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Hi I'm David

I'm an MBA student at BYU. I'm autistic, bipolar, and the author of a blog called (Gay) Mormon Guy. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Right now I'm an MBA student at BYU, but my passion in life is teaching. Whether teaching a 5-year-old how to tie his shoes, a 25-year-old to find greater faith, or a 65-year-old to use a computer, I'm in heaven. My past experiences include video game design, writing books, and professional opera... which, together, describe, my greatest goal in life - inspiring people (including myself) to fall in love with truth. Everything in my life revolves around my love of helping others learn. In my spare time I write a blog about how I find hope and peace while living my life with bipolar, autism, and same-sex attraction.

Why I am a Mormon

There have been countless times in my life that were hard... and I've struggled to understand my purpose in life. Having same-sex attraction means that my biggest dream in life - falling in love and having a family of my own - is far more complicated than just finding the right girl. It may not happen during mortality. Having autism makes it hard for me to make friends, and often I feel incredibly isolated, even when surrounded by people who love me. But as a Mormon, I know that I can pray to God... and that He hears my prayers. And so I ask Him my questions... and He answers me. I share my fears and hopes, and He fills the needs that no one else can. Sometimes the answers come immediately, and sometimes it takes years. But as I turn to God and look at my life through the lens of my faith, I learn and grow - much more than I could ever learn without it. And that perspective then allows me to bless the lives of others. I've found my greatest happiness in helping others to learn to make good decisions in their lives - helping them to be happy. And so I am a Mormon because, with the perspective it grants me, I learn best. And that same perspective helps me to help others in the world.

How I live my faith

I'm in a young single adult ward right now, and I love it. I'm actively involved in the church scene - planning activities and movie nights at my house, teaching in the Sunday School, and coordinating the music and choir for worship services. Beyond that, I focus on helping the people around me, wherever I am, to build their own faith. I write to people who are in crisis with their own faith, or undergoing depression, and try to help them turn to Christ and their religious leaders. And for the last 6 years I've written blogs and articles about the hand of God in my life. I share what the Lord has taught me, and invite my family, friends, and the world to apply those same principles in their lives.

Why is it important for us to take care of our bodies? Why are our bodies called temples of God in the Bible?

I served as a missionary in Italy and fell in love with Italian food. But, at the same time, I realized that eating too much of that great food easily interfered with everything from sleeping to speaking to riding my bike in Italy, food=love, and everyone loves the missionaries!. After praying for guidance on what to do, the Lord helped me make changes in my personal eating habits so that I could be a better servant and more able to do His work. As I changed my eating habits to be healthier and healthier over time, I began to see differences in my life. But it was much more than just being attractive, or even other physical aspects. While those were important from one perspective, I began to realize that my physical health - and the way I treated my body - had a major impact on my spiritual well-being. It was easier to study the scriptures, make good decisions, and reach out to help others when I kept good care of myself. And the wisdom I received from my added clarity of mind helped me to understand questions I had pondered my entire life. Our bodies are temples of God because they house our spirits. We are spiritual children of God having a physical experience everything we feel or sense - from the conversations we have with others to our prayers to God - is colored by the relationship we have with our physical bodies. Show more Show less

What are some things that tell to you there is a God?

When I feel totally and completely alone in life, I kneel at my bedside and ask God to help me know that He is there. My problems don't go away. My tears don't disappear. Life doesn't get easier. But, in some way, God lets me know that He is involved in my life, that He loves me, and that I'm on the right path to return to Him. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Fulfilling, stressful, inspiring, draining, hard, rewarding, and nothing like anything else. Membership in the Church requires you to put God at the top of your priorities - in everything. And, when you do, God literally becomes involved in the everyday affairs of your life. Show more Show less

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

There is a clear distinction in Latter-day Saint doctrine that is key to understanding the Church's attitude regarding homosexuality. Everyone is a child of God. Everyone has infinite worth and has the ability to receive the highest blessings that God has in store for His children. Hence black and white, male and female, and even someone like me - autistic, bipolar, with same-sex attraction - can participate fully in the Church and all of its blessings. God loves us, and understands our needs completely. He wants us to be happy, now and in the next life, hence His Church teaches revealed truth that will lead us to eternal happiness. While same-sex relationships may meet deep physical and emotional needs, true happiness in this life comes from following our pathway to eternal happiness - as God can perfectly see it - living a life that follows His commandments completely. This will always entail considerable sacrifice and change on our parts, and those living with same-sex attraction are no exception. In that case, it means never engaging in homosexual activity or any sexual relations outside of the bonds of marriage between a man and a woman. Ultimately, the promise of the "good news" of the gospel is that, no matter who you are or what you face, following the principles and commandments of God will always bring lasting happiness... and that following God will always be better than any alternative. Show more Show less