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Hi I'm Dennis

I love to travel read and learn. I love sports. I am an attorney. I am married and am father of 5. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a rural Arizona community, the oldest of eight children living in a two bedroom trailer in the middle of the desert. Close quarters have lead to close relationship with each sibling. I love traveling, reading, hunting, fishing, sports and especially doing any of these activities with my 5 kids and spouse. My family relationships are the greatest treasure in my life. I have an undergraduate degree in international business, a masters degree with emphasis in telecommunications management, and a juris doctorate degree. I have worked for my employer for more than ten years. I started working for them on their telephone help desk and have also held positions in the mail room, support engineering, field installations, account management, and am currently employed as the general legal counsel for a 600 person software manufacturer with offices in over 15 locations globally.

Why I am a Mormon

My father's parents were converts to the LDS faith, but my mothers family have been Mormon for many generations. That being said my membership in the church is a conscious personal acknowledgement of spiritual experiences and a personal relationship I have with my Savior, Jesus Christ and our mutual Father who is in heaven. I am grateful for the gospel of Jesus Christ and that it is not a respecter of persons, wealth, nationality, race or any other discriminatory class that imperfect men create. All our Father's children on this earth have the opportunity to partake of the joy and eternal blessings, not some select few. Even my ancestors that may not have had a chance to accept the "good news." I have always been disappointed in teachings of other faiths that seem to exclude others from the opportunity to have the same eternal blessings. This means that my relationship with God and his Son are personal. Regardless of how I am perceived by others (positively or negatively), nothing others do or think will change my personal accountability to live to the gospel standard the Lord has set. As a consequence of using a divinely provided standard, all people everywhere, in all walks of life, and in every circumstance have the same personal opportunity and ability to know our Savior and His Father and that personal divine relationship does not need to be mediated by another.

How I live my faith

The gospel of Jesus Christ is and always has been administered by believers without respect of pay or earthly rewards. Each member is encouraged to spend efforts in upholding and sustaining their fellow members and helping further the effort Christ started by bring additional souls unto him. In this regard, in the past I have taken on responsibilities of teaching young men, teaching in Sunday School lessons to adults, and serving a two year mission in Japan all on a volunteer pay-my-own-way basis. Additionally, I currently serve as a leader in one of our service oriented organization, the High Priest Group, and as a home teacher in my local congregation. It is additionally important to me to be involved in my community, so I have been a primary participant and starting member in my neighborhood community garden project. I am also involved in my sons scholastic and athletics efforts by being in the leadership of our local high school booster club.

What is Mormonism? OR What do Mormons believe?

Mormons are believers in Jesus Christ. We believe that Christ personally reestablished His church here on the earth after mortal men distorted his teachings and fell away from the Church and gospel He established while He lived on the earth (2 Thessalonians 2:1-3; Acts 20:29-30). The term "Mormon" is derived from the name of a prophet who abridged a number of ancient prophetic records into a single book which is called the Book of Mormon. The Holy Bible and the Book of Mormon together testify of Christ's divinity and establish precious gospel truths that will lead us individually back to our Heavenly Father's presence. Many of the truths the Book of Mormon helps reestablish are truths that have caused schisms and dissensions throughout the ages and were the subject of debate during the Reformation. Mormonism, or as it is more appropriately named 'The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints', does not claim to derive its doctrine or any teachings from any source other than from Christ directly. We boldly claim that Jesus Christ not only still lives, but that he loves each of us and plays an active roll in the lives of men on earth today. Most importantly, each person can individually know by their own direct experience from divine sources the truth of any of these claims. Show more Show less