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Hi I'm Dennis

I'm a 53 year old father of four--plus two awesome grandkids! I'm an electrical engineer in Colorado Springs. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have an awesome wife; we've been happily married for 32 years and look forward to getting older together. We have a four children (ages 20 to 31) scattered from Utah to Georgia and two boisterous grandchildren. We're anxious and excited for them as they begin their own journeys in an uncertain world--working and studying and finding out who they are and what they can accomplish. They're worth everything in the world to me and I pray constantly for their growth and welfare. I'm an engineering manager in a large aerospace company responsible for satellite operations and engineering support. It's a perfect job for someone that enjoys dabbling in a range of engineering and scientific disciplines, with a liberal dash of business and finance thrown in. I have degrees in Physics and Electrical Engineering and love math and science applications. In my spare time, I enjoy the outdoor activities in Colorado from skiing to fishing to sightseeing. I love traveling with my family. I also enjoy music of all kinds and singing with my wife.

Why I am a Mormon

I've been an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Later Day Saints for as long as I can remember. My mother comes from a long line of church members and I appreciated their gracious, consistent example of simple, but deep faith and quiet commitment to living Christian principles of kindness, fairness and charity. My father was an adult convert and I watched closely his journey of investigation, discovery, conviction and personal improvement. As I grew, I accepted the challenge to gain my own testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ through study, prayer and service--testing the principles through trial (and much error) and seeing them bear fruit in my own life and in the lives of many around me. As a physicist, I love the logic, precision and consistency of the gospel principles I've studied; but stand in awe of the beauty, scope and grandeur of God's plans for all his children in the much larger universe of His concern that I can only begin to imagine. (And I'm delighted that He's called prophets, poets and musicians--rather than physicists--to explain his gospel truths and express His love for us.) I've felt His love and personal concern me and my family and I'm convinced He loves all his children just as much. I'm proud to be an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and appreciate the focus and encouragement it gives me to learn more about Jesus and follow His directions in concrete, practical ways. I'm convinced that Jesus himself directs the activities of the church through the living prophet he has raised up and sustains. The church is an human organization, with imperfect members and leaders trying to do their best (and often failing), but with an all-powerful Lord to give direction and correction and His merciful grace to catch us when we fall.

How I live my faith

My church activity gives me opportunities to serve I would rarely consider on my own (I'm prone to be fairly lazy if left to my own devices) and stretches me in ways that only God knows I need. I have to humbly praise and thank Him for getting it right time after time. All callings in the church are voluntary and unpaid, and I always receive more blessings and growth than I deserve. It's simultaneously rewarding and humbling to see God's hand in the simple things He asks us to do. Currently, I lead a Bible study class with the high school students in my congregation. We meet every morning before school (23 teenagers at 6am!) to study the Old Testament--from Genesis to Malachi. Next year we'll study the New Testament--from Matthew to Revelations, and we'll tackle The Book of Mormon the year after that. In a four year curriculum, the students learn about God's interaction with His children over the course of thousands of years, from Adam to the present day. On a daily basis I and the students learn about the Lord's love and concern for us, and the tragedies and triumphs of many generations in many lands that either turned away from Him or accepted His saving grace. I go to work every morning with an extra bounce in my step after studying with "my kids". It's HARD work, but worth it. I've served in other church callings over the last 34 years including a 2-year mission to Germany; Sunday School classes for children, teens and adults; organizing Boy Scout and youth group activities; and several lay leadership positions in the congregation. I think/hope I've gained skills, empathy, confidence and faith in the Lord from my various church service opportunities; increasing my capacity for my equally (or more) critical roles in my marriage, family, workplace and community.