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Hi I'm Del

I grew up in Southern California, am the father of six children and consider myself a handyman around house. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I enjoyed the marching band in high school and was the drum major my senior year. A year after high school I served a two year church mission in Indiana, USA, came home, married and earned a bachelors degree in Business Administration. My favorite hobby is trailer camping with my family and friends in the great outdoors. Next, I'm a do-it-your-selfer at home. If I can fix something or make it better, I will before looking for outside help. I am happily married, the father of six children (four girls and two boys), grand parent of four so far. Life is good! My education and career opportunities led me working in business and technology primarily in financial services. More specifically, the industry I am in processes credit and debit card transactions for merchants. This keeps me busy, is very interesting and is dynamically changing all the time.

Why I am a Mormon

Both my parents joined the church in their late teens or early twenties. I was raised in the church from birth. I firmly believe that one can get along by the faith and teachings of others, especially the good influence of parents, for a time. However, there will be a time in life where one must come to his or her own conclusions and build their own faith and light. Such was the case with me. I never doubted the faith. When sharing the gospel message with a friend who was not a member of the church, I was challenged by that friend. How do I know for sure? I decided at that time I must know for myself. This was the year just after I graduated from high school. I decided I must know for myself if the teachings are true. The Book of Mormon is the key. I read from its pages daily for many days during the time I had available. I prayed before and after my reading time asking for guidance and to know for sure if it was true. There is a significant passage of scripture that tells of Jesus visiting the people in the Americas shortly after his resurrection. During his visit He blessed the sick and afflicted much like he did in the old world. He also blessed all the children, one by one and as he did so, there was a wonderful heavenly experience for these people. This outpouring of His love so touched me that I knew at that moment that the Book of Mormon is true. This feeling and confirmation of the Holy Spirit was a big turning point in my life. Because the Book of Mormon is true, I can and do know that all of the other teachings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are true as well. It brings me peace and happiness and gives me strength to get through the challenges that life brings along my way. From that time forward I have been more than committed to my faith. That is why I'm a Mormon. I

How I live my faith

For many years I have been trusted with leadership opportunities in the church. This is a great way to serve others and is key to how I live my faith. I currently serve our local bishop as one of his counselors. We call this a bishopric and are responsible for the spiritual and physical welfare of a congregation. I conduct worship services and have opportunity to teach our youth. I have the unique opportunity to serve, teach and counsel others. One of my responsibilities is to assist with organizing activities for our congregation. This was most rewarding recently. With the help of others, I organized a camp out in the high country of northern Arizona, a beautiful spot by a lake. We had almost 100 people come, all of which said they want to do the entire activity again next year. Our bishop took the opportunity to teach the attending members about the beautiful world around us and the purpose of the creation of the earth. Seeing the stars that night before bed caused us to set our sights towards heaven, a great gospel message. Much of how I live my faith is through the example I try to set in the home with my family and every day life, like at the office. Living gospel principles bring unity, happiness and good friends. Simple things like greeting people with a smile and being interested in them goes a long way to make friends, friends that eventually ask about why I am who I am. Then I have a great story to tell about the gospel and God's plan for us.