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

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.


They believe that the family is central to the creators plan for the eternal destiny of His children . . . They further believe that strengthening and maintaining the family is of utmost importance. For them, Heaven only exists if families are eternal. God’s greatest joys and His greatest grief come from his children. They reflect often on the words of their grandfather W.C. Christensen (1875-1962) who often said when in the presence of his children and grandchildren — “This is Real Joy!”  Their experience bears this great truth.
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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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We value the temple beyond our capacity to express.  We consider the temple a place where Heaven and Earth intersect. We also will have a temple very close to our home in Lindon Utah. Learn More About the Lindon Utah Temple
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Missionary service

David first served as a young missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Mexico City (1968-70). As an adult, he served as President of the Chile Santiago North Mission from 1999-2002. He and Deena took part of their growing family and lived in South America while he presided over a total of 563 young volunteer missionaries who gave eighteen to twenty-four months of their lives to share the message of the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ to the people of Chile. David also served as President of the Missionary Training Center in Guatemala City, Guatemala (2008-2010). Over 2,200 missionaries passed through the training center to begin their service in Panama, Costa Rica, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Belize, and Guatemala.

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