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Hi I'm Dennis

I am a father. I am a husband. I am a lawyer. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am an attorney, primarily working with companies to help them with records management and planning for litigation. I love movies and good books, especially science fiction and fantasy. I also love doing things, and going places. And, at the age of 50, I started acting. Now, that is fun!

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a Mormon since 1991, but it is still hard for me to believe sometimes. At the time, we were living in Arizona, where there are a lot of Mormons. I knew our neighbor was Mormon, and learned late that our exterminator was a Mormon, our carpet cleaner was a Mormon, and the woman who provided day care for our youngest daughter while my wife was in classes at community college was a Mormon. My wife met lots of young Mormon men and women at college, and was impressed with their values and their close family relationships. One day, our Mormon neighbor invited us to learn more. So, beginning in January, 1990, the missionaries started coming to our home on Monday nights. We would read the scriptures and listen to the lesson, and then we'd be given homework assignments, which were to read certain scriptures and to pray together about what we read. And every Monday night, the missionaries would answer all my questions. It was really amazing. There were suddenly answers to questions that I had my entire life, questions that I didn't realize I had until the missionaries asked. Why are we here? What is the point of it all? Who is God? Each principle resounded in me with astounding clarity and logic. It all made sense. Much to my surprise, about ten weeks after starting the lessons, we were baptized into the church. And it has changed my life in so many ways. I was never a really bad person, though I had done many bad things. But the Gospel has made me a better person, a better father, a better husband. I am a Mormon because I believe it is the church of Jesus Christ. I am a Mormon because I believe the Book of Mormon is the word of God, just as is the Bible. I am a Mormon because I cannot deny the spiritual experiences that I have had, and the feelings of certainty that come into my heart when I pray about it. I am a Mormon because it is, quite literally, what I was born to be.

How I live my faith

Simply. Every day. I think that says it. Being a Mormon is not something you do on Sunday, it is a way of life. It is following Jesus Christ each and every minute of each and every day. Of course, that is easy to say, and much harder to do. But the Church of Jesus Christ is designed to help us. I have a calling in the church, and I know that people are counting on me, so I do my part and help out. I think about my actions and how they reflect my relationship with Jesus Christ. That doesn't mean I always do the right thing, but it means I know the difference, and I have a real desire to do His will. I guess, in the end, I try my best - most of the time. I realize that I have a long way to go, but I am getting there.

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

Dennis
God chooses his prophets, today as he always has. He prepares individuals for their roles in the premortal life, and, if they are faithful and true, they will achieve all that Heavenly Father has preordained them to do. Everyone in the church sustains the prophet, meaning that we accept him as the president of the church and as God's chosen prophet, but it is not a vote. We cannot overrule God's will. We simply affirm our willingness to follow the prophet's counsel. Show more Show less

What is the priesthood?

Dennis
The priesthood is the power to act on behalf of Jesus Christ here on earth. Just as Jesus exercised his power for the benefit of others, healing the sick, comforting the downtrodden, so, too, is the priesthood to be used today to help others. It is never used for personal gain or recognition, but only to provide for others. Show more Show less