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Hi I'm Dennis

I love family and the outdoors and being a Mormon

About Me

I work as a Sr. Manager of Consulting for a software company and dabble in real estate. I love the outdoors, including bicycling, fly fishing, skiing/snowboarding, backpacking, and golf. I am also a lover of sports, having played basketball, volleyball, football, and baseball. I still love to participate when able, and watch my favorite teams. I am married to a beautiful wife who has displayed great patience with me. I am a father of 5 grown children and grandfather to 8 grandchildren who are spread across the country.

Why I am a Mormon

While I was born into a Mormon family, I was a rebel and a doubter who had to prove things for myself. As a teen I spent 5 years living a life seeking fun and entertainment with a group of like minded friends. During this period of time my Mother insisted that I still attend church periodically, which I did, however, I was not a believer. When I was a Sophomore in Highschool I experienced a series of events with these friends that made me feel uncomfortable. After a couple of serious events, I was prompted to think about where my activities and the friends with whom I associated were taking me. I withdrew from my friends, and because my Mother worked evenings, I stayed at home alone every night for about a month. While I had the TV on for company, I continued to think about where I was headed and prayed for help that I could be happy and have peace. I began making a series of changes in my life. I decided to associate with a different set of friends, who while safer, still did not comply with the Mormon standards. One of these friends was dating a Mormon girl, and decided to be taught by the missionaries. He became my closest friend. We would have discussions about what he learned and shared our experiences. After he was baptised, we attended Church meetings and youth activities together. As he thought about becoming a missionary I also started giving it some thought. However, I did not yet feel a burning testimony. One of the key tenants of Mormon faith is that we each can have personal revelation of truth through the Holy Ghost, and that by this we gain a conviction for ourselves. I decided to pray as I had been taught. I addressed my Heavenly Father. I gave thanks for the blessings in my life. I then asked about the truthfulness of the Mormon Faith, if Joseph Smith had really been instructed by God the Father and Jesus Christ, his son, to restore his church. I did receive a warm and confirming feeling that this did occur.

How I live my faith

Today I feel very blessed and happy with my life as a Mormon. I owe this happiness to a belief in Christ as my Savior, a loving Father in Heaven, and having committed myself to follow and serve them. As a father, I work with my wife to teach our children and grandchildren how to be happy as well. We try to do this by living as examples. Weekly we attend church, but more importantly we live lives of service. I have served as Scout Master to youth, including my own children, taking young men on camp outs and excursions into wilderness while also teaching them about principles of faith, love and service. With one son, we accepted an assignment to shovel the walks of a couple of widows early in the mornings. Monthly, by assignment, we visit four other families to assure their needs are being met. In our home, we pray, eat, and frequently play together. I love being able to serve others. It provides such a good feeling, and thinking of others does so much to put my own concerns and worries into perspective. In the church we are all given many opportunities to serve. We have served numerous times at a local sanctuary home for single mothers who also have problems with drugs, and are frequently involved with gathering items for the those who are less fortunate or have seen their homes destroyed by disasters. Today, I work with a local Young Women's organization to help provide over-site and support to the numerous activities and service projects in which they are involved. I also provide administrative support and over-site to a Seminary program for early morning youth scripture studies. My greatest joys come from seeing the happiness of my children as they also have learned to live lives focused on the power of putting Christ and their fellow men first in their lives. I also love to work with youth, and to see how having and understanding of these important principles truly blesses their lives and fills them with purpose and joy.