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Hi I'm Dean

I'm a Mormon. I joined the church in Sunderland, United Kingdom, when I was 18. It can bring such happiness. Find out how.

About Me

My name is Dean and I live in Northumberland, in England. I am the proud parent of two wonderful children. I currently work as a learning support assistant at the Duchess High School in Alnwick. Previous to this I served in the Northumbria Police. I enjoy watching most sports, especially football. I am a season ticket holder at Sunderland Football Club. I grew up in Sunderland. My parents and older sister, Janice, have passed away. I have one living sister.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were not members of the Mormon faith, but they took me to Sunday school at our local Church of England when I was small and that instilled in me a belief in Jesus Christ. I was introduced to the Mormon church through a very good friend when I was 14 years old. If I'm honest, it was the social side that I was attracted to initially. There were many young people in the church and they had regular activities and dances and I met so many good people with good standards. As the years went by I learned about the teachings of the church and when I was 18 I made the decision to be baptised. I believed that the church was true, in the sense that it answered all the questions I had about 'where I came from, why I'm here, and what comes after death'. As time has passed I have had many answers to prayers and I now have a firm testimony that the church provides with me everything I need to return to my Father in heaven when my mortal time here on the earth comes to an end. The church teaches of the 'Plan of Salvation' which gives me the assurance that I will see my parents and sister again and that we will all be reunited as an eternal family. I have the chance to have my children with me throughout the eternities and that is the greatest blessing that I could possibly imagine. All this has been made possible through Jesus Christ's sacrifice when he paid the price for my sins on the cross and gave me the opportunity to repent of my sins and try to be a little better each day. Through the Saviour's atonement He understands everything that I go through and can empathise completely. We are never alone because He loves us so very much.

How I live my faith

I try to live by example. Most people in my community and workplace know I am a Mormon. I am proud of my testimony and will never be ashamed of my Saviour Jesus Christ. I have served in many area's of the church and currently teach a Sunday school class to new members and those who are just learning about the church. I enjoy working with young people, both in and out of the church, and can see the potential of those who are just starting out on this journey of life. They need every opportunity to achieve success on all that they do. Investing a little time in them in their youth can pay great dividends as they grow and mature. If I can share my beliefs with anyone, then I feel I have a responsibility to give others the opportunity to find the happiness that I have.

Why is family so important to Mormons?

When our mortal life is over and we move into the spirit world and on into the eternities, the only thing we will take is ourselves and our families. It won't matter how big a house or car we had, how successful we were in our jobs, how much money we have in our bank accounts. The most important thing we can do on the earth is invest time and effort in our families. This will bring us such happiness, and eventually a fullness of joy in the nest life. Show more Show less