Hi I'm Dave
I'm a husband to a wonderful wife and together we have four great kids: three boys and a little princess. I'm a partner in a small business that we're working hard to make a larger business, but it's a struggle every step of the way. My family and my faith help me stay positive in the tough times and helps me more thoroughly enjoy the good times.
Why I am a Mormon
I started out as a Mormon because my parents were. But now I'm 42 and don't really need to do anything just because my parents did. I'm a committed member of the Church because I firmly believe it is true. As a young man, I received witness from the Holy Ghost that the Book of Mormon is true scripture as is the Bible. Since then, I have received many further witnesses as the Holy Ghost confirms many other aspects of truth to me. I served as a missionary for the Church for two years in Japan and am grateful for the opportunity I had to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with people there.
Please explain the part prayer plays in your life?
As a partner in a small business, I've had times when I've felt there is no way to keep out of financial destruction. I remember a certain morning that I couldn't see a way out. I pray every day, but in times like this my prayers get more serious. I sincerely asked God if things would be ok. I asked if we would find a way to make the business successful. Before the prayer, I was so depressed, I wouldn't have cared if my life had ended right then. But while I was praying, a peace came to me that gave me an assurance that things would be right and that we would be successful. That was about 18 months ago. We're not wildly successful as a business, but we've made incredible progress and can clearly see our path to financial security again. We're not there yet, but the assurance I received that day through prayer and the other assurances I've received from the Lord at other times, have kept me going. It has made all the difference. I would have given up without that help from the Lord that came through sincere prayer.
How I live my faith
The main way I live my faith is by going to Church. That alone doesn't make me a good Christian, but it provides a proper atmosphere and gives me the instruction I need to more closely follow the Savior in my life. With the help of church attendance, I learn principles to guide my life and progress toward how Jesus wants me to live. The Church also gives me many opportunities to serve others. I believe service to others is the greatest way to progress toward living a Christ-like life.