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Hi I'm Dean

I love to write. I love a good road trip. I'm a father and a grandfather. And I am a Mormon.

About Me

I love to write. I do it in my profession. I do it in my spare time. I do it for my family. For the past 39 years, I've been publishing a family newsletter for my parents' family. And I've compiled and published a couple volumes of family history. I also love to travel. Road trips especially. I have been to 46 of the 50 states. One of my goals is to make it to the final four. I have also traveled extensively throughout Brazil, a vast country whose culture and people I dearly love. My greatest satisfaction in life centers in my family. My wife of 40 years is my best friend. We have eight children. And 22 grandchildren.

Why I am a Mormon

Some of my ancestors were among the Mormon pioneers who during the 19th century made the heroic trek across half the continent to the valleys of the American West. I appreciate that heritage and the dynamic faith my forebears had in the Lord Jesus Christ and His restored gospel and their resultant willingness to lay it all on the line for the cause of their Lord and Master. But that heritage aside, I decided while still a teenager that I needed to know for myself. I had to have my own witness that Mormonism was true and the path I needed to follow. After earnest study and prayer, I came to know through the sweet, peaceful whisperings of the Holy Spirit that God lives, that Jesus is my Savior and Redeemer, and that the Book of Mormon is the word of God. It is, along with the Holy Bible, another witness that Jesus is the Christ, the promised Messiah. From many sacred experiences, I learned for myself that the heavens are still open and that God has revealed Himself anew in our time. Joseph Smith was a prophet of God. Through him Christ's gospel was restored in its ancient purity and fullness.

How I live my faith

I have had many opportunities through the years to teach and serve others. Right now I enjoy teaching Sunday School to an adult class in our congregation. Some of my favorite callings in earlier years included the two years I was a missionary in Brazil, the five and a half years I served as a bishop in our local congregation, and an all-too-brief stint teaching nine-year-olds. But the real influence of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ has been in the way I have sought to live my life, trying to be an honest, peaceable, charitable follower of Jesus. His teachings are reflected in the way I treat my family, in the way I deal with others, in the happiness that I feel on a daily basis, in the hope I have of a glorious life hereafter.