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Hi I'm Dennis

I'm from Las Vegas, NV. I am attending BYU Idaho. I served my mission in Fort Worth, TX. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Well, I was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada, and I grew up in a big family...I have 3 brothers and 2 sisters, and we all get along really well for the most part. I graduated from High School in 2008 with an Honors degree and for the most part did really well. I served in the Texas Fort Worth Mission for a period of 2 years.

Why I am a Mormon

I was baptized when I was 8. However, like any group, being a member and being converted are two completely different things. Up until I was about 19, I went to church and everything and did everything my parents told me to. However, at that point, I began to question certain things. I started to wonder if this was just a bunch of hocus pocus...a bunch of just outdated traditions passed down, or if this was the real thing. I intended to find out the truth for myself. I realized that I would just do what everyone had said to do and try it...I read the Book of Mormon. It took me about a week and a half to get through, and when I was finished, I knew. The things contained in the Book of Mormon, cannot be made up. There is a certain hidden power within the words that one can feel as they sincerely read it. Even in the hardest times, when I question my faith the most, deep down, I cannot deny the power and truth that that book contains. The wonderful thing about it, is that everyone can know for themselves the truthfulness of this work, and I invite all to do so...what do you have to lose? Read the Book of Mormon, find the good in it, and read with an open mind. I promise that the truths held in there will seem familiar to you and will ring true within you. I so testify of that in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

How I live my faith

I have seen the life changing possibilities that come with using Christ's Atonement firsthand, and so I was called to Texas to share that with everyone else and help them to take the opportunity to use that very same power to better their lives.We do not force those researching this, all we did was invite. It is up to the individual to find out for themselves if what we share is the truth.

What is a ward/stake/branch?

The church is organized geographically by wards, stakes and branches. A branch is a small group of Saints who do not have the amount of leadership necessary to be called a ward. As there is an increase of members a branch can eventually become a ward. A Stake, however, is a collection of branches and wards that is still very local and helps to organize it and keep it a community. The great thing about having this organization is that no matter where you live, you have a congregation made up of local members who aren't too far to help out you and your family in any way. Through this organization, it is easier to "watch over the church" and to make sure all is well in Zion. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

The thing about joining the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, is that it's not just "another church." It is Christ's Church. It is a way of life and therefore requires a lifestyle change and affords a call to greatness like no other. The way is hard, but the reward is unlike anything anyone could ever know unless they've experienced it. Show more Show less

Why is authority to perform a baptism important?

I think the answer to this question comes right out of the Bible, in fact. Since Adam, God has called prophets and given them authority to administer the church and to act in his name. We see this also when he eventually sent His Son, Jesus Christ. Christ definitely had authority from God and he gave that to His Apostles in John 15:16 where he says, "Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you." The easiest way to understand this, however, is actually in Christ's baptism in Matthew 3: 13-17. It's important to note that Christ walked 40 miles to meet John the Baptist when he couldve just gone to a Pharisee and been baptized. John the Baptist was a Levite and was given that authority through his lineage. Hebrews 5:4 says, "And no man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron." The Priesthood Authority has now been restored today and is used actively to bless the lives of people and to perform saving ordinances such as baptism in the Church. Baptism is a commandment of God and is something we do out of obedience to our Heavenly Father. Christ did say in John 3:5, "Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God." So, it is important that it is done by the proper authority. Show more Show less