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Hi I'm David

I'm a software developer, a musician, an educator, an entrepreneur, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

The thing that I love to do more than anything is to spend time with my family, doing everything from playing games, watching movies, doing service projects, playing music, to just hanging out. I'm so grateful to have them in my life. I also enjoy composing and performing music. I have my bachelor's degree in music composition and spent several years after college pursuing a career in music, achieving moderate success. I left the music industry to be able to have the time and stability to start a family. Now, I'm passing on my love and knowledge of music to my children, and we're all having a blast with it. I also love web development and have worked on several online businesses. I haven't had much success yet, but I enjoy the act of creating and working to try to get a business going, and I retain the hope of being successful enough to be self-reliant. As a family, we also love to garden. Most of our little yard is filled with raised beds, and we've had success growing a few types of vegetables each year. It's a lot of work for us each year, but it's great to work together as a family. We also enjoy taking road trips, driving up to New York or across the country to Los Angeles, stopping and seeing as many sites we can along the way. Some of our favorite stops have been church history sites, the museums and monuments of Washington DC, Philadelphia, and we love to visit state capitols and LDS temples.

Why I am a Mormon

I wasn't always a Mormon. I was raised as a Southern Baptist. There, I gained a great love for the Bible and for Jesus Christ, but I came to feel that there must be more to Christianity. I spent several years studying many different religions and philosophies, listening to how I felt about different things as I pondered them, looking for pieces of a universal truth that I knew there must be. It was late Summer when I ordered a Book of Mormon from a television commercial. The following Spring, I made a friend who told me much about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I started reading the Book of Mormon and shortly thereafter went to church. There I met the missionaries who agreed to teach me more about what they believe. I met with them often, asking many questions — questions that I hadn't found an answer to before, such as "If we have a Heavenly Father, do we have a Heavenly Mother?" "If we're to be like Heavenly Father and we're going to be resurrected, does He have a body?" "What's the point of getting married if it just ends at death?" — I was delighted at the frankness and completeness of the answers. But before I was to join such a religion, I needed to know for myself that it really was the one and only truth. I asked our Heavenly Father, in fervent prayer, if this was His true church, promising to live its teachings if it was, and suddenly I knew, beyond any doubt, that this was the truth — Jesus is the Christ, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was founded by and is led by Him, we have a living prophet, and the Book of Mormon is indeed the word of God. Shortly thereafter, I was baptized, and my membership in this church has been such a great blessing in my life and in the lives of my family. That was over twenty years and over half of my life ago, and I am so grateful to be a part of this great work.

How I live my faith

I have had many great opportunities to serve in the church and in the community. I've had wonderful experiences teaching the youth, leading the young men, sharing the gospel, and directing the choir. I also have responsibility to help care for a few families in the ward, and I visit them at least monthly and look for ways to serve them. My wife and I currently lead an Addiction Recovery Group in the community and have had the wonderful opportunity to be instruments in the hands of the Lord in helping to lead some of his children out of captivity. Perhaps the way in which I serve the most is in my own family. My wife and I have seven young children, ages one through ten, with an eighth on the way. We homeschool them and are determined to give them an excellent, well-rounded education, with a focus on service, hard work, self-reliance, and good citizenship. Our Savior is so patient, so loving, so merciful and caring to me, that I cannot help but want to serve him in any way I can.