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How Did Read the Scriptures Start?

Wayne and Deann Dixon
Wayne and Deann Dixon

The developers and managers of Read the Scriptures are Wayne and Deann Dixon.

Wayne thought of the concept for Read the Scriptures while he was watching the October 2005 General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. President Gordon B. Hinckley had also recently challenged all church members to read the Book of Mormon by the end of the year. Wayne thought of developing Read the Scriptures to assist him in completing the Book of Mormon challenge, and also realized how such a system would benefit others as well.

The following quote from President Ezra Taft Benson, featured in the October 2005 Ensign, verified to them that it would be a positive service to build and provide:

"The time is long overdue for a massive flooding of the earth with the Book of Mormon for the many reasons which the Lord has given. In this age of electronic media and mass distribution of the printed word, God will hold us accountable if we do not now move the Book of Mormon in a monumental way."
(President Ezra Taft Benson, “Flooding the Earth with the Book of Mormon,” Ensign, Oct. 2005, 60)

Wayne and Deann started the development right away, and the initial version of the Read the Scriptures was complete before the end of that year!

Professional Background

Wayne has worked for various computer related industries, such as Ancestry.com, however developing his own web & mobile software is his true passion. Wayne has established more than twelve years of experience as a Systems Analyst and Programmer/Developer in a variety of different industries. Due to his uncommonly diverse programming skills, his strong problem-solving abilities, and his creative mind, Wayne is able to design and offer unique innovations for web, software and mobile applications. He also enjoys videography, camping, hiking, golfing, off-roading, and wood-working.

Deann has possessed the necessary skills and dedication to work full-time alongside of Wayne for their own company. She has worked as the Project Manager and Artistic Director, developing and directing numerous SEO, software, and e-learning programs and projects. Her knowledge, creativity, practical business experience, constant commitment to quality, and sharp eye for detail drives the company's development and design processes. Deann has more than twenty years experience within clerical, administrative, and teaching capacities. Deann enjoys photography, golfing, baking, gardening, camping, traveling and spending time with her family.

Personal Background

Wayne is the oldest of 13 children, born in Fairview, Alberta, Canada. His parents became members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when he was 8 years old. Throughout his youth, Wayne held several jobs such as farming, delivering newspapers, and working at a grocery store. He always was self-motivated and intrigued by learning new things. His family was very musically talented and they formed a family country band, with Wayne as the lead guitar player and operator of the audio and recording equipment. They travelled around Canada and the United States performing at various concerts. When he was 18, Wayne started work as a painter and contractor in the town of Barrhead, Alberta, where he and Deann first met when his family performed at a church Christmas gathering.

Deann grew up as a member the church and the youngest of 6 children (one boy then five girls) on a ranch in rural Alberta just outside the town of Barrhead. She was taught to help on the farm with the cattle and in the fields, and to work around the house and garden with her family. She attended all her years of schooling in Barrhead, riding the school bus into town every day, and she graduated from home-study seminary. She frequently tended her nieces and nephews and had a love for children. After high school, Deann moved into the city to live with one of her sisters and held a clerical position.

Wayne and Deann sealed their love for eternity in the Manti, Utah temple only a couple years after they first met. They went on to have 4 wonderful children. When their first child was only 2, Deann pursued a college education as a Teacher’s Assistant at Grant MacEwan Community College in Edmonton, Alberta. Wayne furthered his creative talents by developing and owning both a cabinetry company and a professional recording studio. He also had a skill for computer technology, so he studied and graduated with honors in Computer Information Systems from the Lethbridge, Alberta Community College. This opened up various job opportunities for he and the family to relocate to Riverton, Utah where they currently still reside.

In 2012, the Dixon family opened their hearts and their home to became legal guardians to a sibling group of 5 young children, from ages 2-9 years old. After 9 exciting months, Wayne and Deann went through the process to chose an adoptive home for the children, but they will always cherish the time they had together.

Wayne has served in the Church in many capacities, including Primary Teacher, Scout Leader, Elder’s Quorum President, Executive Secretary, and Bishopric Counselor. Deann has served as Primary President, Music Leader, and Teacher, Young Women Counselor and Camp Director, Relief Society Counselor and Music Leader, and Sunday School Teacher. Their oldest son has served a mission in the California Ventura mission, their daughter is currently serving also in the California Ventura mission, and their third child is currently submitting his mission papers. They look forward to a future of many grandchildren and serving missions of their own someday.