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Hi I'm Dennis

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up as a member of a Protestant denomination in the Eastern United States. I didn't meet a Mormon until I was home for a summer job during college. The next year I looked up the Church and found when and where it met. I attended church each week, studied the scriptures, met with the missionaries and prayed about everything I was seeing and learning. I received a witness from the Holy Ghost that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints truly was the church of Jesus Christ and four months later I was baptized. Later I served a two-year mission for the Church in Germany. Six months after I returned home, I married my sweetheart in the Washington D.C. Temple. We have four wonderful children who have been a great blessing in our lives. I have always enjoyed programming computers and have made a career of software development. It's the creating part of it that attracts me to it. I love to read and enjoy all sorts of books, but science fiction and fantasy are favorites. I also enjoy movies. My favorites blend action and drama with a touch of humor. However, with a family, career, service and house to take care of, hobbies have not occupied a lot of my life.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was a teenager, I determined that I really believed there was a God and that Jesus Christ was His Son. I tried to live according to the teachings of the Bible, at least as well as I understood them. When I encountered the L.D.S. (Mormon) Church, I learned about it as the restored Church of Jesus Christ. If that claim were true, that it was literally Jesus Christ's church, then that's where I would need to be. I studied and prayed for months. Finally I became convinced that if this was not the restored Church of Jesus Christ, then it probably didn't exist on the earth. (For those who come from a Protestant background, the concept of closer to the truth rather than "true" would be familiar.) I would say that I was intellectually converted at that point. I met with the missionaries the next Sunday and asked if I could be baptized. Only moments later I received a spiritual witness of the correctness of that decision. I found myself crying, which I never did, while at the same time feeling warm and joyful inside. It was an experience I had never expected and will never forget. That was many years ago now. It has been a privilege to be a member of Jesus Christ's Church. I better understand the Atonement of Jesus Christ now. I understand how to make that effective in my life so that I can receive the promised peace that passeth understanding. I have had many more confirming experiences over the years. It has been a blessing to be able to help others come to the same knowledge that I received through the Spirit those many years ago. I truly believe that the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ as found in the L.D.S. Church would bless the life of anyone who would live it. It certainly has blessed my life and that of my family.

How I live my faith

As I look at my life, I feel so blessed. I want to give something back. I have always enjoyed helping others. The Church gives us structured ways to do this by assigning us to watch over other families in the Church and to help them. I have good memories of taking sons with me to help single ladies by doing repairs on their homes. There have been many other unstructured ways of helping others as situations arise. Our family has also been the recipient of such service. I have always been interested in our youth and I have enjoyed my interactions with them. I've been able to go as a Scoutmaster to Scout Camp, as a "Pa" on a Pioneer Trek and as a bishop talking with them about the issues of their lives. Throughout my career I have sought to be involved with professional organizations and to give back in some small way to the development of others in the same career path. In some cases these have been large organizations. More recently it's been in the form of user groups. I believe in giving in all ways. Generally I see my purpose as trying to improve the world around me by bringing a little more warmth and happiness to those in the circle of my acquaintance at work, in the community and at church.