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Hi I'm Dennis

I was born and raised in Alhambra, California at the end of World War II. I had many friends and loved life.

About Me

Several times I've been accused of having an accent. I finally decided it was a "farmer" accent. My parents grew up in rural Utah and they speak a little different than mainstream Los Angeles. After graduating from high school, I served a mission in the Brazilian South Mission. After my mission, I served in the Armed Forces during the Viet Nam War. During that time, I married my sweetheart. We were so young and innocent at that time, but had great plans for a family and life together. We have now been married over 44 years and are grandparents - 18 grandchildren. I am very active, love to hike, ride a motorcycle, travel, write, take pictures, and play with my grandchildren. I love photography and made it my vocation. My most famous picture is the first billboard for In-N-Out Burger, which was displayed on the California freeways for over 15 years. Though I am now approaching the "Golden Years" of my life, my life continues to get better. I have never been happier with my life than I am right now. And, we have many more plans for our future. I have just received a call to serve another mission in Brazil, but this time I get to take my sweetheart. Life couldn't be better. We are looking forward to a wonderful experience, returning to the people I love in Brazil.

Why I am a Mormon

My family, 5 generations back, joined the Mormon Church. Some assume that I am a member because they were. But, that's not entirely true. As I became an adult - after high school - I began thinking more for myself and did what I thought was best for me, not necessarily what my parents wanted. As I turned 19 years of age, I made my own decision to go on a mission for the church. It was while on the mission to Brazil that I learned to truly communicate with my God and receive answers to my prayers. It was there that I gained a solid testimony of the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Every single time I told the story of the restoration, The Spirit bore witness to me that what I was saying was true. I was left with no doubt. When I returned home at the age of 22, I continued on the pathway to happiness. I married my sweetheart in the temple and we had children which brought us much joy. They all married in the temple and have also brought us grandchildren, which have given us even more joy. I have taught Sunday School, seminary, and Institute for many years. I have read and studied all the scriptures from cover to cover and read many books on diverse religions - including non-Christian. Out of all I have read, seen, and heard, there is nothing more logical, or that has made more sense to me, than what I have learned in the Mormon Church. And, no other church or doctrine has given me more happiness. But, my testimony is much more profound than that. Without the testimony of The Holy Spirit, I would still be only guessing about which church to join and/or follow. And, I would always be subject to the many different "scientific" discoveries, and/or thoughts and opinions of man, to point me in one direction or another. Being that I have received many testimonies of The Spirit that Jesus is the Christ and that this is His Restored Church of the Latter Days, my testimony is founded on that revelation and answer to prayer, rather than the tradition of my family.

How I live my faith

I am currently serving as a stake scout committee chairman and enjoy going with the scouts on their trips and camps. I've been involved with scouts since I was 8 years old. My wife and I also love to do genealogy and visit cemeteries around the country looking for our ancestors. She served as a volunteer family history worker for over 15 years. We currently serve together as group leaders in the church ARP (Addiction Recovery Program). It is a wonderful program that helps individuals and families overcome difficulties and addictions in life. We have learned much and are so grateful for this opportunity to serve our fellowman. The program is completely free, available to anyone who desires to better his/her life, and is very rewarding to us as group leaders. My wife and I are now retired and are looking forward to serving in the mission field. As a young man, I served in South Brazil. That period was a turning point in my life. It was a time that I made life changing decisions. It was at that time that I learned to rely on my Heavenly Father and decided to serve Him for the rest of my life. From that time on, I have tried to continually make decisions that would lead me and my family back to my Heavenly Father. Shortly after my mission, I met a beautiful young lady and asked for her hand in marriage. We were married/sealed in the Los Angeles Temple. We were blessed with five beautiful children which we raised in the light of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I taught early morning seminary for 20 out of 36 years and learned to love the youth. I also taught 9 years of adult Institute which greatly increased my knowledge and understanding of the scriptures and the gospel. The gospel of Jesus Christ has provided a path to achieve happiness and joy in this life. At the end of 2011, we decided to work in the Los Angeles Temple as ordinance workers. Serving in the temple every week has been such a blessing for us. We have just been called to serve in the Cuiabá, Brasil Mission.

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Dennis
My wife and I find much peace and joy working in the temple. Our spirits are rejuvenated and refreshed. For us it is the happiest place on earth. Show more Show less