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Hi I'm Dennis

A father of 4, a grandfather of 11 going on 13, devoted husband, enjoy hunting and fishing, and obstacle races. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up a "Navy brat." My father was a career sailor and we traveled all over the U. S. and Japan. Military life is hard on families and as a consequence, I have what I call the "All American Family." I have a brother and a sister, a half-brother and half-sister, a step-brother and a step-sister, and an ex-step-brother and an ex-step-sister. As I have told my story to others, they are amazed at all the turmoil and upheaval I went through. However, I never thought of it that way, because I did not know life could be any different. Until I met a young woman at college in California who introduced me to the LDS Church. My wife, the same one that introduced me to the Church, and I have been married 39 years, raised twin boys and two daughters. Our vacations are mostly spent traveling to visit our children and their families. Grandchildren are great! So far, all the grandchildren enjoy fishing trips with granddad. My oldest grandson shot his first deer a couple years ago. I was in the Navy when I joined the Church, and then married while in the Navy, as a consequence, I never served a mission as most young men in the Church do. My wife and I are anxiously looking forward to the time we can serve as a missionary couple. Since I retired, my wife and I spend a lot of time at the gym, biking, and taking care of the house. I have found that I enjoy the challenge of obstacle races and mud runs. It is like reverting back to your boyhood when you played in the dirt.

Why I am a Mormon

At some time in their life, everyone will have a desire to seek the truth about God and religion. I found myself at this juncture as a sailor when I was 20 years old. I found myself going down the same road to alcoholism just like my father. While at the Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland I realized my father’s path that led to multiple marriages and endless heartache, was becoming mine. I desperately wanted to change that path. While on leave waiting to go to the Naval Nuclear Power School, I again began dating that same young woman who had introduced me to the LDS Church two years previous. This time I wanted to know with sincerity whether the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was the true church on the earth. I read the Book of Mormon, attended church, quit drinking, and prayed that the Holy Ghost would help me know the truth. I remember the day I learned of its truthfulness like it was yesterday. That was another juncture in my quest. Once you know the truth and you know that God knows you know it, how can you deny what you know? I am not a perfect person, never will be, but I will never deny what I know to be true. After being a member for over 40 years, I have observed Christ’s Church in action. I have seen many lives changed for the better, learned that families can be united forever, and understand what it means to hold the Priesthood of God and act in His behalf. I am a Mormon because this is the true church of Jesus Christ on the earth, and I know this is where he wants me to be. This is why I have found true happiness.

How I live my faith

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is not just about going to church on Sunday, it is about living in the service of others. True happiness does not come from aquiring wealth and material posessions, or simply gratifying ourselves. I spent much of my early life believing that is what I should focus on. My father served our country in the Navy during the Korean War, Vietnam, and through the Cold War. My father-in-law was in US Army artillery during the Korean War. I served in the Navy toward the end of Vietnam. One of our sons has served in the Air Force and a son-in-law currently serves in the Army. I am very proud of our family’s service to our country. However, each of our children has strong families of their own and is raising their children to respect God and keep the laws of the land. This will do more to strengthen our country than the biggest military we could fund. "What can I do to help my family?", or "What can I do to help my neighbor?" These are the questions He would have us ask. Our Savior set the best example for us, he lived to teach us and gave up his life to provide an atonment whereby we can someday return to our Heavenly Father despite the mistakes we make in this life.