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Hi I'm Dennis

I grew up in Toronto. I taught high school level Math to low vision and blind students in Brantford. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I have recently retired from teaching. My wife and I have been married for almost 31 years. We have two adult children who no longer live at home. Our daughter is a probation officer, and our son is a welder. I enjoy reading novels. I would like to get involved with volunteer work in my community - perhaps in a free tax preparation program.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised a Roman Catholic by righteous parents who were avid churchgoers. They got me in the good habit of attending church each week, and taught me about Jesus Christ and the importance of keeping the commandments. I had the opportunity of learning about the LDS faith from my older brother, and remember him explaining to my parents about living prophets and the Plan of Salvation. He taught me that Jesus Christ did in fact set up a church during His ministry upon the earth. After the death of the early apostles, God was no longer able to direct the Church, and there was a general apostacy as the pure teachings taught by Christ and His apostles were replaced by the teachings of men. Eventually, Christ's church was no longer found on the earth. In the 19th century, the Lord called a prophet by the name of Joseph Smith to re-establish His Church once again on the earth with a fulness of His truth. It has the same organization and authority as His ancient church. I have learned that all churches on the earth have some truth, but The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint has a fulness of all truth, as well as all the authority needed to perform all of the ordinances of the gospel (such as baptism, etc). One of the things that intrigued me was the Plan of Salvation. This plan answers the three profound questions: Where did I come from? Why am I here? Where am I going after this life? The true answers to these questions can provide peace and direction in life.

How I live my faith

In our church, we do not have a paid clergy, so everyone has an opportunity to serve in the church in various volunteer capacities. I am currently serving as a clerk in my local LDS congregation (called a ward). I take care of membership records, and have an assistant who helps with financial records. As a clerk, I meet with the leaders of our ward. There is a weekly early morning meeting with the bishop and his assistants (called counsellors) to discuss local church affairs. There are semi-monthly meetings that include leaders who are in charge of children, youth, adult women (called Relief Society), adult men (called Elders Quorum and High Priests Group). In our church, we have what we call a home teaching program. LDS families in the ward are visited at least once monthly. Home teachers, generally consisting of two men, teach the families a spiritual message and care for their needs. I have an assignment to visit seven families.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Some believe that only grace is needed for someone to be saved, and others believe that only our obedience to God's commandments will save us. The truth of the matter is that both are necessary. We cannot save ourselves; we can only be saved by grace through the atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ, but God expects us to all we can do (no matter how small that is) to show our love for Him and to progress. The Book of Mormon teaches this very simply and beautifully as follows: "It is by grace we are are saved after all we can do." Show more Show less