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Hi I'm Dennis

I am from California. I am a medical doctor, now retired, having specialized in Internal Medicine and Nephrology. I'm a Mormon

About Me

I am a father of four adult children, one of whom is married. My wife is an attorney, and I am a physician. I recently retired, though I keep my medical license active. I have started working on my MPH at UC Berkeley. My wife and I are Mexican Americans, California natives, and liberal Democrats. We love to travel, we love outdoor activities. We love the gospel of Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon, because when I was a child, my family was searching for a church. My parents wanted some system of values, in which to raise us. They had attended many churches, and liked some, but never felt completely satisfied. So they continued their search. It was at this time, that they met two Mormon missionaries. My parents said that they had come to understand the gospel of Christ, in ways that they had not, before. Through worship, and study, and putting into practice the gospel of Christ, Christ has become real to me. I am aware of everything that he has done for me, and how much he loves me. That faith has caused me to want to help those around me, who are in need, and to love them as Jesus loves them. It is the continual witness of the Holy Spirit, that keeps me in the faith, and makes me want to continue on this path.

How I live my faith

We feel that it is part of our Christian duty and pleasure, to serve those around us. My wife has been able to help many people, with her legal practice, and has provided a lot of pro bono work, with refugees and political asylum cases. Most of my medical practice was in East LA, and South Central LA, and I was able to provide medical care and advice for many who were uninsured. My wife and I look forward to leaving on a mission in a few years, hopefully into the developing world. Currently I am a one of two counselors to our bishop or pastor. I help him in his responsibilities in looking after the physical and spiritual needs of our congregation or ward. I have enjoyed teaching adult Sunday School classes, and youth classes. I have enjoyed being the Missionary Medical Advisor, to the Leader of all of the local missionaries in my area.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Dennis
Our religion teaches us that all of us our children of our Heavenly Father, and that he loves each one of us, individually. That teaching also tells us, that we are all brothers and sisters. It doesn't matter what religion our brothers and sisters belong to, or if they belong to no religion. We are our brother's keeper, and should look for opportunities to serve one another. As a church we do that, and as individuals we do that. I cannot turn away a brother or sister that is in need. Unfortunately, many people have no insurance and no access to medical care. I have been fortunate, as a physician, to care for some of these people that have crossed my path. I do not care what their religion is. I only care about what their need is, and how I can help them. Show more Show less