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Hi I'm Dennis

I'm a native of Arizona and a retired aviation engineer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

During my working career, I worked in the aviation industry and for a time as a law enforcement officer. My aviation career took me to many countries around the glove. I very much enjoyed getting to know other cultures and peoples. At age 19, I served a two and one-half year mission for my church in Argentina and speak fluent Spanish. I love the out of doors and have backpacked many of the scenic trails of Arizona. I'm a licensed pilot. I enjoy trying to keep up with the ever-expanding electronic technology. I'm a father of two and love my seven grandchildren. I volunteer much of my time in service to the LDS Church and as a volunteer leader in Boy Scouts.

Why I am a Mormon

I consider myself blessed for having been born into a home where both my parents were Mormons. I was reared with an expectation of high standards of morality, honesty and service. I credit my parents for having given me a strong sense of right and wrong, a love for learning and desire to serve my God by serving my fellowmen. For much of my youth, I relied upon the testimony of my parents as to the reality of the Gospel of Jesus Christ as taught in the Mormon Church. But, as I matured, I found that I needed my own testimony of the truthfulness of the doctrine relating to where we came from, why we're here on Earth, and where we might be going when this life is over. I spent a lot of time studying the scriptures and on my knees asking God if these things were true. I had a burning in my chest on many occasions that I know was the Spirit of the Holy Ghost confirming to me that these things are true. I know that there is much more to life than our short sojourn on this planet. This life is like the second act of a three-act play. There was another very important first act when we lived with our Heavenly Father in our pre-mortal life. In this second act, we are "away at school" learning abut mortal life, being tested and gaining essential experiences and a body of flesh and bones that will resurrect and remain with us throughout the remainder of our eternal existence. I have learned about the importance of families and how families can be together forever in accordance with the eternal plan of happiness that has been set out by our Heavenly Father, who loves us as his children and desires to have us back to live with Him again after we have learned to be obedient while here on Earth. I know that anyone who sincerely seeks to know of these things can come to have the same unshakable conviction that I have, by studying, praying for confirmation of the truth and by trying as hard as they can to be obedient to God's commandments.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith every day, at home or wherever I my be. I serve as a counselor in a Mormon stake presidency. The stake president is the leader of a number of Mormon wards or neighborhoods. There are about 3,000 members of the Church in my stake. In this capacity, spend a lot of time teaching, encouraging and ministering to the members of the stake and the leaders of the wards. I'm grateful to be retired, so that I have sufficient time to devote to this meaningful service. I also serve a the vice-chairman of a district of Boy Scouts of America, which serves just over 6,000 boy scouts in my community. I work shoulder to shoulder with boy scout leaders who belong other faiths and find it rewarding to be helping to bring the benefit of Scouting to as many boys in our community as we can reach. The principles taught in Boy Scouts fit very nicely with the principles taught by the Mormon Church. I have many assignment to work with the youth of my stake and very much enjoy helping them cope with the difficulties of growing up in a largely secular society where almost anything goes. The standards and teaching of the Mormon Church helps the youth find meaning for their lives and to set lofty goals of excellence. I spend a lot of time studying the scriptures and in broadening my understanding of not just the "what" of the universe, but also the "why'. I can't imagine how difficult and confusing this life would be without the knowledge and testimony that I have gained as a life-long member of the Mormon Church.