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Hi I'm Del Ellsworth

I am a retired College Professor, a Psychologist, and father of six, taking on projects to serve my community.

About Me

Since retiring 10 years ago, my wife and I have spent two years in the South Pacific training high school teachers, 18 months in South America managing student loans to college students, 18 months in Washington, D.C., managing a dormatory for college-student interns, and a year in England teaching college. Interspersed among these projects are recreational travel and including visiting our six grown children. I play racquetball, exercise, read, and serve on several community boards.

Why I am a Mormon

A Mormon maxim is "When ye are in the service of your fellow beings, ye are only in the service of your God." The maxim defines this principle as wisdom, for sevice leads to... "a mighty change in us, or in our hearts, that we have no more disposition to do evil, but to do good continually." In short, it feels good and it also feels good to be around other people who find it feels good

How I live my faith

Most the post-retirement projects I've worked on have been as a volunteer for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Thus, I live my faith by serving other people. The teachers we trained in the South Pacific taught at a Mormon High School and five Mormon Middle Schools. The teachers we trained got college credit from the Brigham Young University in Hawaii and many of the high school students they taught later attended Birgham Young University in Hawaii, paying their college expense by performing their native dances and music at the nearby Church-owned Polynesian Cultural Center. The Church put the pieces together, our small piece helped complete the picture. In South America, we processed applications for 1,500 student loans. The students could attend college in their own country, in their own language, at a fraction the cost required in North America. Private donors from North America gladly contributed to this cost-effective program; as volunteers we helped make it cost-effective. The same applied to managing the dormatory for college interns in Washington, D.C., where housing is much more expensive than students pay at Brigham Young University or Utah. Our volunteering helped keep housing costs down and, therefore, opportunities up for college students here in the United States.