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Hi I'm Dennis

I'm a Latter-day Saint

About Me

I'm a convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  I've been a member for more than half my life now. Professionally I'm a Mechanical Engineer having worked for many large engineering companies during my career. My wife and I have been married for over 30 years. We have 4 children, 10 grand children and 2 great grand children.

Why I am a Mormon

It seems that very early in my life I was constantly looking for something, only I didn’t know what it was. In my search for that elusive “something”, I tried many things including Transcendental Meditation, Tae Kwon Do, Yoga, sugar free diets, and higher education. But no matter what I did I still had that same empty feeling. In my continuing pursuit, I dropped out of college and enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. Between the time of my enlistment and when I actually went in, I read and studied the pocket New Testament given to each of us at the pre-induction center in Denver. After basic training and tech school, my first duty assignment was Kadina AFB, Okinawa. Shortly after arriving, we received notice that a category 2 typhoon was headed our way. We had to scramble to get all our F-4’s off the flightline and into hangars for protection. Those that wouldn’t fit had to be flown to Korea. Typhoon Gilda hit with all its furry. While we were hunkered down waiting out the storm, I knew there would be lots of time on my hands. I decided that I would spend this time in my room reading the Book of John. Our dorm was made of thick reinforced concrete, so I knew there would be no problem with the raging storm outside and peacefully settled into reading. When I got to the part where the Savior was talking about the “Sheep of another fold” I became very curious. Who was he talking about I wondered? I drew lines around the part and added stars hoping that someday I’d find the answer. A year later, now at a base in California, I had come to some conclusions. As a result of my Bible studies, I decided that the true church of Jesus Christ was somewhere to be found in our day. But how would I find it? After more careful reading from my Bible and serious contemplation, I decided that there were at least some evidences of what I was to look for. I made a list. First of all it would be a worldwide church with Jesus Christ at its center and not an organization of some sort. It would deem baptism as essential. It would be a church of revelation and would resemble the church Jesus Christ established in his day. Also, from my scripture study I learned the value of fasting and combined that with much faith that I would be helped in this, my pursuit of truth. I was convinced that the church of Jesus Christ was somewhere to be found and was determined to find it. It wasn’t long after this that a new guy arrived in our squadron. He was different from the others, confident and quiet and didn’t smoke or use profanity. I noticed instead of being a part of the rampant gossiping and profanity that’s so prevalent there on the flight line, he was instead reading what looked like the same pocket New Testament we had all received at the time of our induction. However, looking a little more closely, I was able make out the title, “The Book of Mormon”. I asked him about it, purely out of curiosity, as I was looking for a Christ-centered church not the “Mormon” church. But he told me that “Mormon” was just a nickname, and that the actual name was the “Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints”. I didn’t know that. “The Church of Jesus Christ”, I thought That was interesting. He also told me that it was organized with apostles and prophets, just as the ancient church the Lord had established in his day and that baptism was essential. I asked him about the Book of Mormon. He said that it was additional scripture given by revelation bearing record of Jesus Christ. I was becoming more interested by the moment and it was quickly becoming apparent that many of the evidences I was looking for were contained within his church. I was excited and knew that I was onto something. Then he asked me if I had ever wondered who the “sheep of another fold” were spoken of by the Savior in the Book of John? Yes I had, I told him and asked if he could tell me who they were. He explained to me about the visit of Jesus Christ to the Americas as recorded in the Book of Mormon, opened right to the page and had me read it for myself. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing, the very answer to my question that up to now no one had been able to answer! He explained to me that our Father in Heaven is literally our Father, the father of our spirits and that we are spirit sons and daughters of heavenly parents. When he told me this, the Spirit came upon me so powerfully, that I felt as if I were on fire with the truth! That was the moment of my conversion. I knew then that I had found what I was looking for, for so long and that through the power of the Holy Ghost my Father in heaven had testified to me the truth of the things my friend had been telling me. From that moment I would never be the same and I knew it. Still, it took me some time to commit to baptism and a month later I was transferred to Colorado Springs. My friend told me that he knew I would be baptized and that he wanted to be the one to do it when the time came. Through a very unusual turn of events, he was able to be at my new base, at the time I committed to baptism and perform that sacred ordinance. My baptism was a true turning point in my life. I knew that I had made the correct decision by entering the waters of baptism to become a Latter-day Saint. After I got out of the Air Force, I met my future wife at a singles family home evening group and we were married for time and for all eternity in the Washington DC Temple in 1980. Since then, nearly all of my extended family has joined the Church. All told, there have been 7 Temple marriages with 21 children born under the covenant. Four sons have gone on missions ranging from Milwaukee to Peru. Now, there is an entire generation having been brought up in the church, prepared to go forth in the power of the Lord. Who knows what fruits they will bear? I can’t even imagine. As I’ve been in the Church over the years, it’s amazed me to find that every evidence I was looking for on my list can be found in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and then some. I am eternally grateful to my Father in Heaven for directing me in finding his true and living church. I owe it all to him. 

How I live my faith

 In the church each member typically has callings or assigned responsibilities. Currently, I teach 10 year old children. This is much different from my previous calling which was teaching the High Priests. But we believe that inspiration comes with the calling. Additionally my wife and I try to go to the Temple at least once a month. We feel that by so doing both we and those for whom we do the work will be blessed. As Latter-day Saints, my wife and I try very hard to be receptive to the Spirit. We believe that at the time of our baptism we received the Holly Ghost as our constant companion. This we feel is the most important thing, to receive guidance and direction in our lives by the Holly Ghost, the third member of the Godhead. And so by living by the Spirit, we believe that our Heavenly Father is guiding us, which helps in our daily lives. But more importantly living by the Spirit will ultimately lead us back into God’s presence. Since my wife and I are married in the Temple of our God by one having the sealing power see Matthew 1619, we believe that we will be together after death, that our marriage will last for all eternity.