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Hi I'm Hollis Dixon

I was born in Colorado, but grew up in Missouri and Iowa. I've been married for 37 years and raised 3 children. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I mostly grew up in the midwestern states of Iowa and Missouri. We had a small farm in Missouri and I gained a love for agriculture. We then lived in a small town in Iowa but I still worked on other farms, such as my Uncles, during the summer. My Dad was a meat cutter and ran a meat shop that did custom slaughtering and processing. When I turned 14 I started working there and learned the trade. I attended Brigham Young University and served a mission in Japan where I learned to love the people of that great nation. I married a wonderful woman I met at BYU and we have been married for 37 years. We raised three children and now enjoy our 11 grandchildren. I eventually finished a degree in Music and taught high school band for several years. I began to suffer health problems which made it difficult to keep up with teaching music. But I had completed a masters degree in psychology for school counseling and became a school counselor for a few more years. Eventually, due to a debilitating illness, I had to take an early retirement. Though I am growing weaker, I still enjoy spending time with my children and their families.

Why I am a Mormon

During my high school years, many of my friends became very active in attending a local church that had been recently organized by a young evangelist. Out of their excitement and concern for me, they began to challenge my beliefs and at times even prayed vocally at school for me to abandon my LDS faith. This made me realize that I could no longer rely on the testimony of my parents. I knew that I needed to know more about LDS doctrine and how and why it was different than other Christian beliefs so I could properly respond to questions and criticism. Mostly I needed to know if Joseph Smith was a prophet, if The Book of Mormon was true, and if this was indeed the true restored church of Jesus Christ. I began reading church magazines, I actually made an attempt to understand what I was being taught in early morning seminary, and I began reading The Book of Mormon. I cannot say there was any single moment that I suddenly knew that the teachings of the LDS church were true. On the other hand, there was never a time that I doubted. But over time, I became more and more convinced that the church was true. As I grew in my understanding of the gospel and my testimony became more independent and stronger, I was able to show a better example of Christ like living to my friends. Ultimately though, it was while I was at Brigham Young University and reading The Book of Mormon daily, that I felt the assurance through the spirit of God that this was His church. After many years of study and service I am even more able to say that I know that Jesus Christ is our Savior and that He lives. I know Heavenly Father lives, loves us, and knows and cares about each of us individually. I know The Book of Mormon is true. I know Joseph Smith is the prophet of the restoration of the fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The LDS church is the Kingdom of God on the earth. This knowledge helps me deal with the daily difficulties of my illness.

How I live my faith

I have tried to be active in living my faith all of my life. While growing up in the midwest, the only members of the LDS church in my school were members of my family. While I often fell short of my goal, I tried to set an example before others about how an LDS person should behave. Most of my friends in high school were very active in various sects of Christianity. Though they always meant well, they often challenged my beliefs. This made it difficult for me, but I grew in my own understanding and testimony of the church and became better at following its' precepts. By the time I was ready to serve a mission to teach the Gospel of Jesus Christ, I had developed a testimony its' truthfulness. I served a two year mission in Japan that I enjoyed very much. Since that time I have served in many callings in church that have ranged from teaching music or the gospel to 5 year olds to serving in positions of administrative leadership. I have often been involved in visiting and helping members of our church in our area. My health has failed in the last 12 years and I now am in a wheelchair. But I serve my local unit of the church by helping maintain accurate church records of members.