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Hi I'm Dennis Hanks Karpowitz

I am a Mormon. I am married, with six children & 18 grandchildren. I have 4 brothers. I am a psychologist and emeritus professor.

About Me

I enjoy most being a husband, father, grandfather and brother. It is wonderful to love and associate with them. I taught about marriage and family life for 40 years at a major state university. I have also enjoyed a small part-time practice in clinical psychology. As a counselor, it has been a blessing to have the trust of others who would share with me their challenges and their joys. I hope I have been of help to them. I enjoy finding my ancestors, learning about them and providing, by proxy, the saving ordinances for them in the temple. I enjoy building computers and doing some "light" programing. British mysteries are my favorite videos. I exercise most days and have enjoyed good health for almost three-fourths of a century. I am happy serving others.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was young, I read the Book of Mormon. I could visualize the prophet leaders in the book. They became my heroes. The messages of the Book of Mormon have strengthened my faith in Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world. As the years have past, my appreciation for the principles contained in the book have expanded. Trained as a social scientist, I respect a critical, question asking approach to life. I have taken to heart the counsel of Moroni, a prophet in the Book of Mormon, who invited all to read the book and ask in faith if it comes from God (Moroni 10: 4-5). I know for myself that the Book of Mormon is from God. It has helped me throughout my life. I have become closer to Jesus Christ and have felt His help in my life. God is “no respecter of persons,” (Act 10:34). What He has revealed to me, He will reveal to any honest, truth seeking individual. I invite you to read, study and ponder the messages of Book of Mormon. It will bless your life as it has blessed mine. The church Christ established when he was upon the earth has been restored again. The heavens are open and God communes today with living apostles and prophets as He did in the days of biblical prophets. God’s purpose is to bring about “the immorality and eternal life” of all who will choose Him (Moses 1:39). Developing faith in Jesus Christ will give all strength to meet the challenges of life. Life after death is a reality. Christ was resurrected, and because of Him all will be resurrected and live forever. God loves all of His children and has made it possible for all to hear and accept His plan during this life or after this life in the world of spirits before the resurrection (Alma 40: 11-12). Like the vicarious atonement of the Savior, saving ordinances of the gospel may be done by proxy for the dead in temples that are all over the earth (1Cor. 15:29). Thus, justice and mercy are available to all. Living the gospel brings me happiness. I invite you to come, investigate, and see.

How I live my faith

Each month I visit the homes of individuals and families the bishop has asked me to visit. I have learned much from them and hopefully given them something in return. I served a mission in Berlin, Germany for 2 1/2 years. I have enjoyed teaching about the gospel to adults, youth and 11 year-old children. For six years, I served as a lay minister responsible for a congregation of about 600 individuals. For 15 years I served to minister with two other men with responsibility for 12 congregations. I served a mission with my wife where we instructed teachers how to implement courses on strengthening marriage and strengthening the family. For the past five years, I have served in a temple, helping people with temple ordinances for both the living and the dead. Right now, I am the temple president. I also enjoy serving in our community in soup kitchens and in counseling pro bono. These are ways I believe I can also serve God. I am just an ordinary person, but these opportunities to serve others have blessed my life. It is a privilege to work with so many wonderful people in good causes.