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Hi I'm David

I grew up in West Virginia. I'm a professor of educational technology. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love listening to music, reading, writing, taking pictures, and playing basketball. I'm a father of five.

Why I am a Mormon

I've had a number of spiritual experiences reading scriptures that have strengthened my faith. Particularly as I've read from the Book of Mormon, I've had a quiet, powerful feeling confirm to me the truthfulness of what I'm reading. Following the commandments also has brought me terrific peace in my life. As I try to live my life as my Heavenly Father expects, I get the feeling that my life is generally in line with what He wants. I'm also a Mormon because I wanted to marry my sweetheart in a holy temple, where the power of the Priesthood could seal us together for all eternity. Knowing that our family will still be together after this life is one of the greatest sources of happiness in my life. I'm definitely looking forward to forever with her.

How I live my faith

My wife, my children, and I take time each morning to talk about what we need the Lord's help with that day, to sing a song together, and to pray together to ask for help and support. Each evening, we get together again and tell each other what we were thankful for that day, sing a song together, pray together, and read scriptures as a family. These little rituals keep us close, keep us up-to-date on each other's lives, and give us an opportunity to feel the Spirit together each day. NIghtly scripture reading in particular gives us a regular opportunity to talk about God, how He wants us to live, and how He wants to bless us. As an individual, one thing I try to do each day is say my morning prayer and read my scriptures before reading email or the day's news. This is one of several things I try to do to show my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ that they are the top priority in my life. I'm so grateful for all the blessings they've given me and the incredible Plan of Happiness they've prepared for each of us.

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

David
Mormon missionaries will talk with you about Jesus Christ, testify that He is the Son of God, and explain why He is so important in our lives. They will tell you about God's plan for His children, and how important families are in that plan. They'll answer questions like, "Where was I and what was I doing before I was born?," "What is the purpose of my life on earth?," and "What will happen to me after I die?" Most importantly, Mormon missionaries will teach you how to use prayer to find out for yourself if what they are teaching you is true. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

David
Mormons do not worship Joseph Smith. However, we revere Joseph Smith as a great prophet, just as we revere Moses and Noah. Joseph Smith was the first prophet of modern times, and God communicated important truths through Joseph Smith just as He communicated important truths through Noah and Moses anciently Show more Show less