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Hi I'm Del Pursel

I am proud to be a Mormon. I was born and raised in rural Nevada where our family vocations were farming and mining.

About Me

I grew up in the small town of Yerington, NV as a member of a different religion. I graduated from Yerington HS and later University of Nevada in Reno with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. I grew up loving the outdoors and spent much of my childhood playing sports and hunting and fishing. However, I learned the value of hard work early in my life working many different jobs on family farms. While I was "active" in another church, I never really embraced fully some its major tenets. My next door neighbor, who later became my wife, introduced me to the Gospel of Jesus Christ mostly by being a very strong example of what she believed.

Why I am a Mormon

The emphasis on the central role of the family in Heavenly Fathers plan is one of the beautiful things I love about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It has been the most important guiding influence in raising our children. With our children grown and gone, I have a strong desire to share the message of the gospel with others. And so I will be leaving for an 18 month Church mission to Nauvoo, Illinois with my wife. I am a Mormon for so many reason but especially for the promise of eternal families and for the doctrines and programs of the Church that provide a pattern of righteousness for our daily lives. Because I am a Mormon, I understand that there is a living prophet on the earth who teaches us true and virtuous principles to live by. Living true principles lifts us from evils and temptations of the world. I know that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ live and love us and desire to bless us. This is an important message that we are always anxious to share with others.

How I live my faith

I grew up in a different religion, wonderful as it was as a youth. However, as I grew I felt as though I did not really understand much about religion. My wife being raised in the Church was a powerful example in the way she truly lived her religion. I was inspired by her devotion and felt comfortable when introduced to the Gospel. I loved what I learned and while I did not understand how I was feeling at the time, I later came to understand that it was the influence of the Holy Ghost bearing witness of the truth of what I was being taught. I embraced the Gospel fully and from that point I have not looked back. The decision to marry my wife was the most important decision I have ever made as it led me to the opportunity to embrace the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The greatest blessing that has come from that decision is the eternal nature of my relationship with my wife and our family. Over the years we have had many opportunities to give back to the Lord by serving others through numerous ward and stake callings.