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Hi I'm Dave

I'm from Montana, Utah, and Idaho. I have a passion for chemistry and am working to become the first doctor from my family.

About Me

I am 22 years old and newly married to the most beautiful woman on I have ever seen, most of my time is spent with classes homework or with my job. I am an undergrad majoring in psychology with a minor in health professions pre-requisites, and work with the chemistry department on campus. I tend to feel tired a lot with everything that needs to get done but I do enjoy what I study and usually I enjoy work too. I think it will all be worth it in a few years if I can become a psychiatrist to help those with some very difficult diseases and be able to provide so well for my family that my wife does not need to work. I love the teachings of Jesus Christ so very much. He is the reason I have decided to try to do something as difficult as psychiatry and the reason I had the faith to get married at an age I felt was very young. I know when He says "Trust in me," I can.

Why I am a Mormon

Several times in my life I have been able to feel very powerfully that the words in the Book of Mormon are true, and that Jesus Christ is leading this church through inspired men like Thomas S. Monson. Doing the things Jesus Christ has invited me to do has brought so much happiness and purpose into my life I could never give it up. In short, because I've felt God telling me that this is true.

How I live my faith

All the usual things religious people do such as reading the words God gave to the prophets in the scriptures, attending church, and kneeling to pray to God both on my own and with my wife. These things really bring a happiness and feeling of life into my days, but I feel those things are just the first few steps to having a life of following Christ. Being a friend to the lonely or the outcasts, helping the poor or helping the sick, and sharing truth with others when they need it are all things I consider as part of my faith. For me my faith has grown into more than just something I believe or some type of label I wear, it has become the way I measure how successful I am and the way I decide what I am going to work toward. The choice to seek out a career in psychiatry was, for me, a religious/spiritual question because I don't think the money-making part of my life should be separated from the "do-gooding" part. I've always sought God's help through prayer to know where I should be headed and what I should focus on. So, how do I live my faith? In short, by trying to hand over my whole life to God and do what He needs me to. I know it's not much of a present: I don't have an excess of money or knowledge or fame or even above average social skills but I know Christ can make a difference for me and make me more useful than I would ever be on my own.

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