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Hi I'm Dean

I grew up in the United States, in Idaho and California. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Honolulu Hawaii, during which time my father was serving and stationed there as a fighter pilot in the United States Navy. It was also here while in Hawaii, that our family of six children, two girls and four boys were sealed to our parents forever in the Hawaiian Temple. Two more boys were added to our family over the following years, and I basically grew up in southern and northern California, in the bay area. Today, over thirty years after serving the Lord on an LDS (Mormon) Mission in Philadelphia PA, marrying my sweetheart in the Idaho Falls Temple, and having four children of my own, three boys and one girl, I practice medicine as a Physician Assistant in a family practice clinic in southeast Idaho. I love to read spiritual books of scripture such as, the Book of Mormon, the Bible, Old and New Testaments, The Doctrine and Covenants, Pearl Of Great Price, and doctrinal books, written by LDS (Mormon) authors. I am a Scouter with BSA, and thoroughly enjoy working with Boy Scouts. I also enjoy playing and watching sports events such as, basketball, football, baseball, and most others. Finally, I had the privilege of serving my Country as a corpsmen and E.M.T., for eight years in the United States Air Force.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was born into a mormon family and faith, and had the wonderful influence of parents and siblings in my life, I discovered in my youth that I had to obtain a testimony of my own. I was in my nineteenth year when I decided it was time I put Moroni's promise in Moroni 10: 3-5 to the test. Verses 4 & 5 say, "And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true: and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost. And by the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things". In addition, I committed to myself and God, that if I wanted to know the Book Of Mormon is true, I had to become familiar with it, read it, and pray to Him and ask Him if it was true. I began reading the Book Of Mormon one Saturday evening, praying and pondering as I did so. I found that as I read, I could not put it down, but felt an incredible excitement about what I was reading. All through the night I read, prayed, and pondered upon the things contained in this marvelous book. When I closed the back cover the following morning, I knelt down and prayed to God, asking, pleading, imploring of Him to know of a surety, that this book is indeed a book of scripture, written by prophets anciently here on the american continent. I had the most marvelous feeling of surety come into my heart, and the Spirit testified to me deep into my heart and soul that the Book Of Mormon is true. Soon thereafter, I served a mission for the Mormon Church, testifying and teaching about the Book Of Mormon, that just as Christ set up his church with Prophets and Apostles anciently, he has done so in our day as well, through the Prophet Joseph Smith. So, if the Book Of Mormon is true, which it is, then Joseph Smith is and was a Prophet, and the Mormon Church is true.

How I live my faith

I serve as a counselor in a young men's organization in the Mormon Church. I have the privilege of working with young men, and particularly their leaders in helping them to teach these young men things like, their duty to God, which teaches principles of being faithful, obedient, and righteous in the sight of God throughout their lives, thus preparing these young men to serve God as missionaries throughout the world. This program goes hand in hand with, and is closely related to the Scouting program of the Boy Scouts Of America. I also represent the Lord in visiting four families in our local congregation, a responsibility called home teaching, I go out with a young man who is sixteen years old, and we present a short message, check on their welfare, and meet any needs they may have. This visit traditionally lasts twenty to thirty minutes.