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Hi I'm Dennis

I'm a tshirt designer. I'm a web developer. I'm a pretty awesome dude. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

In middle school, I discovered a love for creating websites. I began creating little hobbyist sites for various games I played. In high school I moved on to bigger things. I began including artwork in these websites to make them more interesting to view, and even began to sell my services. Realizing I could make money doing what I love to do at a young age was an interesting idea to me, and I began to turn more towards the art side of things. I now work as a freelance tshirt designer and web developer when not attending college at Brigham Young University, and I've even started my own tshirt line. I'm putting that all on hold to serve a two year full-time mission though, because I know that working for the Lord is much more important than working for myself.

Why I am a Mormon

I wasn't an instant convert. I never received some huge sign that showed me that the Gospel is true. I grew up as a member of the Church, attending Sunday School for as long as I can remember. It wasn't until I turned about 14 that I really became interested in knowing for myself that this Church is the correct place to be. I began to really read the Book of Mormon and pray about it and even though I never received an instant answer, I always felt good about reading. I felt like it was coming too slowly though and I still didn't feel anything for sure. As I got older, I began to find myself in situations I shouldn't have been in. Not only had I been warned about these in Sunday School, but I really felt like I wasn't where I should be. I began to seriously pray about what I was doing, and it was then that I really felt like I needed to get back to where I needed to be. I felt like the Spirit had left my life, and after praying to the Lord for forgiveness I would feel completely at peace. I'm not thrilled with what I went through to gain my testimony, but I do know that this Church is the only completely true Gospel upon the earth today. I love that we have a living prophet who receives revelation for us by speaking to God just as Moses did in the Old Testament. I love the Book of Mormon and the things that we can learn from it and I love being able to attend Church every Sunday, to learn from others who have been in the same positions I have.

How I live my faith

I attend Church every week where I am currently a Sunday School teacher for five and six year old children. The kids are hard to control sometimes, but I love the feeling of realizing that I have actually gotten through to them. Even though sometimes I feel overwhelmed, I love being able to help them gain a good foundation in the Gospel and hopefully help them avoid the mistakes I've made. In addition to this, I will soon be leaving to serve a two-year full-time mission. I have been looking forward to my mission from the time I turned two, but at points it hasn't been the easiest decision. I'm constantly reminded of all that I'll be leaving behind: my friends, my job, school, girls. I know that I'm making the correct decision though. If I can bring even one person the same happiness that the Gospel gives me, the money and time I'm giving up could be spent no better way.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

No. Male members of our faith are encouraged to share with others the wonderful gift that we have already found, but those who don't want to or are unable to aren't required to serve, or they can serve in a different manner. Also, women, while not encouraged to as the men are, can still serve if they so choose. Many retired couples choose to serve as well. Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

In the grand scheme of things, 10% of our income is nothing compared to what God has given us. While that amount of money may seem like a huge sacrifice, we are promised that as we pay this tithe, we will be blessed with prosperity. That 10% goes to help us and others as it pays for the construction of meetinghouses, temples and other Church facilities. As for the rest of our money, the Lord can do more with 90% than we can do with the full 100%. Show more Show less