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Hi I'm Dickson

I grew up in Eastern Oregon and in my early 20's, worked as a logger. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I have been in the wood products industry most of my working life. I began as a logger in Eastern Oregon and have traveled the west as a lumber buyer. I love to golf and work on my 1965 Pontiac GTO that I am rebuilding.

Why I am a Mormon

I was totally inactive in the Mormon Church up until I was 23 years old. I was working as a logger and we were living in the woods camp. My first wife was not a member and she passed away from systemic lupus in 1966. I wanted to know the true meaning of life and was given a Book of Mormon by some men from the Church that visited my wife and I before she passed away. I asked God to let my wife come to see me and tell me she was in a good place. He answered my prayer with a verse in the Book of Mormon. It says " : ”And now, I, Moroni, would speak somewhat concerning these things; I would show unto the world that faith is things which are hoped for and not seen; wherefore, dispute not because ye see not, for ye receive no witness until after the trial of your faith.” When I read the verse a powerful feeling came over me and I knew from a source beyond this world that God had answered my prayer. It was not the answer I wanted, but I knew it came from Him. I got down on my knees and thanked Him for His answer. I knew that God was aware of me and my broken heart and that He knew me personally. God had answered my prayer through the Book of Mormon, and so I knew that the Book of Mormon was true! Why was God so good to me? I had ignored Him for many years. I moved to John Day and began attending the small branch of the church there. I gave up smoking and drinking. That little branch of saints took me in like a long lost son. I was advanced in the Aaronic Priestood then on Nov. 6,1966 I received the Melchizedek Priesthood. My wife and I were sealed in the SLC Temple on Jan. 3,1967. A few days later I entered the Missionary Training Center to prepare to serve a mission in Australia for two years. I sold everything I owned to support myself while in Australia. I remarried in 1970 to a beautiful brown eyed girl. I was ordained a Bishop at the age of 60. My current wife and I have 4 children and 16 grandchildren. We served a mission in Independence, Mo.

How I live my faith

I am trying real hard to learn to love all people, even those who persecute me and my faith. I try to see the good in others that I believe God sees in them. I was a scoutmaster for a while and it was a challenge but well worth my time. I serve in the Church when ever I am asked to. It gives me the chance to get to know a lot of people and see their goodness.