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Hi I'm Dennis Paradee

I grew up in Pennsylvania, went to college in Colorado, and taught post-secondary English in Arizona, Michigan, and Illinois.

About Me

After graduating from college in 1968, I worked for AT&T in Denver until divestiture in 1985; I then relocated to Arizona where I worked as a journalist and managing editor for a weekly newspaper. I also taught English at the community college level and worked for a sightseeing airline company until 1999. After moving to Detroit, I was an English professor and placement director for a private business school. I now reside in central Illinois and enjoy substitute teaching for two school districts. I'm married, and we live in a rural setting with our five cats.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because living this religion on a daily basis to the best of my ability has enabled me to be more giving, more caring, and less self-centered. I've come to realize that the passage in the Book of Mormon that reads, "...when ye are in the service of your fellow beings, ye are only in the service of your God" is true when practiced.

How I live my faith

After graduating from college in 1968, I never gave religion a thought. My goals were absolutely materialistic - earn money, live in a brand new house, buy new, expensive clothes accepted by Corporate America, and drive expensive luxury cars. But an unplanned, weekend getaway trip to Salt Lake City in 1977 and exposure to Temple Square opened my eyes to different values and introduced me to a different perspective of life - a life that's Christ-centered. Since then, I've been much more actively involved in helping others help themselves and find tremendous personal joy and happiness by serving others.

What is the Book of Mormon?

Dennis Paradee
I've found that the Book of Mormon - though a latter-day revelation received in more modern times - dovetails nicely with the Bible. When I first began reading the Book of Mormon years ago, I was impressed by the tremendous number of footnotes appearing at the bottom of the pages! Many of them cross-referenced Book of Mormon passages with verses found throughout both the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. Given that Joseph Smith Jr. - the restorer of God's true church on earth - was born in 1805 and lived only 38 years until his martyrdom and the fact that he had very little formal education, there's no doubt in my mind that his translation of the Book of Mormon was divinely inspired; as such, the finished product serves as a second witness to the truthfulness of the Holy Bible itself. And given that the Book of Mormon has been on the earth since 1829, surely someone somewhere would have pointed out discrepancies, inconsistencies, and mistakes found within its pages, thereby declaring the work to the whole world to be fraudulent. For surely the entirety of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints stands or falls on its truthfulness. But that day hasn't come and never will - because the Book of Mormon - like the Bible - contains the word of God! Show more Show less