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Hi I'm Dennis Dean Steinhour

I am a husband, I am a father, I am a grandfather, I follow Jesus Christ, I am a Mormon.

About Me

I have been married to Glenda for 41 years(1/5/71); we have four grown children, three boys and a girl and five grand children, three boys and two girls. I am a Master Machinist, a Journeyman Motion Picture Camera and Lens Technician and a Business Manager. I am currently occupied with the fulltime care of Glenda as she has become disabled due to a stroke in May of 2010. Previously to her disability Glenda had been a restaurant manager. Since Glenda’s disability, I (we) have been going through a metamorphosis both temporally and spiritually. My testimony of Jesus Christ has grown and become the very essence of this transformation. I believe that God the Father and his Son Jesus Christ are alive and love me and know me individually.

Why I am a Mormon

When Glenda and I were 25 with four small children we had been discussing religion quite a bit. Glenda had been raised in the Methodist church and I had been raised without religion. We both felt we needed more in our spiritual lives as Glenda had been teaching me the basic principles of Christianity. Growing up I had heard some of this information but was very confused about specifics. Several years into these discussions we became aware of the differences in all of the mainstream religions. It seemed that the more we discussed these things the more confused we got. We knew we had a basic belief in a God and that the Son of God was true, we could feel these truths in our heart just as we knew the love we had for each other was true. Beyond this the religions had so many differences. We not could really understand the differences between the Christian religions. We started to discuss the Mormons as we both had some relatives that we knew were members and we knew they were into food storage and did not drink coke, but little else. It was during this time period that two missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints walked up to us while we were in our front yard and we invited them to visit us in our home. As we explained to them our conundrum and questioned if their church was the same as the others, they began to explain. At that moment we were both overcome by the Spirit of The Holy Ghost and we both saw the Light in Their Eyes as they laid out our Heavenly Fathers plan for us and how the Church of Jesus Christ was taken from the earth and has now been restored. The Spirit testified to us personally about what they were saying was true. We discussed this between ourselves over an extended period of time and found further revelation of truth given to us concerning the Church. We began attending church and reading the Scriptures and were Baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and received the Blessing of The Holy Ghost.

How I live my faith

My faith influences all aspects of my life. I attend Sacrament meeting every Sunday, I arrive contrite and leave replenished. I fast, tithe, read the scriptures including the writings of the modern Prophets and Apostles and pray, all on a regular basis. To the best of my ability I follow the commandments of my Lord Jesus Christ, and when I fail, I repent. I endeavor to assist all people around me without being a burden to anyone. I am learning to ask my Heavenly Father for help in all aspects of my life and to be humble in this life he has given me.

What is faith?

Dennis Dean Steinhour
Faith can be described as a conviction that something ‘is’ without physical evidence, an intuitive truth if you will. As a Mormon faith to me is an insight or knowledge given to me by the Holy Spirit to guide me and teach me the truth of what is around me. I have ‘faith’ that Joseph Smith was a true Prophet of God based on the testimony given into my mind by the Holy Spirit. I am able to recognize this truth through communication of Spirit to spirit because the process is tried and true over years of personal prophecy and revelation in my life. Having faith can therefore be considered to be a confidence embedded within you that God is real, that his Son Jesus Christ is real; therefore you have confidence in Them so as to take action in your life to follow their teachings and examples. Show more Show less

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

Dennis Dean Steinhour
First let me say that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints officially discontinued the practice of plural marriage in 1890. This is a question we hear a lot and for a non Mormon it might be hard to understand why any Christian religion would practice polygamy. I, myself, being a convert to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints spent many hours in thoughtful prayer to understand the principles that allowed these practices to exist. In the early years of our church the members suffered much persecution, even to the point of having male members beaten and sometimes killed. This not only shrunk the membership but left many families without fathers. Our Prophet Joseph Smith was given a revelation from God that instructed him to sanctify plural marriages under the strict direction of the Church. This was viewed as a divine commandment to "raise up seed unto" God. In our faith the family is the cornerstone and not to have the proper Priesthood authority presiding in these families was unacceptable. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Dennis Dean Steinhour
The short answer is no, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints does not endorse political parties. This can be easily demonstrated by looking at the politics of two Mormons, Senator Harry Reid (D- Nevada) and Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah). Senator Reid is a progressive and Senator Hatch a conservative, one a democrat and one a republican; both men are held in highest esteem within the church. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints members are urged to be full participants in political, governmental, and community affairs as their individual conscience directs. The church will however from time to time make statements about public policy that contain principles not compatible with the gospel, but be sure that the only person with the authority to speak for the entire church is the President of the church and he will do so only after long contemplation in prayer and with the council of the 12 Apostles. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Dennis Dean Steinhour
No member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is required to serve a mission, missions are voluntary, and missionaries are not paid for their service. Church members consider it a privilege to show their love for other people and the Lord by sharing the gospel. There is a strong tradition of missionary service in the Church. The Savior taught, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations” (Matthew 28:19). Missionaries generally begin serving when they are from 19 to 21 years old, but many retired seniors; men, women, and married couples also serve missions. Young or older these members must be vetted before allowed to serve in this capacity. Missionaries serve where the church directs and while serving full-time missions they are official representatives of the church. Missionaries come from all walks of life and from all countries and serve all over the world. Show more Show less