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Hi I'm Devon

I'm from Red Deer, Alberta. Most of my career was in the oil and gas industry, which allowed me to travel to Yemen. I am a Mormon

About Me

I was a high school drop-out but redeemed myself by getting a B. Comm at the U of C and my MBA at the U of Regina. It was hard work, most of it a nights. I was nominated for the Governor Generals Award for my work on my MBA but never quite got it. I started my work life working for the T-D Bank in a small town called Oyen, but soon moved to Calgary and shifted into the oil and gas business. I was a auditor at first and spent a lot of time in the field doing well checks. I shifted into Human Resources and enjoyed the interaction with the company's employees. Then I went into Organization Effectiveness which was the best job ever. I got to go to Yemen several times to train the Nationals and Ex-Pats. Most of the training was at the production facilities in the desert, but I did get to go to Sana, the capital of Yemen. The tradition says that Sana was the first city established after Noah and his family left the ark. It could be as the old city is walled and looks absolutely ancient. I am doing genealogy as a hobby. It's fun, but also very frustrating as connections may prove to be elusive, but, with lots of prayer and perseverance, progress can be made. Another hobby is writing, but I am not a patient person so it is very hard to finish a story. I am married, have 7 children and 20 grand children. I have a son in Canada and all the rest of my kids and grandkids live in the USA. I hold citizenship in both Canada and the USA. They are both great countries.

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the church when I was about 12 years old. Turns out I was the only Deacon in my congregation. My mother and older brother were baptized at the same time. My father never did join, but supported us whole hardly. He told me once that the Church was the best thing that happened to his family. I lived my religion even when I was just a kid and found that my friends would make certain I didn't stray. That was so interesting. But I learned that being a Mormon was a great blessing, and as I grew into adult-hood, it was the greatest protection I had. The Lord guided me through his quiet whispering in my mind, and on one occasion a firm and loving spoken voce. I am a Mormon because my life would be a wasteland without it.

How I live my faith

I live in a Mormon community but my place of residence only has 5 houses and is 20 minutes from our Church in Leavitt, Alberta, and about 20 minutes from the Temple in Cardston. However, we go to both every week no matter what the weather, unless there is a blizzard outside. We work in the Temple Saturdays. Fun. I am the Ward Employment Specialist and help those looking for work, or job upgrades. I find inner strength by reading the Book of Mormon and both the old and new testaments daily. Makes me feel good. I also pray a lot and that keeps me in touch with my Heavenly Father, which to me is critical. He's very easy to speak to.