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Hi I'm Dennis

I am a really good husband. I'm a father of 8 great children. I am a business owner. I like to ride bikes. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love my family! I am a father of 5 boys and 3 girls, in that order. They each are rough and tough in their own ways, but also really good, with kind and pure hearts. My sweetheart of 35 years is simply amazing... she loves me and I love her. We both served missions in different parts of the world before we even knew each other, and we look forward to serving missions together after the kids are out of the home. About 4 years ago, I took up road biking. I have ridden over 200 miles in one day, three different times. My favorite ride was LOTAJA, with my 2nd son. We rode from Logan Utah to Jackson Hole Wyoming! I have also ridden RAMROD, STP, RSVP, and other big rides. I bought my first home when I was just 18 years old. That rental paid most of the costs of my two year mission. After my mission to Argentina, I got into the real estate business as a realtor and an investor. I also have traveled around the country teaching real estate investment workshops. Shortly after moving to Washington, I got into the mortgage business. I now own my own mortgage company, and especially enjoy helping first time buyers become home owners. It is exciting to participate in assisting good people achieve their financial goals, including the American Dream of home ownership. I just missed being an April Fool's baby. Perhaps that's the reason my children and grandchildren accuse me of being a big tease. I really don't know what they mean, but I do have fun :).

Why I am a Mormon

When I was 17 years old, I read the Book of Mormon for the first time. I don't even remember why I decided to read it, but the experience will never be forgotten. I wasn't expecting anything special, but Heavenly Father shared one of His tender mercies just the same. As I read the last page of the book, I had an amazing feeling from the Holy Ghost come over me, and fill my soul. I felt His love. I knew then that the Book of Mormon was and is true. I have never doubted it sense. From that experience, it was easy to believe that Joseph Smith was a true prophet, called of God to assist in restoring His true church upon the earth once again. If the Book of Mormon is the word of God, Joseph Smith has to be a prophet, and this church has to be true. Since that time, I have had many special experiences bearing witness to me that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is just that; the church of Jesus Christ. I know it is true! I really do. It is so simple, so beautiful, so complete, so fair, so glorious. I love it. But that's not all. I am a Mormon because the church teaches me correct principles of a clean life. If I did not have the Gospel, with it's rod of iron to grasp hold of, I am certain that my life would be a mess. It is easy for me to be distracted. I thank God for prophets and apostles upon the earth today that sound a clear trumpet, leading the way to righteous principles of life. Finally, I am a Mormon because The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints teaches me who I am. I am a valient son of God, who loves me and encourages me for greatness. In Heavenly Father's eyes, I am worth the sacrifice of His son, even Jesus Christ. This church teaches me of my Savior, of his mission, and what it truly means to be a "Christian". This church teaches me what I must do to prepare to return and live with Them some day. I am a Mormon because I love my God, and His Son, and I want to make them happy.

How I live my faith

What a privilege it is to be serving 130 young men and young women ranging from 14 to 18 years of age. I oversee our early morning religion classes for high school students in our area. These amazing kids get up and attend classes before school, starting at either 5:30 or at 6:15 each morning. I get the opportunity of knowing many of our Heavenly Father's most choice sons and daughters as they study the Old and New Testaments, The Book of Mormon, the words of modern-day prophets and other scriptures. I live my faith by standing as an example, a friend, a leader and a light for them. I also live my religion by serving our Latino community. These good people are so loving and kind. Their hearts are tender and sensitive to the promptings of the Holy Spirit. Many seem to have a unique closeness with God. It is my opportunity to teach leadership skills and principles to them, which then enables them to serve others more effectively. My family adds value to our community by participating in community service projects, and in being outstanding citizens. Each of my five sons are Eagle Scouts. Each has made and are making a difference within their sphere of influence. They are examples of integrity and industry. My three daughters are not a bit behind the boys. They serve as leaders within their young women groups, and help others through tender hearts of compassion. It is my church that has taught me and my family how to give of ourselves without expecting something in return. That's what Jesus did. That's what we are to learn, and what we strive to do.