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Hi I'm Dale

I am an engineer, with a love of learning both history and science

About Me

I am an engineer with interests in history, math and science. My family and I enjoy living in Texas, especially with its diversity of people. For the most part, we have been warmly welcomed wherever we've gone. On a few occasions I've met with sincere people who have tried to tell me what I believe without every asking me what it is that I believe. They seem to be repeating what they have heard other say and sometimes resist clarification. I am hopeful that this site will help address any misunderstandings in a gentle and respectful way.

Why I am a Mormon

It seems to me that if God created the universe including this earth and all of its inhabitance, then any plan of salvation authored by God must be universal and its laws must be as consistent as the laws of the universe. Creator and author being one and the same being. After considering various religions, I find that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints presents God's plan of salvation in the most complete and consistent way of any I've been exposed to. Jesus Christ suffered and died for "all" mankind, therefore, His gospel is truly for all people, each and every person, no matter when or where they were or will be born. This is demonstrated by the following, 1: The Book of Mormon proves that Jesus Christ is the only God who was worshiped on both the Eastern and Western hemispheres for thousands of years in the same way and by the same name. Thus, the Book of Mormon is truly a second witness with the Bible that Jesus Christ is our Savior and Redeemer, the only means and/or name by which we can be saved in the kingdom of heaven. 2. Even after this, the vast majority of God's children who have lived and yet live upon this earth appear not to have had a full opportunity to hear and live the Gospel of Jesus Christ while in mortality. But with the restoration of God's priesthood power to bind on earth and seal in heaven, everyone now has an opportunity to perform all gospel ordinances either in person themselves or vicariously, through others, in sacred temples. 3. God answers sincere prayer. I have read and prayed to know if the Book of Mormon is true. I have received a spiritual witness that it is true. By praying anyone may know for themselves. Thus, the gospel plan provides everyone who has or will be born the same opportunity to obey all God's commandments, if they choose to do so. The rules are the same for all, no matter when or where they live, showing that God is no respecter of persons and that He loves each and every one of His children.

How I live my faith

Like all of us imperfect humans, I must constantly battle the world of distractions to keep an eternal perspective and always remember Jesus Christ's sacrifice for me. Like many Christian's I pray, study the scriptures and attend church regularly. I am trying to be more consistent in planning my day answering the question "What would Jesus have me do today?" The answer is to serve others, so I plan looking for opportunities to serve my family, at church, at work and in my community. I then add these ideas to my "to do" list. If I am prayerful and ponder for a minute, usually a name comes to mind with an idea of something to do. I try to do for others what I would have others do for me or my family. I am also trying to be more consistently grateful to others and to my God. I am trying to express gratitude more often to others for their kindness to me and I am keeping a 'Blessing Journal' to record how God and others have blessed me. I try to fulfill my church assignments and be available when called upon to serve. I participate in scouting and as I am able, I volunteer at the local food pantry. I've tried to put my talents to use in creating resources for the needy both locally and for third world communities. My faith is to try to follow Jesus' example by serving others, expressing gratitude, avoiding offense, asking for and forgiving others.

Are there restrictions based on race or color concerning who can join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and have the priesthood?

Dale
As an official declaration of the Church states, "every faithful, worthy man in the Church may received the holy priesthood," I would like to add that a fundamental Church doctrine is that all mankind are spirit children of God. Each is personally loved by Heavenly Father. Jesus Christ's atoning sacrifice was made for everyone who has, or every will be born to the family of Adam. No one will be denied any blessing that they are worthy to receive. No matter when or where they have lived. The holy priesthood of God is intended to bless individuals and fam Show more Show less