to teach us and warn us of impending dangers. I strive to follow the teachings of living prophets and apostles. What a blessing it is to have them on the earth with us in our day. It shows the love of our Heavenly Father who has not left us alone. They teach what is needed for our day so that we will be able to live a life with our eye on the goal of eternal salvation. I want to live my life so I will be able to pull and not push my family or others to the Savior.