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Hi I'm Dennis

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My family came to the United States back in 1730 and followed the pioneer trail west arriving in Iowa in 1844. I grew up with my family of two brothers in a rather small farming community in central Iowa. After graduating from high school I joined the Air Force and spent 20 years seeing at least part of this wonderful world we live on spending 10 years in Europe and several locations here in the US. Three of our children were born in Germany, one in Utah, one in Texas and one in Nebraska. After my Air Force career I spent the next nearly 25 years working for a data processing company in various capacities. I am now retired. My wife passed away after I retired but I was blessed to find another amazing woman to spend my life with. She had lost her husband as well. We now have 9 children and 20 grandchildren between us. I love family history, woodworking and gardening. Music has also been a big part of my life. My brothers and I had our own sing/playing group and still get out the guitars and try to harmonize whenever we get the chance.

Why I am a Mormon

I guess you could say I was raised Baptist but our family didn't go to church very much after we got into our teenage years, with mom and dad that is. Because I have always felt a need for spiritual things and because of my love for music I continued to attend church most of the time with whatever girlfriend I had. After leaving home and going into the service that all changed. My oldest brother was in the Air Force too stationed at Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines. His best friend had the courage and foresight to ask him if he would be interested in finding out more about the Church. He and his wife joined and then took every opportunity to tell the rest of our family about the wonderful truths he had found. I've always been really close to my brothers and we were always what I would call pretty good Christian guys but I recognized something different in my brother that made me want to know more. Everything he told me I could feel was true. It answered questions I had had for all my life about where I came from, why I was here and where I was going after this life. There was also the grand news that families could really be together forever. Eventually circumstances allowed me to take the discussions and my wife and I joined two weeks later. I have now been in the Church for over 40 years and I love every minute of it. As I've learned and grown it continues to build on my testimony that the Church is true.

How I live my faith

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, or Mormon's as we are sometimes called is different from any other church I know of. There are no paid ministers so everyone gets a chance to experience so many different opportunities to grow and learn new talents. Over my 40 plus years I have been able to serve in a variety of ways from being a teacher, music leader, clerk, working with the youth, branch president, bishop, and temple worker to mention a few. I am currenting serving as a traveling minister of sorts called a high council man. I get a chance to speak almost every month and help teach new members of the local leadership in one of the local Church units. The main thing though is to live what you believe on a daily basis. This I do by having personal, family, and partner (with my wife) prayer. We then study the scriptures together reading our Sunday School lesson for the week, which this year is the Old Testament, and we read a chapter of the Book of Mormon as well. I also take my grand-daughter to seminary every school day morning, we have weekly family home evening (usually on Monday) where we learn about the gospel, and my wife and I attend the temple and have a weekly date night (usually on Friday). We of course attend Church each Sunday and participate in the other special activities that come along. To me living my faith is a seven day a week thing. The blessings are huge. The promised opening of the "windows of heaven" are much bigger than we can ever imagine.