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Hi I'm Dennis

and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a semi-retired old married fellow now, having worked in the aerospace industry most of my life, as a sheet metal technician, supervisor, manager, finance rep, QA inspector, etc. Earlier, I loved to rock climb i.e. bouldering and hike up in the mountains of California. Have visited several foreign lands in my life: Germany, and other European spots, India, Pakistan. Some years ago I raised pigeons, mostly English Trumpeters. Also served an LDS Mission to West Germany in the 1960s. Still speak some German. Today, I am busy commuting my wife back and forth to her workplace, two-finger typing on the computer, and working in my little metal shop.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was 12, my father, who was looking for the truth in religion, happened across an RLDS Church in Phoenix, AZ. Soon we had their Elders over to teach us about their religion. My dad also free-lanced as a Protestant preacher (we attended the Assembly of God and Pentecostal Churches then), so he was a hard-sell. Nevertheless, he was convinced they had more truth than he did, so we were soon all baptized RLDS. But trying to find a Church closer to us inevitably brought us to the LDS Church in Glendale, AZ, only a few miles away. So, we began attending it as well. Then we discovered they were not the same religion! Now, the Elders from the LDS Church began visiting us and giving us lessons about the LDS religion. We became convinced that the LDS Church had the truth and the authority from God - we were all baptized again, this time as LDS! But when it came time for me to consider going on a Church mission, I decided to do some serious soul-searching, and as a result, I received a most definite answer to my quest that God personally approved of the LDS Church as His only divinely supported institution whereby He will convey what it takes for mortals to regain a life in His presence.

How I live my faith

I live my religion first by obeying the basic tenants required by my Heavenly Father, as a test I perceive, to see whether I am up to it: living the Word of Wisdom – abstaining from black/green tea and black coffee, tobacco, alcoholic beverages, illegal drugs; taking the Sacrament as often as I can, and doing service for the Church. I am always willing to bear my testimony to the Gospel of Jesus Christ as presented by His Church. And I try to tweak my life as best I can to conform to the image of His Son, though admittedly I have a long way to go. Thankfully, the race is not to the swift! Also, my wife and I assist in helping a number of poor students in India get a formal education, and more with an informal education. Seeing them do this is a real satisfaction.

What do Mormons believe about “eternal life?”

Dennis
We have always existed. And we shall always exist. But how well we exist is largely up to us, and completed by the grace of our Savior. Our Father in heaven has a great love for us as His children, and wishes us to become like Him. Therefore, we have voluntarily come to this mortal version of a Telestial kingdom to be tested and prove ourselves adept at increasing our capacity in our quest to be like Him, overcoming all things (Rev. 21:7). Matt. 5:48: “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect” are not idle words. This is our eternal goal, and through that effort, we will learn to know God and His Son Jesus Christ (John 17:3). Eternal life is to develop our “heaven” wherever we are in the universe, by admitting His presence (Spirit) into our lives and conduct (John 17:22). Show more Show less