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Hi I'm Denis Hawkins

I was born and raised in Southern California, where I loved to body surf and play the piano and organ. I am a Mormon.

About Me

Growing up in Long Beach, California, I loved body surfing at the beach. As a young man I served a 2 year mission for the Church in Brazil. I returned to college and received an MBA, then obtained a CMA (Certified Management Accountant) and worked in the financial management and controllership fields. I am now retired and volunteer in the community. I love to bike (both mountain and road), play tennis, and play the organ. Several times a year my buddies and I go hiking in the canyons of Southern Utah, especially around Capitol Reef National Park. My first wife and I were married for 44 years and had three daughters. When my wife was pregnant with our youngest daughter she was diagnosed with cancer and told that she only had 3 months to live. Through the Lord's blessing she was healed and able to raise our daughters and bless our family. After 38 years the cancer returned and took her life. I've remarried a wonderful lady who is a manager of a counseling agency. Together we plan on serving missions for the Church and have now been called to Europe.

Why I am a Mormon

I believe strongly that Heavenly Father lives and loves us and that Jesus Christ is my Savior. They have allowed us to come to earth to gain a physical body and prove ourselves worthy by relying on faith. They have given us the Plan of Salvation that allows us to return to their presence through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ established his church and gospel while he was on the earth, but with the death of the Apostles the pure doctrine was changed and the philosophies of men caused a falling away, or apostasy. Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph Smith, a young man in his 14th year, in 1820, and called him to be a prophet and to help restore the true church, which is now The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Holy Ghost has witnessed to me that these things are true. Joseph Smith, through the gift and power of God, translated an ancient record on gold plates of God's dealings with the early inhabitants on the American continent and of Jesus Christ's visit to them after his resurrection, during which he taught them his doctrine and established his church. This record is known as the Book of Mormon. I have read this book many times and the Holy Ghost has testified to me in my heart and in my mind that it is true. I invite everyone to read it and follow the promise found in Moroni chapter 10 versus 3 and 4, and you will also receive a witness of its divinity.

How I live my faith

I volunteer as a reading tutor in our local elementary school. I've enjoyed working with older boy scouts for about 10 years, going on many camp outs, mountain man rendezvous, and high adventure activities, such as rafting through rapids and hiking through Yosemite and climbing Half Dome. I've been able to hold leadership positions in our local congregations, such as bishop, and visiting with members in their homes to help them through difficult times.