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Hi I'm Dean

I'm from a family of 12 with a twin brother, I'm a Husband, Father of 4 with a set of twins, I work in Finance and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

The best things in my life are my wife and kids; my favorite part of the day is coming home from work to their hugs & squeals. We enjoy walks in the woods searching for imaginary lost treasure, trips to the beach or the mountains or playing games and eating popcorn. My wife & I enjoy the outdoors, camping, fishing & backpacking. We love scuba-diving, mostly when the water is warm and clear. My wife & I grew up in the same town and even attended the same High School, but didn’t meet until college, I'm a bit older. She’s the best thing that ever happened to me; she covers for all my deficiencies and loves me in spite of them. I enjoy being a twin with twins, it was inevitable really; both my Grandmother and Grandfather were twins. It’s fun to see my kids interact with each other while getting into mischief; reminds me of my own childhood. My twin and I always got a kick out of switching seats at school to see if the teacher would notice, they never did. We aren't identical but we could still trick people. In a High School assembly we showed how to dress for the Toga Dance; I stood behind a screen on stage dressed in a toga and as my brother, dressed normally, walked across the stage & behind the screen I walked out the other side in my toga to the surprise of the whole audience. My twin brother & I have remained close all our lives; most recently working to rebuild the family ranch and start a non-profit camp for families with developmentally disabled children.

Why I am a Mormon

I have always believed that my family was meant to stay together forever. Some of my fondest memories as a child were spending time with my family. I was especially close to my father with whom I would spend hours working, talking, imagining and planning for the future. He was a visionary and a serial optimist a trait which was inspiring and contagious. My father died when I was 20 and I was devastated for my loss and beside myself with grief, but the one comfort I found was the understanding that we would be together again after this life. These are some of the principles that are taught and practiced in the gospel. Families are so essential to God’s plan, not just during this life, but forever and every effort is to be employed to strengthen and build lasting family bonds. The older I get, with children of my own, the more I realize how comforting and powerful those principles are. I feel the love of God through my family and I know I want to do everything I can to make sure we are together forever. I learn not only how to be a better husband and father here and now, but how to ensure the relationships we develope here won't just end when this life is over.

How I live my faith

Living my faith to me means that I'm trying to improve myself and give to others at the same time. One of my responsibilities is to help members of the congregation to be more self-reliant in all kinds of situations including disaster preparedness, storing water & food and being wise with finances. This has been a rewarding experience learning new ways to think about preparing for the future. As a 12 year old boy I recall a significant flood in our area that forced our family to evacuate our home, washed away much of our pasture and threatened to erode away the hill on which our home stood. We had prepared with food storage and emergency supplies, but we weren’t really prepared for a flood. It forced us to think of things we had missed in our preparations. It was on a Sunday morning when the Bishop dismissed church early and asked all the men and boys to go home, change into our work clothes and help sandbag the creek that was flooding our place and our neighbors. There we were, dozens of men & boys, shoulder to shoulder re-directing the flow of the flood to save several homes from being destroyed. I believe this is what Christ would do, and what he would have us do in that situation. He wants us to be prepared, then when we have done all we can for ourselves; he sends our friends and neighbors to close the gap. I hope that we can inspire a few friends and neighbors to think ahead carefully and prepare, so that in a situation of need, we will be of better assistance to others.