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Hi I'm Dean

I grew up in Brigham City UT, I'm very happily married, have three adopted children, love Racquetball and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Hershey, Pennsylvania and moved northern UT when I was about 6 months old. I had a wonderful childhood with great friends and neighbors that welcomed us with open arms. I loved riding BMX bicycles and motorcycles from the age of five. At the age of 16 I started cooking at a great restaurant and continued working as a cook through High School and during my first two years of college I met the love of my life and my wife to be while attending college. After my sophomore year we moved to Arizona to pursue job opportunities and a fresh start. I worked for a short period in custom home construction then started my career in aerospace at the age of 22. After being married about five years we decided to start a family. Eight years later we realized we were on the wrong path for bringing children into our family. We began to purse the adoption process and over a span of nine years we adopted three beautiful children. My hobbies include racquetball, boating, watching baseball, and traveling with my family.

Why I am a Mormon

While growing up in northern UT with my immediate family I had no exposure to any faith or religious practice in the home. It wasn't until I had the opportunities to visit a few different churches and spend time in the homes of friends of different faiths when I began to notice there was something missing from my life. I always felt welcomed and never pressured around my Mormon friends and I noticed their parents always seemed so happy. It was in their homes where I first learned of Jesus Christ and my Heavenly Father and how to pray and communicate with them. During my second year in High School I started attending LDS Seminary as a non-member and that's when I realized that having faith in Jesus Christ and his plan was truly something I wanted to pursue. I graduated from LDS seminary and took my first set of missionary discussions near the end of my senior year. While attending two years a state college I met by best friend and soon to be wife. After moving to Arizona I took my second set of missionary discussions and realized I had no more excuses for not being baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Days Saints After baptism I began to experience for myself what it was that truly made people of this faith so happy, it knew who I am, where I came from and what my purpose was throughout my life on earth. I began to see the importance of family, healthy habits and the joy of serving others. I realized for the first time that my time here on earth is only temporary and through the blessings available to me as a faithful member of the church I could be with my family forever. I grew to appreciate the care and love expressed by members of the church to everyone including those not of our faith. That quality was very meaningful to me because I came from the other side and always felt welcome and respected. I love the gospel and all that it teaches me and my family. I wouldn't have it any other way.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by doing my very best to set a good example for my family, coworkers and neighbor just as members of the Mormon faith were to me for as long as I can remember. I enjoy seeing my children grow in the church and appreciate all it has to offer. I love the fact they are learning life skills and building strong moral values and a greater understanding of Jesus Christ’s life and sacrifice for all of us. I'm very fortunate to have had several great callings in the church including teaching youth. I'm serving as the Ward executive secretary and have the privilege of working with the Bishop and his counselors to serve nearly 500 members. I hope somewhere in my past or future I am able to help others see the blessings and true happiness of the Mormon church and how it can build, guide, strengthen and protect the family unit.