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Hi I'm David

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hi! I just started my medical residency in the Emergency Department at Truman Medical Center here in Kansas City, Missouri. I moved here from Colorado with my wife and two daughters. My days at the hospital are pretty fast-paced and hectic, and my wife doesn't have any easier of a time running after our girls while simultaneously running after-school science education programs and working on her Master's degree. I don't have a ton of time for much else, but I like to run, hike in the mountains, and relax. I also like to draw, and to cook; one of these I am getting better at, and the other one I am getting worse. I won't tell which is which.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the LDS church, but it was in my first year of college that I decided that - surprise! - my parents really did have my best interests at heart and had been teaching me true principles all along. My decision to do the best I can to live according to the gospel is affirmed every day as I see the confusion and uncertainty in the world. It would be hard to live life with no hope in anything everlasting and constant. I mean really, life's hard enough anyways. I have faith in Jesus Christ, in the saving power of the commandments he has given us, and the wisdom in the counsel of his messengers both ancient and modern. I'm glad I have a tiny bit of knowledge of things that are beyond the daily ins-and-outs of life.

How I live my faith

Right now, my wife and I run a class for tiny kids so that their parents are free to attend other classes. The kids range from 16 months old to two and a half years old, and we have about 10 of them. They are.... a handful, to say the least. But it's strangely fulfilling, and definitely exercised a part of my psyche that might otherwise atrophy, as many people my age rarely interact with kids at that stage of life unless they are a preschool teacher or a pediatrician. It brings up a good point, though, which is that one of the great things about how this church is run, is that you always have a job to do, and it changes pretty frequently. Before I was doing what I'm doing now, I was a part of a committee that oversaw a bunch of other young married guys like myself; we met pretty often to go over service opportunities, missionary opportunities, and teaching opportunities in our area. And before that, I was in charge of teaching improvement; holding special classes for other teachers in the church, going over concepts and methods that would improve teaching skills. Before that, I taught a Sunday school class for 9-year old kids every week. Before I was married, I was in charge of planning parties and activities for the college kids; we went camping, river rafting, had bonfires and barbecues, as well as service projects and movie nights.