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Hi I'm Dennis

I am a family man, a former Military Training Instructor, a retired U.S. Army Officer, a Bible collector ... and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am well married. We have the four best children in the world and fourteen wonderful grandchildren which makes me a husband, father, and grandfather and a deeply committed family man. I am an active member of the Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-day Saints, a former Military Training Instructor aka Drill Sergeant and a retired United States Army Quartermaster Officer. I collect scriptures. I have a collection of well over 100 different versions, translations or editions of the English Bible in printed format. I have more than twice that in electronic format. I also have a modest collection of Bibles in the original Greek and Hebrew. I have even managed to acquire a four-hundred year old scroll fragment of the Book of Genesis, hand printed in Hebrew on deer parchment. Although not that old, some of my Bibles date back to before the American Civil War era. Others are relatively recent but they are all precious to me. I love the scriptures!

Why I am a Mormon

In my youth, I was what I call a social-Mormon. In the small town I grew up in there was not much to do other than high school sports, draggin' Main and church. While church made for a nice social interlude, I was more focused on going to college. My Bishop had other plans ... like calling me on a mission. When he asked, I laughed. He told me to pray about it. I do not know why but this really annoyed me. To settle down, I hiked to a bluff overlooking a bend in the river. Part way down that bluff, is a boulder shaped to perfectly fit the curvature of my spine. I settled in but my frustration persisted. I am unsure how long I was there before I decided to do as my Bishop requested. I rolled off the rock and ended up on my knees. At first the words did not come easy. Once unleashed, however, they came like rushing waters from a broken dam. Somehow, my frustration turned into my first prayer where I was not just going through the motions. As the words burst forth, my negative emotions were washed away. In their place came a feeling of almost overwhelming peace and a very sure understanding of what my Savior, Jesus Christ, wanted me to do for Him. A few months later I was on my mission. I believe that I served honorably. I assisted the Holy Spirit in bringing children of our Father in Heaven to Christ. I thank God that my Bishop felt inspired to call me on a mission. If he had not, I would not have been blessed with such a spiritual awakening. That is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I love the Lord and strive to follow His example by being of service to others. Jesus said: "Whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant.” As Latter-day Saints we are each expected to visit other members of our congregation on at least a monthly basis as part of the Latter-day Saint home/visiting teaching program to ensure the well being of the members. We occasionally receive assignments to work on church farms or canneries so that the poor among us are not hungry. Service should begin with our own family. My father is in his mid-80s and now needs my help. At least once a week, I make the journey to his home. I may only mow the lawn or fix a faucet but it pleases me to pay back a small portion of what my dad did for me. Service is not all work. My bride and I serve as teachers to a class of youth. That is fun service!

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Latter-day Saints believe that the Holy Ghost’s ministry is to be a teacher (Nehemiah 9:20), a comforter (John 15:26) and a witness of the divinity of Jesus (1 Corinthians 12:3). The scriptures teach that the Holy Ghost will guide us to all truth (John 16:13) and that by the power of the Holy Ghost we may know the truth of all things (Moroni 10:5). Where man’s wisdom and knowledge is learned through the five senses, spiritual truth is received only by revelation, Spirit to spirit, directly from the Holy Ghost (1 Corinthians 2:9-13). As a collector of Bibles, I feel the influence of the Holy Ghost as I read, study and compare the various Bibles in my collection. While I prefer the formal equivalence of the 'King James Version' for my personal studies, sometimes it is nice to sit down and just read the paraphrased 'Message Bible' without a personal study agenda. There are also times I will have twenty or more versions, all open and scattered around me so that I may evaluate and contrast just one verse. At other times, I will pull a single volume at random from my shelves and I know the Holy Ghost has lead me to that one Bible because suddenly I will understand a point of the gospel that before was so beyond me that I was almost unaware of its existence. The still small voice of the Holy Ghost will enhance the understanding of the scriptures for anyone whose heart is open to the Word of God. May the Holy Ghost guide you in your studies. Show more Show less