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Hi I'm Dennis Baldwin

I was born and raised in Iowa as a Catholic. Sue and I were married in 1971 and we have four daughters. I'am a Mormon.

About Me

I was raised in Charles City Iowa not too far from where I was born in new Hampton. After graduating from high school I attended a junior college in northern California. In 1968 I enlisted in the U.S. Navy where I met Sue through a friend who was her uncle. We were married and moved to the Quad cities where we raised four beautiful daughters. We have been married for 43 years and have four grandsons two granddaughters and one great grandson. I started as a machine maintenance apprentice at John Deere Davenport Works and retired after 30 years. I enjoy fixing things and have remodeled houses and maintained our income properties over the years. I enjoy shooting pool on our league, shooting, fishing, trading securities and riding my motorcycle.

Why I am a Mormon

Sue and I were raised Catholic. We attended a CEW, Christian experience weekend a Cathloic program open to anyone. After that retreat Sue and I ask ourselves why can't every week provide this kind of spiritual joy and happiness? A number of years and retreats later, our daughter, who was a junior in high school, started a job preforming at the Jackson hole summer stock theater in Wyoming. Some of the cast were LDS members which were influential by their actions. She took the member discussions out there after returning to Iowa she went to Provo and was baptized. As parents we were happy that our daughter was going to a Christian church. One day my wife came to me and expressed concern that if our daughter was to get married in the temple and we weren't members we could not attend. This was unacceptable to my wife and my job was to find out what kind of a cult religion our daughter got into. And this was the beginning of how and why we became a Mormon. The word of wisdom was the stumbling block for us mostly me, coffee, social drinking, and gambling. As time went on we continue to be taught I decided to put myself on a one month probation and refrain from these things that were against the word of wisdom. I wasn't going to join if I couldn't follow the rules. After attending church every week for about six months, being fellowship by great active members I could not ignore the promptings of the Holy Sprit. I excepted and was baptism along with my wife, she had been waiting for me. I have a testimony that this restored gospel through Our Savior Jesus Christ and His Church here on earth has changed my life. It has a constant influence on decisions that we make daily.

How I live my faith

After the circumstances that I and my wife experienced just before joining the church and the changes in our lives afterwards drives us and is what motivates me to want to help not only our friends but those in our community. The spirit that was introduced to us through the missionaries, active members of the church fellowshipping us before we joined is the motivating factor that has became part of our lives. I work with the missionaries when they call and go out and answer questions from those looking into our church. Shortly after being baptized I still had a lot of questions mainly pertaining to the book of Mormon, I remember asking how long will it take before I know what's going on and all my questions will be answered? I was told to keep reading the book of Mormon and pray about it and maybe in about five years you'll have a pretty good understanding and then you still won't know everything. I continue to read and pray about understanding so I could answer questions from my friends, relatives, coworkers as well as neighbors. Five years after I was baptized our ward boundaries were changed and I was called to be the Bishop of the new ward. This became a very humbling experience for me I was responsible for areas of the church that I really had no idea how they interacted, details that you would learn if you actually were involved with these organizations. I relied on the spirit to help with our new wards main challenge reactivation, assist those are in need of help both spiritually and temperly. Our ward consisted of a large number of chiropractic Palmer students which moved in and out on a regular basis. I learned that members of this church are dedicated and receptive to the needs of others. I have a strong testimony of the power prayer just be careful what you pray for.