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Hi I'm Dale

I'm a born and bred, pure blood Arizonan. I'm a tax attorney, father of three, gardener, archer, and scoutmaster. I'm a mormon.

About Me

I am currently a tax attorney at a big four accounting firm. I started law school in Texas a few months after our first child was born. I had never really worked hard at anything so law school was challenging and took me away from my newborn son and wife. I worked hard so I could get a nice job where I didn't have to work 80 hours a week. After finishing the bar exam in Arizona, I got my Tax LLM from Georgetown hoping that I could land a job with the IRS back in Arizona, because I certainly didn't want to return to Texas. The Lord had other plans for me though as every job offer fell through the cracks except the one that wanted to hire me because I went to law school in Texas (my current employer). I've seen great blessings from being back in Texas. We came back to where our friends lived, they have helped us in countless situations and we have grown as a family as we have made our lives here in Texas. Our family has grown from one child to three with hopes for more. The weather in this part of Texas allows me to plant two gardens a year so I can practice gardening and teaching my children where food comes from and what happens when you work hard. As my children have grown, I have been able to practice archery with them and instill in them the love I have for the sport. I have also been blessed to be called to be the ward scoutmaster and work with the wonderful young men in this area. I stay incredibly busy, but always focused on what matters most. Family.

Why I am a Mormon

Both of my parents are mormon so I was raised as a mormon as well. However, that is not why I continue to stay strong in the faith. The LDS church teaches that God gave us our freedom to choose and he expects us to use it. I was always told that once you turn 19, you leave to serve a mission for the LDS church. You hear at lots of church meetings that before you ever leave to serve a mission, you should definitely have read through the Book of Mormon and gained your own testimony that this is God's only church on the Earth. (It's what you are going to preach for two years, you should probably believe it yourself, right?) I had half heartedly read the Book of Mormon and felt I knew that it was true because I did not doubt it was true. I had assumed faith was the absence of doubt. Once I was serving my mission, my reading of the Book of Mormon became more serious and focused. I remember like it was yesterday reading the Book of Mormon and being overcome with the more wonderful feeling, like getting a big, warm, hug from a loved one you hadn't seen in a very long time. I looked over at my mission companion and told him how I felt. He looked at me and said, "Yeah, that's the spirit testifying to you that the Book of Mormon is the word of God." That was it! That's what we taught people they were supposed to feel when the Lord testified to them that the Book of Mormon was the word of God, and if the God, its translator Joseph Smith was His chosen prophet, and if the prophet, then this was God's only true church on the Earth. My faith became sure at that point. Countless occasions of this same type of feeling have come since, strengthening my faith in the LDS church and other points of gospel doctrine. I invite anyone reading this to do as I did. Read the Book of Mormon with an open heart, pray and ask God about it with sincerity of heart to see if it is His word. You will receive an answer. He has promised us in James 1:5 (Bible) that you will.

How I live my faith

I am currently our ward's scoutmaster. It is an interesting position because I have no children that are in the Boy Scouts. This generally raises eyebrows when I am at scouting events because in non-lds troops you only become the scoutmaster because your kid is in the troop. This has given me many opportunities to speak with others about why I am a scoutmaster. I speak to them about how in the LDS church we don't sign up for positions, we are called of God by inspiration, received by our local leaders, to perform functions in the Church. We perform our duties with vigor and zeal, without pay, and we continue until we are released. The release being by the same inspiration from God. Being a scoutmaster in the Boy Scouts is a very time consuming position. I already work lots of hours and don't have a lot of extra time. Then stack on top of it scout meetings once a week, committe meetings once a month, lots of time spent planning with and training the scouts. Then add me explaining to my son why I have to go camping once a month without him. It's difficult at times to keep up with everything and have time for my family and my hobbies. But I know that the Lord has lead me to this area for a reason.and called me to work with these young men for a reason I may not fully understand right now, and may not for quite some time. But I know that when God calls us to do something, that's what we should do. It's what I do. Instead of thinking of my calling as scoutmaster a burden, I look at it as an opportunity to help the boys in our troop (some of which are not LDS) and my family grow. When I am planning on teaching something to the scouts, I first learn it and teach it to my family. It allows me to spend more time with them and they also benefit from learning valuable skills and lessons. Most importantly, I am growing and maintaining the eternal relationships with my family while serving God.