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Hi I'm Preston Dale

Country boy at heart, college student by reason, Mormon by choice.

About Me

I was born and raised in a beautiful little town deep in South East Texas. Please believe me when I say it was 'little' because if you dont believe that, it is going to be much more difficult to explain how a barefoot country boy got to be doing what he is today. Growing up brought lots of challenges, especially for one with an inquisitive mind and the energy to back it up. I have first hand experience in the saying that "Christ found his followers among the workers, Satan finds his among the idle." High school was every bit of fun, depressing, exciting, grueling, and scary as it should be but it helped me to have some important experiences. They were experiences that I wasn't particularly fond of at the time, but, looking back, I realize just how important they were. After serving a 2 year religious mission for The LDS Church in southern California among the Latin people there, I have returned and am currently playing the role of a college student. Life continues to amaze me with its twists and turns, but I am thankful for the role the Savior has played in my life.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm Mormon because I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of the Living God, the Savior of all Mankind. I'm Mormon because I know that his Gospel is the the same yesterday, today, and forever and the "glad tidings" have been declared to us, even in the last days. However, It didn't come all at once. My conversion was slow. I remember looking up at the stars one night as a teenager and finally deciding that even though I didn't really know who He was, that there must be a God. I've spent a good amount of time since then seeking him out. Years have passed. I still feel like there is a lot to learn but I stand as a witness of God, that He is there. I have felt his redeeming love blanket me in times of need and in times of prosper. I have received a testimony for myself that His doctrine is being taught in the LDS church and I can not and will not deny it. I'm a Mormon because I believe in Christ.

How I live my faith

I believe Paul when he wrote to the Ephesians in chapter 4 verse 11-13. He says " And he (Christ) gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ." My current place in the "body of Christ" (a.k.a. church organization) is the "Ward Executive Secretary." Mine is the blessing to work closely with many members of the church. I get to learn about each of them, their stories and where they come from. Officially, I schedule interviews and work with member records. However, when the paperwork is done, I 'live my faith' by serving those around me as I feel Christ would if he had been asked to do what I have. I also get to visit members in their homes and as we discuss our Savior's love for us, I get to see their countenance brighten and I see hope come into their lives.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Preston Dale
If the word "worship" was the word that the people of the Old Testament used to describe their feelings toward Adam, Abraham, and Moses, then yes, I suppose we do. However, I feel that "respect" may be a bit more appropriate to describe that feeling. Joseph Smith was an instrument in the hands of God to restore the Church of Jesus Christ in the last days. Just as the Hebrews were thankful for the peace that the teachings of Abraham and Moses brought them, so to am I thankful for the teachings of Joseph Smith. Show more Show less