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Hi I'm Dale

I'm a retired educator and district technology supervisor. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a retired educator. I spent 12 years teaching, math, science, and computer science at the junior high and high school levels prior to serving as the district technology supervisor for 23 years. I recently retired to devote more time to my family and the Lord. My wife and I are the parents of eight wonderful children and a growing number of grandchildren whom we adore. I enjoy singing, gardening, running and spending time with my wife. I like to shovel snow and enjoy helping those who can't do it very easily themselves. I served a mission in France and my wife and I are working to become proficient in the French language. I have a passion for family history, especially the stories, letters, photos, and journals that my ancestors recorded. I love writing about my own life and have kept a personal journal since 1977. My current effort is to make these historical documents and artifacts about me and my ancestors available online to all family members.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I have received and continue to receive the confirmation from the Holy Ghost that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the true church of Jesus Christ. I know that Joseph Smith saw Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, and other Heavenly messengers and that through him the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ was restored. I know that Joseph Smith translated an ancient record written on gold plates that is titled The Book of Mormon and I know that it is true. I know that priesthood keys were restored to Joseph Smith by those who held them previously and that our prophet today holds all of these keys. I know that among these keys is the sealing power to bind in heaven what is bound on earth. Thanks to this precious power, my wife and I have been sealed as husband and wife for time and for eternity. Our children have been sealed to us and we have been sealed to our parents as they have been to theirs. The church teaches that the family is the most important unit of society and thanks to the sealing power exercised in holy temples our families, my wife's and mine, are sealed from generation to generation as far back as we can discover. I love my ancestors, the sacrifices they made for me, and the examples they set for me through their devotion to the Lord. I am so grateful that Heavenly Father has seen fit to restore the fullness of the priesthood so that we are able to be linked eternally as a family.

How I live my faith

I try to put the Lord first in my life. I begin and end each day with personal prayer, with additional prayers throughout the day to thank Him for guidance, direction, and blessings; and to seek help in solving problems that arise and to understand what he would have me do. I read the Book of Mormon every day. It is my favorite book and it has allowed me to develop a personal relationship with my Savior, Jesus Christ. I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God and it brings me close to Him. I read the church magazines. I strive to lead my family in righteousness with my wife as my partner. We hold Family Home Evening each Monday night, we read the scriptures together as a family, we attend church together each week, we keep the Sabbath Day holy, we serve together, and we have fun together. I accept and fulfill church assignments and I am so grateful for the opportunities I have had to be a worker in the church and a leader. I serve in the temple regularly with my wife, which brings us closer together as a couple and closer to the Lord. I look for opportunities to serve others. In all of my dealings I try to treat people with respect and I try to apologize quickly and ask forgiveness when I make a mistake. I try to follow the Savior's example in my dealings with others. I strive to fill my time with wholesome and uplifting things, avoiding inappropriate media and interactions. I sing church songs that I have memorized to help me keep my mind focused on Christ, to remind me that I am a child of God, and to feel Heavenly Father's love for me.

What is the difference between attending church and the temple?

Dale
We attend church each Sunday to partake of the sacrament and to help one another learn more about the gospel of Jesus Christ and renew our commitment to come unto Christ and become like him. Temple attendance is reserved for members of the church who qualify for entrance by abiding by the commandments we have been given. In the temple we make additional commitments to live as Heavenly Father would have us do and we receive sacred ordinances essential for exaltation, including being married for time and for all eternity. Once we have received our own temple ordinances we return to the temple to provide these same blessings to our deceased ancestors who were unable to receive them for themselves while they were alive. Show more Show less