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Hi I'm Dean

I grew up in a small coal mining town. I lead the youth ministry at church. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am privileged to work for The Coca-Cola Company, and lived and worked in Russia for 5 years. Because my 3 sons wrestle I am involved in the youth and high school wrestling programs. My daughter is a cheerleader, yet tough enough to keep her brothers in check. College football and hunting are my hobbies.

Why I am a Mormon

Despite growing up a Mormon, I realized in my later teen years that I could not commit to live something throughout my life simply because it was the faith of my parents. I studied things out for myself, and after a few months I knelt in prayer with a desire to know from God himself if this religion was true and if it is the path I should follow. Heavenly Father spoke to me that night! I didn't hear him with my ears. But He spoke to my heart and my mind. As I knelt there I realized that I knew from God himself what was true and what I should do with my life. That was 30+ years ago. Since then I have lived the gospel of Jesus Christ as taught by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Just as the scripture says, "By their fruits shall ye know them." so I have seen and tasted of the fruit and I know again that this is the true church on the earth and that it is led by a prophet of God; just as it always was in the Bible times.

How I live my faith

I am a leader of the youth ministry for young men ages 12 to 18 years old across 7 different congregations. The objectives of the ministry are to help young men become converted to Christ, serve in the Church, give meaningful service, obtain as much education as possible and prepare to become worthy husbands and fathers. It is extremely rewarding. I love to see young people come to realize that they are a child of god, that their life has purpose, that they have a wonderful opportunity to make the world a better place and that they can raise of family based on love and happiness. I have two families in my congregation that I personally look after. One is a single mother raising two teenagers. The other are empty nestors. I'm there to help them in any way they need. For example, I helped the single mother when the AC in the attic began leaking water down through the ceiling.

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

In Ezekiel in the Bible it says that in the last days the stick or record of Judah would join with the stick or record of Joseph and be a witness to all of the full gospel of Jesus Crhrist. The Bible is the record of Judah. The Book of Mormon is the record of Joseph. It contains the writings of ancient prophets. One of these, Lehi, lived in Jerusalem around 600 B.C. God commanded Lehi to lead a small group of people to the American continent. There they became a great civilization. God continued to call prophets among these people. The Book of Mormon is a collection of the writings of their prophets and record keepers. It is named after Mormon, one of the last of these ancient prophets. These prophets knew about Heavenly Father’s plan for His children and the mission of Jesus Christ. They recorded that Christ appeared, after His Resurrection, to the people in America, taught them His gospel, and formed His Church among them. The book contains the teachings of Jesus Christ, testifying of His Atonement and His love. It supports and verifies the Bible. Show more Show less