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Hi I'm Dale Tharp

I found the church at 19 and it changed my life.

About Me

I was born in 1945. I have one older brother and one younger brother. At 11 years old my father died, and my mother raised us. At 19 I found the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and became a member. I was drafted into the military service during the Vietnam war, and served two years in the US Navy as a communications technician. After I served a mission for the LDS church in the northern Indian mission which covered all of the Indian reservations in South and North Dakota, Minnesota, Wyoming, Montana and Nebraska. On March 25, 1972 I married Dori Ann Sessions in the Los Angles Temple. We have 8 children, 5 boys and 3 girls. I have owned a wrecking yard, a soap business that made amenities for hotels, and a vitamin factory. In 2005 the doctor diagnosed me with malignant melanoma, and gave me on one year to live. I did not go back to the doctor. I went to Optimum Health Institute in Lemon Grove California by San Diego. I learned how to eat raw organic vegetables, meditate, use wheat grass juice, and eliminate stress from my life. I lost 65 pounds, and people that hadn't seem me for awhile did not recognize me. I would explain to them that as great as the physical change was, the emotional change was even greater. It took three years for me to overcome the cancer. Today I am healthy, I have no pains in my body, and my wife and I are going on a mission to Lima Peru. I have helped many people overcome their cancer. Each day is a blessing.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was 19 I met a young married couple that had a baby, and when I went into their home I felt a feeling that was wonderful. I asked them how could I have that feeling in my home when I got married, and they told me that I needed to take the missionary lessons. The first missionary lesson, the missionaries told me about Joseph Smith being a prophet of God and the Book of Mormon being a record of God's dealings with the people here in America. They told me that if I read some of the Book of Mormon and then prayed about it and asked God if Joseph Smith was a prophet that I would get an answer. Then they taught me how to pray. I had never prayed before or read anything in the Bible, or ever gone to church. I went home and read a few paragraphs in the Book of Mormon. I was not a very good reader, and it took a long time. I knelt down next to my bed, and asked my Heavenly Father if Joseph Smith was a prophet and if the Book of Mormon was the word of God. After my prayer, I heard a voice and it said, 'Dale, if you deny what the missionaries are teaching you, you are denying the truth.' When I had the next lesson with the missionaries I told them what had happened, and they said I needed to be baptized. I asked them what was baptism, and they explained it to me. I learned many more things and I knew I needed to change my life because God had answered my prayer. My life has been filled with countless miracles.

How I live my faith

I have many different jobs in the church some positions of leadership, but what I have been doing the last four years has been the best. My wife and I have been members of the Spanish branch for the last four years. I have been the boy scout master and worked with the youth. I have never worked with finer boys that had more potential than these young men. All of them are courteous, kind and help one another.