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Hi I'm Dennis

I'm a retired chemical engineer, father of six, and a Mormon.

About Me

I retired from my career as a chemical engineer with Chevron just a few years ago and have begun a new career doing what I can to help build God's kingdom on earth. I am married to Janet and together we have six children, four sons and two daughters. All are married or engaged to be married. We have ten, soon to be twelve grandchildren. I love being a grandfather and sharing with my grandchildren by Skype since they all live in distant cities or visiting them in their homes as conditions permit. As a retiree I enjoy staying active to stay in shape by hiking, swimming and biking around the area where I live. I also spend time on home remodeling, family history research, and preparing to serve as a full time missionary with my wife for the Mormon church. We have received our second mission call, this one to serve in Portugal for 2 years.

Why I am a Mormon

The primary reason I am a Mormon is because the Church of Jesus Christ and His doctrine satisfies my spiritual needs. Even though I was raised in a Mormon family, I am a committed Mormon now because of the fruits of following Jesus Christ. I have received many spiritual witnesses that Jesus Christ is God's Son, sent to the earth to fulfill a very essential mission of salvation for God's children. He has restored to the earth the fullness of His gospel through the calling and authorizing of prophets and apostles, just as He did during His mortal ministry. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is His Church. It teaches His doctrines, it has His authority, and it provides the opportunities and resources to follow in His footsteps. The more closely I follow Him with the help of His Church, the happier I am and the more fulfilled I feel. Christ's gospel answers my need for purpose, for understanding of my relationship to God as His son, and shows me the way to live the true principles He taught. I love reading His words in the Bible and in modern day scriptures such as the Book of Mormon. I love feeling His spirit confirm the truth of His way. I love building family and friendship relations that have eternal possibilities. I love going to His house, the holy temple, and participating in sacred ordinances that elevate my thoughts and open celestial doors to His presence and glory. I love speaking with God, in the name of my Savior, in prayer each day and feeling His love and personal interest. I love serving my brothers and sisters here on earth and sacrificing my time and energy in His name. I love partaking of the fruit of the tree of life that He leads me to. I love sharing these fruits with those I come in contact with.

How I live my faith

I strive to live my faith in a number of ways. I feel the most important way is how I act each day towards my family and all I come in contact with. I struggle at times, but try to be patient, loving, caring, and helpful to those around me. The Savior Jesus Christ is my model for how I should treat others. I have tried to serve my fellow men in various ways. I love associating with youth, both in and outside of the Mormon church. For many years I worked with junior high and high school youth in the community where I worked professionally as a mentor, helping to organize after-school enrichment programs in the fields of science and technology. I have been an adult leader in the Boy Scouts of America and have worked with hundreds of boys through the Scouting program. I have served as a Mormon bishop, serving the needs of our local congregation for spiritual leadership, individual guidance and encouragement, temporal assistance, and opportunities for each to serve others. I am currently helping to share our message with others in our community and preparing to serve a full time mission for two years with my wife in Portugal.