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Hi I'm Dean

I'm a father of 7 Kids. I'm an engineer. I'm a runner and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

The thing that most shocks people about me is learning that I have 7 kids. Apparently that is pretty unusual today. I am very committed to my wife and my children. They really form the core of my life. I'm 38 and so I'm squarely in the mid-life battle. Somehow I never really expected to be this busy. My kids range in age from teenagers to infants. I started running 10 years ago to feel better and to manage the daily stress of my life I have a degree in Computer Engineering, and I've worked for the same engineering firm for my entire career. I used to try to explain what I do each day but it is pretty hard to explain to those who don't already know so I'll just say I build stuff. I tell my kids that my middle name is "fun". I try to live up to that. I love sports cars and I bought a Lotus Elise. It was awesome fun, but in the end I needed more seats. I jump on the trampoline with the kids. We swim in the summer. I run with my older kids. We do 5K races together regularly My wife is great. She makes my life wonderful. We have been married for more than 15 years. Her favorite movie is The Sound of Music. Little did I know that I would be living that movie now. A few years ago we welcomed our 6th child into our family. It was not until he was born that we learned he has Down Syndrome. This has been difficult for us, both individually and as a family. We are learning to serve him in ways that never would have happened otherwise, but growth is often painful.

Why I am a Mormon

My father died when I was very young and so I grew up in a single parent home. My parents had joined the church when they were young. Our family attend church regularly and we participated in church activities, but most of the time I was left to fend for myself. When I was a teenager my life was very confusing, as I think life often is. I was really worried about the future. I was probably 16 or 17. At the time I had a job as a bus boy at a local restaurant. I was preparing the restaurant to open one morning and I had a few hours to think about the future. My worry and concern drove me to my knees. I prayed to know that everything would be ok. That prayer was answered with an out pouring of love. I knew my Heavenly Father loved me and would make a way for me into the future. Since then I have had many experiences that convince me that Jesus is the Christ and that both He and Heavenly Father love me and are aware of me. All this is not to say that my path through life has been easy, because it has not been.

How I live my faith

I try to always remember to be optimistic. This is not always easy, but the gospel keeps my perspective from becoming too narrow. I believe that it is important for me to attend church every week. It keeps me in touch with my Savior. I strive to do my duty, to myself, to my family and to my God. This makes things like reading the scriptures and praying with my family a priority.