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Hi I'm David

I'm a father, an attorney, and an endurance athlete. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I studied engineering before going to law school. I was married while an undergraduate, and my wife and I had kids before we left law school. "Really?" is common when people find out how many kids we have and when we had them (especially now that we have more kids). But my response is that kids make life worth it--they give life direction; they make life real; they make life funny; they make life everything life should be. And having a partner who wants the same for our family and kids makes all the difference. I read, play, run, throw, hike, camp, swim, and laugh with my wife and kids. We like watching baseball and college football and basketball together. I've run marathons, half-marathons, and long-distance relays, and I've raced in olympic distance triathlons. When there's time left, I enjoy reading and gardening. Life is busy, but life is great.

Why I am a Mormon

I love truth. I love looking for and finding truth. I believe God wants me to know where I came from, why I am here, and where I am going. I believe God speaks to each of us to let us know what we are doing here. And I know God has spoken to me--not with audible words, but with the more convincing words from his spirit to mine. The Prophet Joseph Smith said, "Mormonism is truth . . . The first and fundamental principle of our holy religion is, that we believe that we have a right to embrace all, and every item of truth." I find freedom in the beliefs of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because I don't need to rely on others to know what's true. I rely on God. And the truths I have learned from God make me a better husband, father, and person.

How I live my faith

For me, the most important way I live my faith is by trying to be a better husband and father. Family is the basis for everything I believe in, and I believe that God wants us to be happy here as families on earth to prepare us to be happy as families after this life. God is my Heavenly Father; he wants me to be like him. And I believe he is happy when he sees the steps I take to obey him. Although God is infinite, I believe that I can experience a little bit of his happiness when I see my kids doing things they know I want them to do. Living my faith in my family helps me to more fully know God.

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven't we always had the Bible?

David
We use the word "restoration" in the church, but that might imply fixing up something old (for example, restoring an old car). But for me, the point is that God has always been the same. And he wants us to know the same things he wanted Adam, Noah, Moses, and Peter to know. The "restoration" of the Gospel didn't fix anything that was broken--it brought back to light the true Gospel that God has taught throughout time. Regarding the Bible: I love the Bible because it contains God's word. It teaches us about Christ and how to follow him. I believe that God speaks to all people throughout the world in all times, and I look for truth from God wherever it exists. Believing that God still talks to his prophets on earth in no way detracts from the word of God in the Bible. In fact, for me, understanding that God still talks to us through prophets has increased my love for the Bible. Show more Show less

What are Mormon Temples used for?

David
Temples are peaceful. Life is hectic and stressful, but temples let us leave all that behind. I can sit and think without disruption. Those quiet minutes put life in perspective and let my often hurried mind slow down and figure things out. Christ said that we need to be baptized to follow him and to have all that he can give us. But so many people who have been on this earth haven't even heard of Christ. It wouldn't be right for these people not to have all that Christ wants to give them simply because of where they were born. Temples make it possible for people who believe in Christ to serve people who died without being baptized. That service happens as living followers of Christ are physically baptized on behalf of people who died without being baptized. These deceased people then have the option to accept or not accept the baptism. Show more Show less