David and Deena are devout members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Their belief in God the Father, His Son Jesus Christ, and in the Holy Ghost are among their most basic beliefs. They believe the Bible to be the word of God and consider it a foundation of their personal beliefs. They also believe the Book of Mormon (a record of early inhabitants and prophets of the American Continent covering a period from about 2200 B.C. to approximately 400 A.D.) to be the word of God. These two books bless their lives and bring them closer to God. They believe in continuing revelation; that God has not left us alone— but rather gives us prophets in our day to guide, direct, encourage and warn us against evils which can destroy us spiritually. To Learn More about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and why we believe as we do, click below
David and Deena Christensen have been married for over 50 years. They are parents of 8 children and have included others in their family circle as if they were their own. They are the proud grandparents of 30 grandchildren and are seeing the beginnings of another generation of great grandchildren.
David retired from BYU-Idaho after serving on the faculty for 22 years. After high school he attended its predecessor institution, Ricks College on a basketball scholarship. He earned his Associates Degree there and then transferred to Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah and earned his BS and MA degrees.
After nineteen years in education, business, and corporate training, he returned to his Alma Mater to serve on the faculty. BYU-Idaho and Rexburg Idaho became their home base for the next 28 years.
The university has a rich heritage dating back to 1888. It is a private institution, sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and has become one of the most exciting universities in the world. It extends its influence to not only its 18,000 plus resident students on a three semester track system, but to thousands more assembled in clusters on-line throughout the world. Its extraordinary leaders are moving it forward in re-thinking and even re-defining higher education. You are invited to browse the university website.
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