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Hi I'm Dale

I am happily married with two kids and I'm a die-hard Chicago Cubs fan. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in the Chicago suburbs. After graduating college I spent four years working in public affairs in the Army serving in Texas and Germany. When I returned to the States I went back to school to get my Masters in Public Administration. Since graduating more than 20 years ago I have served in five communities spending most of this time working in Texas. I met my wife-to-be after we interviewed for the same job and they hired both of us. Lucky me. I didn't get married until I was 33 years old and we were blessed with our first child when I turned 40. We now have a girl and a boy and they are the joy of our lives. I enjoy spending time with my wife, playing games with my kids (including tickle monster), and reading;. I am also a die-hard Chicago Cubs fan; when, not if, they win the World Series I'm sure I will break down and cry like a baby.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a convert to the Church. I was raised a Lutheran. One day someone gave me a Book of Mormon and I began to investigate the Church. I wasn't really searching for anything when I was given the Book of Mormom and wasn't very impressed after reading the introduction. However, I quickly got to the point where I really just wanted to know if it was true. Although I did not know at the time whether the Church was true, I did believe in the Holy Ghost and knew if this was really the Lord's Church that the Holy Ghost would let me know. I looked at just about everyhting I could get my hands on - both pro- and anti-Mormon materials. I took a balanced approach and was not predisposed in either direction. I simply wanted to know if this Church was true. The challenge I had to overcome was trying to rely too heavily on my analytical abilities. While I prayed throughout my five month conversion process, it wasn't until the latter months that I was willing to really rely on the Spirit. A few things that made an impression upon me as I investigated the Church: * At some point I decided to donate 10 percent of my income - not necessarily to the Church, but I knew we were commanded to tithe. The very next day I went into work and unexpectedly my boss came up to me and told me I was getting a pay increase when I was not being considered for one The increase was 10 percent and 10 percent on the pay increase. * I realized that there are discrepencies between the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Bible. As a result of this I could see where changes had been made, both intentionally and unintentionally, to the Bible over the years. * One day completely unexpectedly I heard an inaudible voice stating that, "If I had prophets in Biblical times I will have them today." Although inaudible it could have just as easily been audible the way the words spoke to my heart. I have had many spiritual experiences over the years that have confirmed the truthfulness of the Church.

How I live my faith

Throughout my time in the Church I have held many positions serving in everything from leadership positions to helping in the nursery. They have all been fulfilling in their own respect. The Lord gives us an opportunity to serve others, to help us grow, or both. I study scriptures on a daily basis and this helps me immensely to focus on what is really important in life. It can be so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life and studying scriptures daily helps keep me on track. It is often during these quiet times each day that I feel impressions of the Spirit - sometimes I am taught something new while other times I receive confirmation of something. Additionally, we read scriptures as a family most nights and have family prayer. This has not only helped draw our family closer together, but I think having our children read scriptures has contributed to them being some of the best readers in their respective classes. We attend Church every Sunday and partake of the Sacrament which reminds us of the sacrifices made on our behalf by our Savior Jesus Christ. We are sinners just like everyone else, but also know that if we repent and strive to be more like Jesus that we are forgiven for our sins. I cannot imagine raising my children outside of the Church. The Church is an integral part of our lives. It gives me a sense of purpose. I now know the Lord's plan and that we have the opportunity to be with our family in eternity if we live righteously here on earth. I am a Mormon and am grateful for my testimony and the many blessings my family and I have received as a result fo living our faith.