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Hi I'm Dale

Mostly I'm a husband / father. I like to do endurance sports: triathlon, cycling, mountaineering. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I live in a mountainous area of Colorado because it is a good place to raise children, enjoy nature and to train for endurance sports. My job in information technology research and advisory allows me to live pretty much anywhere. I have a daughter playing college volleyball in Hawaii, a son serving a mission in Chile, and two other sons attending secondary school and playing basketball. When I'm not working or encouraging my children in school/sports I like to exercise with my wife. Training has been my passion for a very long time. I started running marathons and rock climbing during my high school years and then gravitated to triathlon and mountaineering later on so that I could both climb and race. The two went together pretty well because of the fitness element. It isn't as easy at 50+ as it once was but it sure was fun to race all over the country and to climb mountains in realy interesting places like Alaska, Peru, Bolivia, Kazakhstan, and Ecuador. This is a little bit about me and what I like to do for fun but what really makes me happy is my family. We travel together, play together and work together.

Why I am a Mormon

Because my church has helped me to understand who I am, where I came from and where I am going - all in the eternal sense. When I was introduced to the Church it just made sense to me and it felt right. Later I learned about my Savior and how he is essential to my progression from where I've been to where I'm going. I now understand that to find my way back to God the Father I need to know and follow his Son, Jesus Christ. I have also come to understand that I'm not alone in my quest. God has sent prophets like in days past. They provide much needed guidance and clarity where customs, circumstances and world forces can sometimes blur my path. I have also learned that I can have my family with me forever, not just for this life. Being with my wife and children makes me happy. Being a Mormon makes me happy.

How I live my faith

My faith is such an essential part of me. It drives how I feel about my self and about others. At a young age I learned about service. It felt good so I wanted to serve more. The Lord then called me to be a missionary in the mountains of Guatemala, where I got to teach the Mayan people and hike up to every one of their homes in mountain tops. My faith carried me through college and then business school, where I could learn skills as well apply moral and ethical principles in a business world that has made many compromises in the quest for the dollar. Later as I have been married and had a family I have found that living my faith helps me to become a better father- more patient, more giving and more able to see the big picture of how I need to serve my family as opposed to focusing on my own wants and needs. The Lord has used His church to provide me with various challenges from teaching a class for a few weeks to leading an entire congregation. This has taught me that the worth of souls is great, and that if I can guide myself properly I am in a position to help my family. And even though things don't go perfectly all the time, our family radiates the love of God and we can not only have fun together but can also help and serve others. So from the really big picture things like family relations, being a better employee, and not messing up my body with tobacco, alcohol or street drugs to just trying to be nicer every day, my faith has really helped me to be a better person.

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

Dale
Jesus Christ is the center of our religion. That is why it bears his name. We believe that he is the literal offspring of a heavenly father and a mortal mother just like is statged in the scriptures. While he was on earth he was on an errand from his Father to found His church and to teach eternal truths. Because God loves all of His children He also sent prophets to the Americas so that they could teach the ancient inhabitants about the Christ who would atone for the sins of the whole world. The record ot these people is known as the Book of Mormon. So it is another testament of Jesus Christ, just like the Bible testifies of Christ through the eyes of people in the old world. We also believe that Christ lived a sinless life, which allowed him to give up his life and take it up again as a resurrected person. By doing this, he paved to way so that all of us can be resurrected. And if we follow his teachings we can also live with God the Father again. With the passge in time the Church that Christ founded really struggled after his death. Many of the apostles were killed and there was no prophet to teach the people. Eventually it splintered off in thousands of pieces until Jesus once again restored it to the earth in a more tolerant time when prophets could once again serve as a conduit between Christ and his followers. So Mormons not only believe in Christ and the scriptures but also in prophets who can lead guide people. For me, this has made all the difference. Show more Show less