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Hi I'm Denis Nurmela

I'm a radio talk show host, college professor, author/speaker, consultant, husband, father, grandfather and I'm a Mormon."

About Me

My passion is creating, however I am not an artist. I have lived my passion through the creation of several successful businesses over the years. I love my wife and 6 children and enjoy the years of grand-parenthood. We live on acreage and enjoy working outside growing fruit trees, a garden and raising several types of animals. I'm a college professor, teaching business classes and speech. My bachelor and master degrees are in leadership and organizational studies. I'm currently a doctrinal candidate in business administration with emphasis in entrepreneurship. I'm a business radio talk show host, writer, speaker, and business consultant in addition to being an active member of my church.

Why I am a Mormon

After following a pathway to become a Catholic priest in the late 1980's I was introduced to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I was very active in the Catholic Church at that time serving on the parish council, as youth director, and teaching catechism. The deciding factor for me to become a member was the speed and strength of the Spirit of God that came to me when I prayed about the validity of the Book of Mormon as Holy Scripture. I participated in the missionary discussion lessons for the next week and was baptized a member on August 2nd, 1987. Since then I have maintained my activity in the church and have served in many church callings which have given me experience teaching, leading and sharing my life with others. My family has been strengthened by the church and the principles our Father in Heaven teaches through His leaders.

How I live my faith

My service in the church has ranged from teaching the very young to leading groups of adults. Church leaders pray about who should serve in different roles of the church (callings) and make changes appropriately. This inspired method of service has opened my heart and mind to many new ways to serve my fellowmen. I believe serving others is the only way to keep from becoming selfish. Temptation in this world is overpowering. Serving others helps us to learn how to live a Christ-like life and keeps sin at bay. It is nearly impossible to become selfish while serving others.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Denis Nurmela
In the same way the we can't scientifically "prove" that we love someone, we also can't "prove" in scientific terms that we love God or that our religion is true. We can however prove to ourselves through a confirmation of the Spirit that these things are true. If we were to prove them scientifically then there would be no need for faith and our free agency to believe would be removed. Receiving a confirmation of the truthfulness of the church comes through being able to discern the Spirit over emotional and intellectual impressions. This discernment is gained through prayer. Some people can tune in quickly, while others must pray many times before they can recognize the finer qualities and nuances that are unique to the Spirit of God and not felt in emotional or intellectual impressions. Show more Show less