Seminaries and Institutes- Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

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Lansing MI

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Merrilee Dickerson

Biography :
Born in California. Spent 53 years in beautiful Carlsbad, CA. Mother LDS, raised in SLC, father joined church 11 years after marriage. Baptized at 9 yrs. so my father could baptize me. Whole family sealed together in LA Temple, Dec.14, 1956. Attended BYU 1965-1969, graduating with BS in Education and Child Development/Family Relations. Married Richard F. Dickerson in Salt Lake LDS Temple Aug. 1968. We have 8 wonderful children (2 daughters, 6 sons) and 27 grandchildren. For next 27 years I was at home doing what I love best, being mom and wife. When our youngest went to school I went with him, teaching hands-on Science program to grades K-6 for 8 years. Most of my service in the church has also been teaching... as a Laurel & Beehive Advisor in YW, High School SS classes, Primary teacher and counselor, Scouts, RS teacher and Pres., Stake RS counselor and SD Temple worker. For 4 years also I served alongside my husband as a service missionary while he presided as Bishop of a YSA Ward in CA, which we truly enjoyed. Our children are all married and raising families all over the country, so we recently moved to Utah to be more centrally located for visits. We love our beautiful mountains and the four seasons, which hopefully have prepared us for Michigan winters! I love the young people of the church and I love to teach the gospel!

Richard F Dickerson

Biography :
Elder Dickerson retired in 2010 after 40 years in banking. His current home is Highland, Utah. Prior to moving to Utah in 2013 he and his wife lived and raised their eight children in Carlsbad, California. After serving a mission to Chile, 1964-67, he met his sweetheart Merrilee MacDougall at BYU. In August 1968 they became eternal companions, sealed in the Salt Lake Temple. He graduated from BYU, 1970, B.S. Business Administration. He is the grandfather of 27 “perfect” grandchildren, (so far), 18 boys and 9 girls. He enjoys music of all kinds, especially classical. He has played the piano since age 6 and has served as a ward organist, off and on over the years, since age 12. He enjoys singing and his favorite movies and stage performances are musicals. He loves doing Family History and Temple work.

David L Draut

Biography :
Brother Draut is from Allentown, Pennsylvania. He served a mission in the England London Mission. He and his sweetheart Sue were married in 1986 and are the parents of seven children. He has been teaching in the Church Educational System for 22 years. He enjoys reading, bike riding, playing with his children and collecting dictionaries.

Daniel A Earl

Biography :
Brother Earl is from Cedar Springs, Michigan. He is a convert to the Church. He went to college at Northern Arizona University where he met his wife, Crystal Elliott. They were married at the Mesa Temple in June of 2002 and have four energetic children. Before getting married he transferred to Arizona State University and completed his bachelors degree in anthropology and religious studies. He also graduated from Institute three times. The Earls moved to Michigan in June of 2007. In January of 2010 he completed a masters degree in psychology with the University of Phoenix. He enjoys reading, gardening, playing with his kids, and everything rugby.

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