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Hi I'm Denis

I'm a retired teacher and a crisis counselor who is serving an 18 month mission with my wife in Virginia.

About Me

Carol and I have been married for 48 years. We have 6 children, 21 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. Two of our boys served two year missions for the church when they were 19 years old. One went to Pennsylvania and the other, to Spain. In 1964-65, I was a missionary in Mexico. Following retirement we wanted to serve a mission together. Currently we are in Virginia for 18 months assisting the young missionaries and having wonderful experiences. My professions have been, high school teacher, junior college professor, business owner, fire chief and crisis counselor. One of the experiences I treasure most during my life has been the opportunity to be an influence for good in the lives of my students. In the last few years a love for bicycling has developed. I ride weekly to stay fit and several years ago was able to ride from Canada to the Mexican border. It was a beautiful experience and one I will remember for the rest of my life. Another interest is genealogy, particularly in identifying people buried in cemeteries. The opportunity to image thousands of headstones and make them available to those seeking long lost ancestors has been very satisfying.

Why I am a Mormon

Some of my ancestors joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints shortly after it was restored in 1830. One of them, Patty Sessions, and her husband, David, walked from Maine to Ohio to Missouri to Illinois and finally to the Valley of the Great Salt Lake. They suffered persecution and deprivation for their beliefs. I am very grateful to these people for the sacrifices they made that demonstrated their conviction and commitment to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I have many blessings in my life because of them. To me, the importance of the Church is that it teaches principles of daily living that help me make a contribution to my community and be committed to my family. These principles help prevent heartache and allow me to find happiness. Above all, they help in my most important responsibility; being a good father and husband. Attending church each week reinforces my resolve to be a good person, to treat my family and fellow beings with kindness and respect, honor my covenants (promises) to Heavenly Father and be a good citizen. The Gospel of Jesus Christ helps me understand where I came from, why I am here and that I can be with my family after earth life. This knowledge brings me true happiness.

How I live my faith

Because the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints church has a lay ministry, I have been blessed to serve in many positions. These include being a missionary, a leader of several organizations, a Sunday School teacher, a finance clerk, a counselor and a mission leader. Each position has developed talents that help me make a contribution to society and raise a good family. Because of the Church's emphasis on being an active member of my community, I have served on a city council, was a volunteer firefighter/EMT and president of the Chamber of Commerce. My wife was the mayor of our community and served on the school board. We believe that through service we will find happiness and improve the lives of others. At one time I served as a precinct committeeman for a political party. The church emphasizes our participation in the political process but takes no stand, nor does it seek to persuade us how to vote unless the issue is a moral one. We are encouraged to study the candidates and issues, then vote for those we believe will serve the best interests of our community, state and nation.