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Hi I'm Dennis

I grew up in Idaho and became a college professor. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My wife and I enjoy working in our yard and playing with our grandchildren. As a University Administrator, I enjoy working with faculty, staff and students. I'm interested in how people learn and what can be done to improve the learning process.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents and grandparents were members of the church and my early participation grew out of their commitment. But when I moved away from home to attend college, it became clear to me that I needed to determine what I wanted. I knew by observing those around me that practicing the teachings of the church produced good people. Studying and applying the principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ gave me peace and hope. Through study, prayer, and service, I came to know that Jesus is the Savior and this is His church on earth. Now many years later, I find great joy in following His commandments and serving actively in His kingdom.

How I live my faith

Serving others is important to me and the church provides ways I can do that. As a lay minister, I work with leaders of 8 congregations in our area. I meet with them and others several times each week. I join with other church members on work projects benefiting the community and those in need three or four times each year. Our choices in how we use our time reflect our values.

What are some of the ways that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints helps those around the world?

In central California where I live, church members take care of a raisin vineyard. We prune the vines each January, harvest the grapes in September, and place them on paper trays to dry. A few weeks later, we return to the vineyard to "roll" the trays and then pick them up. As the grapes lay on the trays, the dry into raisins which are then sent to be processed. The church then distributes these raisins to those in need not only in the United States, but throughout the world. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about family?

Families serve multiple functions-as incubators for the young, a place where values can be learned and shared, where parents can learn humility, and where great joy can be had through learning how to effectively interact with others. Mormons believe that these relationships can be eternal through the gift of the atonement, obedience to God's laws, and participation in Tempe ordinances. Show more Show less