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Hi I'm Dale

I was born in Scotland, raised in England and am now a Professor of Cyber Security in the USA. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Inverness, Scotland a little over 30 years ago. At age 5 my family and I moved to England where I was raised. I started working in IT at age 14 as a part-time systems administrator and left on an LDS mission to France at 19. Returning two years later I moved to Canterbury and began studying Computer Systems Engineering where I met my wife Alison and her two young boys. Alison and I have now been married for 11 years and have a total of five children between the ages of 1 and 20. At 24 I began studying for my PhD in Biometrics and worked as a lead architect for secure satellite communications ground systems. Two years ago we emigrated to the USA where I teach and research Cyber Security in the BYU Information Technology program.

Why I am a Mormon

Because I believe? Is that too cheesy? It just all fits. I love science, space, technology and nature. The Gospel connects all of it in a way that's simple, complete and natural. It uplifts me and my family, and gives us something to strive for. It turns the bad into good and the good into better. It helps me to personally accept the Lord Jesus Christ as my Saviour and integrate Him and His teachings into my life. Although I don't always succeed, this helps me to always look forward and improve.

How I live my faith

I am currently an Assistant Stake Clerk for statistics. This means I gather information on things like home-teaching and attendance from several local church units and prepare reports for our leadership. Although initially this might seem like a 'numbers not people' type role, that couldn't be further from the truth. I'm also a home-teacher - which means I visit with a few member families each month in their home. We share a message, and look for ways to help each individual or family. Whether it be weeding, a home project, sharing a thought on a specific topic or helping a child with an upcoming test. One of the great things I've always found, is that although giving time is a sacrifice, I always come back feeling uplifted, happy and full of gratitude. That's the miracle of selfless service.