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Hi I'm Denny

Born in California, I was raised in Utah. I have loved acting forever and the people we now serve in our 1907 theatre in Idaho.

About Me

At the young age of one and one half, I told my parents that there were too many people in California and that we needed to get out of there! My father worked for my great-uncle as a plasterer, but took my advice and moved back to Utah to become a life insurance salesman. I grew up in a city with tall, jungle-like weeds in the back yard, where we raised chickens and white doves (they always got out), and inside the house, a basement full of chinchillas. My parents were going to make money in the fur market, but that didn't work out. I was blessed with many talents throughout my life and hoped to use those talents to lift up my fellowmen. I always loved to entertain playing the piano and acting. The first girl I kissed was when I was on stage with a beautiful, "very popular" girl in high school. I later overheard from other girls that she thought I was a "good kisser," even though I think I kissed her nose instead of her lips the first try. The second try must have been better! I attended BYU Provo for more years than I should have, graduated with a double major in Agriculture and Recreation, and was working on a third in Theatre and Cinema, when I tired of school and took a agricultural job in Idaho with the Bureau of Reclamation (the dam and reservoir people), and became a computer programmer/network manager for the Idaho area. This is where I met my wife, had two children, moved to a pioneer community with a 100 year old theatre, and raised my children on stage.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Latter-day Saint family and was baptized when I turned 8 years of age. All of our family were pioneer stock Mormon's and active in church. When I was younger, I thought that everyone in my little town was a Mormon, except, perhaps the two Spanish kids that were my friends in school. But that didn't matter to me. They were still my friends. I have an abiding faith in God, His Son, Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost. They give me my whole purpose in living. Add the power of the Priesthood to that and my family, and I feel that I am the most blessed person in the world. I am not wealthy in a worldly fashion, but have always been blessed with more than I need. I have found that obedience to divine principles and laws, always brings blessings. Many of the world may say that our religion is so restrictive, too restrictive. I beg to disagree! By living the laws of God, I am more personally free than I could ever be otherwise. It is easier to live the commandments, than not.

How I live my faith

I believe that I have always had an abiding faith and growing spirituality since I was a child, taught by my parents. I often find myself looking for the one that seems to be left out. I want everyone to feel good and noticed. I love to serve people in any way. Service projects anywhere, anytime, are always a joy, even though I have had to drag myself to get there sometimes when my attitude wasn't so hot. I always left with a smile. I love serving the youth and have been told that I have many talents to oversee and organize productions, especially with the youth. To see our youth's self-images rise because they were able to grow into their talents and could say, "I did that," makes me grin with satisfaction. I have enjoyed many years in our church and community as a youth leader and advisor. You can't keep me away from the widows and widowers that I learned to love as a Bishop in the church. I helped with many funerals, conducting, speaking and singing (mostly singing since my release as Bishop), and still try to attend their funerals when the pass on. One of the best assignments I have had in the church is to oversee Sunday services at local rest homes for the elderly and handicapped. I loved serving a full-time mission to the Finnish people many years ago and daily continue thinking about those I met, taught and even baptized. I loved telling people about our church then. I love telling people about our church even more now. I love attending the temple as often as possible and love the Spirit I feel there. I have been a Family History Consultant and have found joy in researching progenitors for myself and others. I don't care whether people are members of my church or not. My desire is to befriend and love all of God's children.