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Hi I'm Dale

As a recent cancer survivor, I am preparing to serve a full-time mission with my bride of 41 years. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Earning an MBA Degree in Finance, I began an exciting and varied business career that took us to cities from coast to coast in the U.S. My professional roles included financial analyst within the controller’s office of a major auto manufacturer, mergers and acquisitions analyst for a large conglomerate, COO of a seafood processing plant, oil trader buying and selling cargoes of fuel oil on the high seas, co-founder of an asphalt pavement maintenance franchiser, founder of a business forensic investigations firm, sales executive with a global training company in leadership, communication, business execution and productivity services, and executive with a national compounding pharmacy. While my career has provided much satisfaction, my greatest joy has come from my family. Today we watch with pride the life choices of 5 children, 4 children by marriage and soon to be fourteen grandchildren. My hobbies include traveling, snow skiing and scuba diving with family members, serving others where I can make a difference and give back, and spending quiet time with my wife who is unequivocally my best friend. I am a survivor of Stage IV Colon Cancer. As long as I am standing, I hope to spend the balance of my life serving, teaching and lifting others in understanding the gospel of Jesus Christ. I have recently made the decision to retire 2 ½ years earlier than planned and serve a 23 month full-time mission for my church. My bride and I will begin that service on May 11, 2015.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon, first and foremost, because I have a deep and firm spiritual conviction that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the restored gospel of Jesus Christ in its fullness and that it was restored with sacred priesthood keys to the prophet Joseph Smith. I know that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ appeared to him and brought back all that was lost many centuries before. This gospel blesses me every day to... * More deeply understand and experience the gifts so selflessly given us by our Savior. These include: * The gift of a promised resurrection * The gift of forgiveness upon sincere repentance * The gift of His empathy, understanding and succoring us in our pain, sicknesses and tribulations * The gift of example that we might know how to live * The gift of His infinite love * The gift of grace, whereby He makes up the difference between who we are and who we will one day need to be to return home, after all that we can do. * The gift of peace * The gift of healing which was manifest during my seaon with cancer In addition to all of this, I so deeply value the gift of the Holy Ghost that was conferred upon me after faith, repentance, and baptism. He is my Comforter. I am grateful for the keys of Elijah restored to Joseph Smith, as promised in Malachi, that make it possible for families to be together forever. By virtue of these keys, my bride of nearly 41 years and I are married for time and for all eternity. Likewise our children and grandchildren are sealed to us forever. Each day of my life is a day of joy, in spite of challenges, tribulations and difficulties to work through. I am happy, and celebrate the joy I feel in life, in learning, in serving, in honoring God and in seeking to be a better person. The Lord has been patient with me, has taught me, and has filled my life with endless tender mercies as I have sought to be faithful and obedient. I love Him and His gospel.

How I live my faith

I am committed to start each morning with an early morning personal devotional. This includes prayer and study. I find great inspiration in the Bible, the Book of Mormon and in the words of latter-day prophets. While I have great room for improvement, I think about the example of our Savior much and try in all that I do to follow Him. I act in ways that help me be a good neighbor including moving neighbors in or out, cleaning the church building, creating awareness of neighborhood activities, watching out to protect neighbor’s property, etc. I work diligently to support, love, encourage and set a good example for our children and grandchildren. I desire that everything they see me do or say be consistent with the teaching they receive in church or from scriptures. I am pleased to respond to regular assignments extended by my local church leaders. These include 1) teaching an adult gospel doctrine Sunday School class, 2) joining my wife in coordinating a monthly evening with senior adults where we enjoy good pot luck meals and share a gospel message, and 3) visiting several assigned families each month to provide friendship, service, love and a gospel message. I also respond to special assignments when they are extended. One example was last year when my wife and I were asked to help coach a committee of youth to plan, organize and carry out a three-day youth conference. We were so proud that they willingly took on this challenge and led an inspiring conference that blessed many youth. My wife and I have the privilege of serving two nights per month at the state penitentiary. On each assigned night, we prepare a brief gospel message and meet with one or two inmates to encourage them, love them and help them build a love for the Savior and a testimony of His gospel. This is a special privilege. While I have a long way to go in being an ideal disciple, I try each day to live my life in a way that honors Him who I worship as my Redeemer.