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Hi I'm Dee Holman

I was born in Montrose Colorado. I grew up on a ranch, raised livestock and farming. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Colorado and as Nephi, was born of goodly parents. As a family we didn't attend church very often, but my parents taught us to pray and to believe in God. One reason we were not very active was because we lived on a ranch that was several miles from a church building. Dad and Mom moved from Fountain Green Utah in 1940 to Colorado. My Dad had five brothers and they also moved with their families, all to raise sheep. My uncle was one of the first branch presidents in the new area in Colorado and the six families were some of the first members of the church. Now there are four wards, a branch, a new Chapel recently built and a Stake Center. The church is growing. I'm now married with two grown children and eight grandchildren. I enjoy riding horses, camping, fishing, hunting and being in the mountains.

Why I am a Mormon

We moved back to Montrose when I was ten years old. Still very shy and not knowing many people. I struggled through grade school and middle school. When I got to high school I started running with the wrong crowds. I started drinking. It helped with the shyness. This is also when I started riding bulls, rodeoing and living a very dangerous life. I've broken 27 bones in my life from many accidents. I got married when I was 18 years old and my wife was 17. Way to young. A year later we had our first child, a boy and 13 months later our daughter. My wife was not a member of the church. She was a non practicing Catholic. I had been baptized into the church when I was 8 and went to church maybe twice a year. At the age of 27 our family went through some tough times. I thought I might be headed for divorce. My wife and I were still doing things that were not right and not setting a good example for our children. I wanted to change my ways and had tried many times, but couldn't seem to change. My dad always said it was through the Gospel, but I always fought it and tried on my own but it never worked. Finally through study and talking to someone, I found out to change my ways it would take believing in a higher power. I wasn't sure what that meant and I wasn't sure if I believed in God. So I started looking into religions. I talked to many religious leaders of other faiths. My dad kept telling me to give our faith a chance also. I finally gave in and talked to the missionaries. They told me to pray about it . It felt like my prayers were not going anywhere and it wasn't working. They told me to "fake it till I make it". I kept praying day and night and I did receive a testimony. I was a member for 19 years before gaining a Testimony. I've been married for 40 years and sealed in the Temple. Both my children have been married & sealed in the Temple. My dad and mom went back to the Temple also after 35 years. The Gospel changes lives!!

How I live my faith

Some people say it's to hard to live the Gospel, but I know it's easier to live it than not. It is the plan of happiness. I love my family, they are my life. I'm far from perfect but by trying to live the Gospel, I've had many spiritual experiences. Recently I was reading in the Ensign magazine and I read a poem. I thought how great it would be to have that talent. Then just a few nights later I was lying in bed thinking of a time when I was riding in the mountains and had a wonderful experience. As I was pondering this experience things started running through my head. I thought I had better get up & start writing or by morning it would be forgotten.This is what I wrote & this sums up how I try to live my life, As I ride the trails on high, I look up at God’s beautiful sky. I ponder the Saviors example he set, And wonder, am I ready to meet Him yet? I ponder my behavior, And feel “No, I’m not ready to meet the Savior” As I step from my horse, I find a clear course. I make my way thru the aspen trees, And there I kneel on trembling knees. I look up at the blue sky, plead with my Father on high. I tell Him my heartaches, Would He forgive me for my mistakes? It was as if He had opened a door, And said these words, “I remember them no more”. Now I feel a cool breeze, Make its way through the aspen trees. On my face coolness brushes by, I know in my heart He has heard me from on high. That is why the Savior was sent, So we could acknowledge our sins and repent. As I arise, I feel Peace in my heart, And take my first step to a new start. Now, as I ride these trails on high, The Savior has wiped all my tears dry. I know the Church is true beyond any doubt, I know that my Savior lives, He died for my sins & we have Prophets on the earth today. The cool thing about it is we don't have to take anyones word for it, we can receive an answer for ourselves. I have received that answer many times. I'm so thankful for the Gospel, I feel it has saved my life. .