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Hi I'm Dean Bjornestad

I grew up on a small farm in Wyoming. I am a family guy with 5 children and work in information technology and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up on a small homestead back in the 50’s. Our home was built before electricity and we did not get an indoor bathroom until I got older. I loved to explore the badlands with my dog. I grew up in family where my Mom was a member of the Mormon Church and my Dad was not. So I always felt that I had choices about what to believe. I married the girl of my dreams and she is still my best friend. Our family would grow from two to seven over the next ten years. Every day was an adventure and our children seem to change overnight from toddlers to the parents of our grandchildren. I have worked as an IT professional for the last 24 years. I love to tease everyone. It gets me in trouble sometimes, but if I can lighten someone’s day it is all worth it. I still love the outdoors and I always have a camera in my hands to record life as I see it. I have climbed to the top of Mount Rainier and floated in the Dead Sea. I love sports and used basketball for fun and exercise until they removed my hips at 50. I am greatly blessed, as I travel down the road of my life with all of its ups and downs. I must say that happiness has far outweighed any small moments of unhappiness. In many ways I would not stand out in any crowd. But in one way I do, I know that I am a child of God and he loves me and that gives me a confidence in life that turns a black and white world into a rainbow of colors that I get to view and enjoy every day.

Why I am a Mormon

To explain why am a Mormon is difficult in just a few words, I must start by saying I am not a blind follower of anything or anyone on earth. The more I learn the more I am humbled and realize my need to study harder. Christ said that the truth will make you free. I love my freedom and want to make sure that the foundation that I stand on is based completely on truth. I believe that is why Christ taught that we should judge things by their fruits. If the fruit is good then it is of him. We are told that faith precedes the miracle and miracles follow those who believe. I have reached out to the Savior and he has reached back and led me to the truth and he opened the windows of heaven for me and my family with unending blessings and miracles. I believe in latter day revelation though the Holy Ghost. I have felt his spirit and he has testified to me. That the gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored to the earth though Joseph Smith, a latter day prophet like Moses of old. Joseph Smith was once asked how he led the members of the church and he said “I teach them correct principles and they govern themselves.” We are taught that the agency of man is sacred. Man is that he might of joy and I have found a true foundation that has given me joy and happiness throughout my life. If the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were made into a giant zigzag puzzle every piece fits once you find where it goes. Then the picture begins to take shape and then our life begins to have real meaning, with purpose and joy. I would never testify of something this important and wonderful if I did not know it was true. Therefore I am a Mormon because I know that the teachings of this gospel are from God and his son Jesus Christ. Because I know these things are true I have been able to find true joy that was promised by Christ. Just like the ultimate zigzag puzzle I continue to find new pieces of truth that fit perfectly in God’s plan for me and my family.

How I live my faith

I have always had a good sense of direction and always seem to be able to find my way back to where I started. Whether I am walking down a street or mountain trail I have a sense of which way is which. I have noticed that I take mental pictures of skylines and anything out the ordinary that I could mark that spot. These mental pictures were like bread crumbs that would lead me back. Then I would put together a bird’s eye view of where I had been and where I was going. So if I find myself lost which is very rare, I look for bread crumbs and knowing that I am not far off. I look for a mistake in my minds map and correct my course and return to my starting point. I use these same methods to find my way spiritually. I have lost my way at times but not because I was lost but I tried another path that would not lead me home. Jesus Christ showed me the way and set the perfect example. The scriptures are my spiritual bread crumbs and my spiritual sense of direction comes from the Holy Ghost. So I am only lost when I choose to stray from the Lord. I still have to walk up the trail by myself but I am never alone. I owe Jesus Christ so much more than I have words. Not only am I comforted and loved, I find joy in every day. He has answered every prayer, not always in a way my selfish and inpatient mind would have liked. Yet he is always at the door ready to help me one more time. He paid for my sins and he keeps forgiving me over and over if I repent. Worldly concerns seem to keep pulling me away and he loves me enough to keep pulling me back. I really want to be like him in thought and deed but the road is long and hard. I still have that good sense of direction and it has never failed me while I stayed on the right path. I know it is hard to understand how I could know that I am on the right path in a world with so many false paths. But I do testify that I know that I am. I am a follower of Jesus Christ and he is my savior and he truly lights my way forward.