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Hi I'm Dean

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My wife Pamela and I are parents of four children and grandparents of nine. I am a retired Air Force officer and medical professional. We have traveled throughout the United States and around the world. I have a deep love of music; I sing and play guitar and occasionally perform. I love the beautiful world that Heavenly Father has given us to explore and care for. I grew up in Western Montana, exploring ghost towns, camping, fishing, and hiking with family and with the Boy Scouts. I have been a Scouting and youth leader through much of my adult life. I have been blessed to live in some of the most beautiful areas this country has to offer. We currently reside in Northern Idaho, surrounded by mountains and trees.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was a young man, a wonderful family and friend shared their faith in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I was not all that interested in religion at that time of my life, but because I loved and respected them, I accepted a copy of the Book of Mormon and a very special book they gave me called "A Marvelous Work and a Wonder", which explained The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in a very basic way. At first I read them to be polite, but soon learned enough about the church that I wanted to know for myself if the message was true. I reasoned that if there was a true church on the face of the earth, I did not want to go through life without the benefit of that truth. I followed the promise in the Book of Mormon in Moroni chapter 10, verses 3-5, that tells us if anyone wants to know if the book is true, they can ask our Heavenly Father, and that he would manifest the truth of it to them. I received an answer to that prayer - clear and unequivocal. I will ever be grateful to that friend who cared enough to share the gospel with me. I can't imagine having gone through my life without it.

How I live my faith

To me, living the gospel comes down to the two great commandments that Jesus taught us: to love Heavenly Father, and to love our neighbors as ourselves. I have served in various kinds of church responsibilities in my life, but have always tried to be a good neighbor to those around me. Sometimes that has been shoveling snow from the walk next door while I was shoveling my own, or otherwise helping a family in need. I have also provided service through the Scouting organization and other community service organizations. Serving others is the best way I know to demonstrate my faith in the teachings of the Savior.