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Hi I'm Dennis

I'm the CEO of an international business, a part-time farmer and father of 7. I'm grateful to be a Mormon.

About Me

I am the son of German immigrants who arrived to this country as tobacco sharecroppers in Kentucky back in the 1950s, just shortly before I was born. My mom was a war refugee and our life growing up was humble, but we truly lived the American dream. My dad worked hard to achieve the goal of owning his own farm. By the time I was a teenager we were living on our “new” farm in northern Indiana. It had been owned by elderly Amish people and we spent a lot of time and effort providing electricity, plumbing and heating, as well as quite a bit of paint, to our new homestead. That was a long time ago and since then I have done many things. I am the founder and president of a company that uses computerized mapping technologies to help manage information about the world’s critical infrastructure assets. My business takes me around the world from the US and Canada to Australia, Europe and sometimes South America. In spite of all the high profile travels my heart is still close to the roots of our family farm and all the things hard work taught me while growing up. Now that my parents are gone I still spend some time running the farm but most of my extra time is spent enjoying life with my wonderful wife as well as my seven wonderful children who are now setting roots all over the country as they grow up and raise their own families. I’m a grandpa of four, but also the father of a delightful six-year-old daughter, who is doing her part to keep me feeling young.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents did a wonderful job of raising me with good Christian values but there were always a lot of questions I had that I just could not answer until the missionaries from the Mormon Church began to teach me their lessons. I enjoyed going to my old protestant Church, but I felt it was an ancient Church and I never had a clear opportunity to communicate with God. I was so pleased to get more instruction on how to pray, and to get answers to our prayers. It was unusual for me at first to hear that we have a living prophet, but when it was explained to me that we can receive continuing revelation from God it was very comforting to know that God is very much alive and that he loves us and is guiding us today, just as he has done in the past for all of his children. Another very comforting thing to me was to understand how fair and loving God is to all of his children as it relates to Heaven and Hell. As I learned about the plan of salvation taught by our Church I realized that this earth is a place where we can learn and grow and become ready to meet God after this earthly life. As we strive to do what is right we have nothing to fear. The foundation of our Church is Jesus Christ. I have learned so much about the Savior since joining the Church; I love the Holy Bible and re-read the 4 gospels every year, but I also have had my foundation solidified by reading of how he taught others that “were not of this fold” (John 10:16) through the writings of the Book of Mormon. The magnitude of Jesus’ atoning sacrifice is something that is still overwhelming to me, but I know that he lives, and that he loves us and I feel the comfort he gives us. It has been a great blessing to teach these principals to my children. It has given them a great anchor in their lives as they progress and begin to raise their own families. The more I study and learn, the more I realize what a great eternal plan it is.

How I live my faith

I know my high school English teacher wouldn't approve, but in my book, faith is an action word. It has to be exercised or it will go away. I strive to live my faith in many ways. Over the last four years I have been president of the men's organization in our congregation which has allowed me to serve over 100 families. While I have been able to do many nice things, I feel like the service has strengthened me more than anything I have been able to contribute to others. Faith is also a personal thing and I've been able to grow my faith by daily prayer and scripture reading. As I get older I have a passion to learn more about the gospel of Jesus Christ. The scriptures, combined with guidance we get from modern-day revelation provide a great strength to me. Finally, I can't say enough about how important being a Dad is to living my faith. Parenting is the most challenging thing we ever do, but it is also the most important. As I participate in my children's lives I am drawn closer to my Father in Heaven and his master plan.