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Hi I'm David

A Husband. A Father. A Mormon. A Clydesdale. A Railroader. A Texan.

About Me

◘ I am husband to a MAGNIFICENT lady, who I am nuts about. I hope she'll keep me when I get to the other side! ◘ I am a father to 5 AWESOME kids. Ages early teen on down... ◘ I am a church member, and I try to be active in supporting the church and its objectives. ◘ I am heavier than I'd like, and seem to have the ongoing health project - which will continue to be part of my life. I once completed a marathon in the 'Clydesdale' category - for 'big' boys. ◘ I work for a Class 1 railroad the best one and do all kinds of work and analysis supporting construction of new rail projects. It's very interesting work and I love it. ◘ Born and raised in Texas, I will always be a Texan - but for now, I live out of state and am happy enough to just visit for family vacations.  

Why I am a Mormon

◘ Growing up in the huge city of Houston, complete with all that the world has to offer for either amazing good or evil - - at some time in life I realized that my faith had to be stronger than the borrowed light of my parents (who raised me in the LDS faith.) I am grateful to them- for their lights continue to shine brightly - and they helped me to know that I could know eternal divine truths, myself - independent of any other person (and regardless of what my upbringing had been.) ◘ I have prayed and I know that God is real - that He loves me and cares for me, and that I have a Savior. I am a living son of a living Heavenly Father. I need my older brother, Jesus Christ, and thanks to Him, I have hope of overcoming the weakness of this life. ◘ I feel I have been entrusted a with a few of our Heaven Father's children to teach and raise in the gospel. I have great hopes of returning one day to my heavenly home, with my sweetheart at my side as a beloved eternal companion... To me, NOTHING ELSE IN THIS WORLD is as important as that single goal.

How I live my faith

◘ Right now, I am the Sunday School President for the Papillion Stake in Omaha Nebraska. This is a fabulous group of church members living within a certain geographic area. They are good and kind 'real' people with real problems.' I believe that working with them is a blessing, as there are so many who likewise serve in their responsibilities with dedication and fervor. The members who serve do so much to help the Church, that it really helps me a lot too. I believe we really do work together to help people. ◘ I do this on a volunteer basis, and balance these church service responsibilities with the duties of working at a very interesting job full-time for the railroad, with being a father of 5 and husband. I have many weaknesses, but I have many opportunities to work on those weaknesses in all these roles. ◘ I love to spend time with my family going to places in nature, watching movies, playing/exercising and eating. Unfortunately, there is not enough time to do everything, as much I would like - but with those constraints, I have the very real peace that the time I spend in the service of others, thru my calling at church, and with my family is genuinely 'highest and best use' time. Understanding of church doctrine about the purpose of this life and life both before and after 'earth life' helps keep the most important things in the right perspective.

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

◘ Jesus is the Savior of the world, and the eldest son of our Heavenly Father, and my elder brother. He knows and loves me. He suffered in the Garden of Gethsemane for my sins, and He hung and bled on the cross that I might have immortality. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

◘ I believe that God is a glorified, immortal and perfectly lving Father. He is the Father of all people who dwell on this earth and many others. WE are meant to become like Him and obtain glory and a perfected bidy just like Him. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about family?

◘ We believe that families are so important that we should make every effort to raise our families and live so we can return to live with God. We also believe that our marriages can be 'eternal' not just 'til death do us part.' Living with your family forever is the ULTIMATE GOAL. Show more Show less

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

◘ There is peace in have sufficient for our needs and in having some extra 'laid up in store.... If we can help ourselves, we are in a better place to help others. Show more Show less

Who was Joseph Smith?

◘ Joseph was the man who God called to act as His prophet in the restoration of Christ's Church here in the last days. He also translated the Book of Mormon with God's aid. While only a mortal man (not very different from you or me), he made tremendous sacrifices in order to bless generations to come. I am a living recipient of those blessings, and I am grateful to Joseph Smith for his life and efforts. Show more Show less

What is Mormonism? OR What do Mormons believe?

