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Hi I'm Dennis James

I grew up on the tennis courts in Bountiful, Utah and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I met my wife on the stage of our High School musical, The King & I. I was the King and my wife was painting the scenery. We are now the proud parents of 7 children and 16 grandchildren with 2 on the way. I am an attorney and my wife paints and teaches art at the university. We love to bike, ski (water and snow), dive, and hike. We have had fun opportunities to hike in Nepal and Peru. We have had fun family biking adventures to Holland, Ireland and Canada. We love to devote at least a week of each year to Lake Powell because of its beauty and warm water.

Why I am a Mormon

The foundation of my life is the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I live God's laws because I have witnessed that they are the path to happiness and joy. There is always a price for transgressing God's laws and that price is misery and broken lives. Christ's atonement is my hope to return home to Heavenly Father. My wife and I have built our marriage and our family on this foundation and we are now in our 42nd year of marriage. Christ taught, "he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it." We testify that this is true. We desire to wear out our lives in service to others, first, each other, then, our family, then our friends, and then, those in need within our sphere of influence. Christ is the way. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the vehicle. Come and jump on with us and enjoy the ride, the ride to true joy here on Earth and the ride home to true joy with our Heavenly Father.

How I live my faith

We are service missionaries (volunteers) in the Inner City Project. We work with people struggling with financial, health and medical, and employment issues. We are working with some who have even experienced homelessness. We are working with a young woman from Afghanistan whose husband was recently sent to prison for armed robbery. Now she is on her own and totally unprepared to be on her own. We are working on education and employment issues so that she can be come self-reliant. We are working with a woman who grew up in an orphanage in Puerto Rico whose husband walked out on her 14 years ago and left her with a 2-year old son. We have been breaking down barriers to her bettering her employment and think she will soon have a new job at 3 times her current salary. We are working with a family from Pakistan with the challenges you would expect adjusting to American culture and the American way. We are working on GEDs, jobs, job improvements, and medical issues. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints devotes tons of resources to helping the poor and we are grateful for the opportunity to serve in this Inner City Project Mission trying to assist the poor in rising above their circumstances.