Hi I'm David
All my ancestors for over a hundred years were Mormons. I studied nuclear physics and mathematics in school but I am a translator. I worked in military intelligence as a civilian for nine years. I have thirteen children, nine boys, all of whom are old enough are Eagle Scouts, served missions, have or are working on advanced professional degrees. Only three of my children are married. The rest are still looking for companions having similar backgrounds and values. I served a mission in Brazil. I am a Ward Clerk. I have made many ancient language discoveries. I have been able to prove that every word translated by Joseph Smith is translated correctly. I like to restore antique cars and am currently restoring a 1938 Chevrolet and a 1924 Ford truck. I collect antiques and restore antique clocks.
Why I am a Mormon
My parents, grandparents, and great grandparents were born into the church. My great grandfather was selected by Joseph Smith to help him escape from the mobs and select a place of safety for the Saints in the "mountains of Mexico." He raised thoroughbred race horses and was a surveyor and surveyed Provo and owned Stewart Falls and built the first permanent house in Provo. I have always known the Church was true and never at any time doubted it for an instant. I have been able to reconcile every apparent problem with the perfect compatibility of Science and Religion.
How has attending Church services helped you?
There are strength and power that come through the brotherhood of the Priesthood that is felt every time I attend Priesthood and Sacrament meeting. The promise of the Savior that where two or three meet in His name, He will be there also, is always kept. In this regard, the whole is always greater than the sum of the parts.
How has The Book of Mormon helped you understand the purpose of life?
I should say something about the Book of Mormon as a translator of ancient languages. I have been able to translate all of the proper nouns in the Book of Mormon - there are approximately one thousand! Every word I have translated makes perfect sense in the context in which it is used. It is utterly impossible that any scholar, however well educated, could have made up this book, let alone a young man in his early twenties with no formal schooling whatever! I and my family read five pages of the Book of Mormon together every day after dinner. We have been doing this for over a quarter of a century. We read the entire book from cover to cover three times every year. By the time my boys go on missions at age 19, they have already gone through the entire book nearly sixty times. I have a perfect knowledge that this book is inspired. This book offers worked examples of Christian conduct in all walks of life and has been and is a model for the conduct of every member of my family.
How I live my faith
Like Abraham, I seek to know all of the Holy Commandments because I know they are all based on a higher intelligence than we have here on earth. It is only by living the commandments over time that we begin to assimilate the intelligence upon which they are based. I know that all temptation is based upon deception, and that no man is more intelligent than the commandments that he keeps. I know that those who commit sins have their minds darkened and believe things that are not so and disbelieve things that are so. The greater the sin, the greater one's knowledge base is trashed. It is only by learning and keeping all of the commandments quickly and strictly that we become capable of seeing things correctly. I love light and truth, or in other words, intelligence and knowledge.