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Hi I'm Dennis

I'm a husband, father and grandfather. I love my family, camping, kayaking, scuba diving, firearms and bear claws. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a father of eight children and a grandfather of twelve (currently) grandchildren. I am now retired after teaching middle school for a few years, going back to school and changing my career, and for over 30 years practicing as a professional Civil Engineer. I hope I finally got it right after all that practice! My wife, Pam and I met at the university while I was an English major and she a Child Development major. I took her to a Little League baseball game for our first bonafide date (I was a big spender). She was wearing a long burgundy dress with cream colored flowers one of the first times I saw her. She was singing in a choir and the way that dress moved when she did, and how she smiled nabbed me. We have now been married for more than 40 years, and were sealed in the Oakland, California temple for time and for eternity. Through the years we've camped extensively as a family, and kayaking, fishing and firearms , along with small projects have been my passion. that is, my passion after my children and grandchildren!

Why I am a Mormon

My father died when I was 7 years old. His passing brought many questions about God and the passage of time among family members and friends. Eventually I formulated my own thoughts of how we related to God, and determined no formal church was required to worship Him. Later, as my grandmother's health was failing, those same questions arose, and I had no answers for most of them, at least nothing that gave any peace of mind. My grandmother recovered, but those nagging questions remained. I subsequently met a young woman who introduced me to missionaries. My experience with servants of God teaching His truth was dizzying. I wondered why I had not heard these teachings before, and why I felt so peaceful and really, uplifted. Those nagging questions now had answers, and those answers brought relief and joy. And, as these elders taught of the Book of Mormon and modern day prophets, I truly understood that God is a loving and unchanging God. I have prayed to Him regarding the truth of the Book of Mormon and He has confirmed it to me. I love the Savior and am grateful for the grace of His atoning sacrifice.

How I live my faith

Having eight children allowed us to be active in both the community and church. I enjoy the small town we live in and we've tried to be involved in community events, service projects, and the myriad of organizations to which our children belonged. I have been a scout leader, soccer and softball coach, fundraising organizer, and ecclesiastical leader. I have taught young children and teenagers. I have profited by being associated with outstanding men and women and boys and girls in both our community and church. I have struggled at times to divide my time among work, family, church and community, but it has been rewarding and uplifting.