◘ Mormonism is the nickname of the Christ;s living church on the earth. Christ is at the head of the church and will reign personally on the Earth when He comes again. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

◘ Absolutely. Thomas Spencer Monson Show more Show less

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

◘ By praying to Him and picturing Him as we do so. I believe that He is a loving Father, and that I am His son. I know that He's not always pleased with everything I do, but I know that He loves me regardless. Show more Show less

What is the Relief Society?

◘ The biggest, most awesome organization for love good and charity in the world - completely grass roots, and not advertising its good works. More accurately it is the women's service organization and sisterhood of the church. All female church members over 18 are automatically part of the great sisterhood of the Relief Society. Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

◘ Nickname for believers in the Book of Mormon. Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

◘ Mormon women are marvelous examples of faith, courage and devotion to righteous principles. Men and women are equal in the church, life, marriage and accountability. Show more Show less

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

◘ The Church today is the restored church that Jesus established in His day. With the restoration of the church thruough the prophet Joseph Smith, the Lord called apostles once again, in His church, to be special witnesses of the risen Lord. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

◘ At a local level, Mormon congregations are all led and operated by members who donate time and talents. Experience has shown me that while this can introduce interesting moments, it also makes for a more engaged and accountable congregation. If you don't approve of how someone is doing the job, take the long view, 'cuz chances are, you'll have that job or something like it sometime down the line.  Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

◘ We believe that it is by grace we are saved after all we can do. Grace is the enabling power of the Savior to make up for our short comings in trying to achieve spiritual attainments.We can only be perfect in Christ, thanks to his mercy and grace. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

◘ We believe the Bible is the Word of God, a record kept by prophets of ancient days, and we believe it to be divine insofar as it is translated correctly. The Bible together with the Book of Mormon and other scriptures constitute the canonical books of the church. Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

We have faith in Jesus Christ, our Savior. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

◘ Mormons are Christians. We believe that He is the Savior of the world, and that His teachings are the key to happiness in this life and the life to come. Show more Show less

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

◘ The Word of Wisdom is the law given by revelation to the prophet Joseph Smith regarding what we should and should not use in our bodies. It is a standard that we believe blesses both physically and spiritually. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

◘ Mormons help all people by living the gospel, sharing and serving in times of need. I have personally had many experiences helping both members and non-members alike. Show more Show less

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

◘ The church grows because its truths are familiar and eternal and unchanging in nature. We are God's children and He has a plan for each one of us. This is attractive to people and I believe many people desire the blessings they witness in the lives of people they know who live the values of the Church. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Temples are sacred houses of God where eternal and important ordinances (rites) are performed. To participate in the ordinances, we need to be prepared with understanding and a willingness to make and keep promises with God. In the temple we learn about the purpose of life and our part in the eternal plan. We can also be joined as families FOREVER - not just "'til death do us part." Nothing secret, only sacred - and all are invited to prepare to receive the gifts and make the sacred promises only available in the temple. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

No. Members who want to serve the Lord, and who prepare themselves to qualify for the rigors of missionary work submit an application to serve. Their offering is voluntary, and they can be called anywhere that the prophet calls them, by inspiration of the Holy Ghost. Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

◘ The Atonement of Jesus Christ is the single most important event to ever occur. It encompasses the suffering of Jesus Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane for our sins, his subsequent crucifixion, and resurrection. Because of this, we are able to repent when we do wrong, and have the hope and promise of returning to live with God, and progressing eternally. He did for us what we cannot do ourselves - suffer the eternal consequences of sin, and thus, live eternally pure and clean. It is this for which we are indebted, and for which He only asks our love, obedience, and discipleship.... small price to pay for the greatest of all gifts - eternal life with God and Christ. ◘ The Atonement was necessary because no unclean thing can dwell in the presence of God. And only he was clean and pure. I am unclean, and a in need of a Savior, His forgiveness, and His peace. There is divine power in this sacrifice that reaches beyond the cleansing of sin. Its power helps me have peace and perspective, reassurance from the Holy Spirit, and allows me to deepen my understanding of spiritual things. It also provides a basis for understanding repentance and forgiveness between people in this life, and deepens the meaning of forgiveness when granted between people. ◘ I rejoice in the gift of the Atonement of Jesus Christ in my life. Show more Show less