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Hi I'm David

I grew up in Los Angeles, California. I came to the US when I was 6 years old from Colombia. I'm a recent convert to the Church.

About Me

Twenty-eight years ago I came to the United States from Colombia and, at the age of six,. Like many other Latinos who live in the U.S., I am a first generation immigrant, the child of two magnificent parents who chose to leave their home countries to better their lives and the lives of their children. My parents’ hopes and dreams were pinned on the opportunities that would be available to me through education. Today, I can say without any doubt, that I have fulfilled the dreams of my parents. Their sacrifices over the course of more than twenty years were validated the day I received my degree in electrical engineering from USC. I have since gone on to work for a number of Fortune 500 companies, earned a master’s degree in business administration from BYU, and achieved recognition for my work as an engineer and business analyst solving complex business and engineering problems. My parents are in large part responsible for my successes. I also give credit to the many teachers, mentors, and colleagues who have provided invaluable advice and direction along the way. One of the greatest blessings in my life is my family. I'm the father of two beautiful children, and a husband to a wonderful and loving wife--the best companion a man could want. We are both very similar in the way we look at life. We both feel a passion to serve our families, our friends, and our communities.

Why I am a Mormon

They say a that a 1000 mile journey begins with one step. That step for me began close to 12 years ago when I was first introduced to the Church by a close friend. It would take another 12 years and 10 different missionary discussions to finally realize that I needed to exercise "true" faith to join the Church. In hindsight, it's hard to believe that I'm a member of this Church. Why? I was once one of its greatest critics, so much so that I had given up on the idea of joining the Church. I was never satisfied with the answers I received from family members, member friends, or missionaries because their answers were always to simple. But then again, simple things I've learned can contain profound meaning, and for me I had to finally accept that there was a truth, a way of life so to speak, that I was missing. Unbeknownst to me however, was that in all those years that I opposed the Church both passively and actively, God was softening my heart. He knew very well that my fears and doubts about life could not be answered by the, "things or messages of this world." I'm a Mormon today not because my fears and doubts have disappeared after baptism, but because I've come to terms with the message that Christ taught on this earth thousands of years ago 1 "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind 2 "Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself." I know these principles to be true, as my life has been radically transformed by their meaning. I believe that through the restoration of the Church by the Prophet Joseph Smith, I know that we are once again receiving the fullness of God's teachings. How? We need only to look at ourselves and by how we live our lives day in and day out, not forgetting our many blessings. For me those include my beautiful wife, my two beautiful children, and a supportive and loving family. Now comes the hardest step of all. Living righteously and faithfully according to the will of God.

How I live my faith

Every member of the Church recognizes that the hardest part of being a Mormon is living up to the standard that Christ modeled during his ministry, and that we as Christians have taken an oath to follow beginning at baptism. Therefore, living the faith for me means honoring the covenants I made during baptism as well as when I entered the temple. My faith is also directly correlated to my willingness to serve other people. The beauty of the Church is that service is open to all members in the form of "callings," or service positions. Some are more intensive and time consuming than others; nevertheless the importance of each role cannot be overlooked. I welcome the opportunity to serve others, which is often in the form of helping people move in and move out of the ward. Occasionally, I help with nursery even though I have not been called to participate in this calling. Basically, I will do anything that can help the member of the Church--that is one was I strive to perfect my faith. I also strengthen my faith through my home teaching assignment. Home teaching is a program that encourages members to visit active and inactive members. And lastly, I welcome any opportunity to teach the Gospel. This Church, unlike any I have known in my life, asks a lot of its members for a very good reason though. We are striving to build God's kingdom by spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ. And what better way to do this than through service.