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Hi I'm David

I am a son, a brother, an uncle. I like to bike and read and dance. I am a social entrepreneur. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a young professional in my first job after graduate school. I miss being near my extended family but have found fantastic friends in the area through my membership in the Church. I am trying to make a meaningful contribution at work, convince a wonderful girl to marry me and compete in triathlons on the side.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up with very loving parents in a religious home with a strong family tradition of higher education. My own deep exploration of belief and faith occurred when I went away to college and was particularly intrigued by my courses in philosophy, psychology, and the hard sciences. I had doubts about religion, and even the existence of God at that point, but I had a basic belief that God would answer the prayers of honest seekers. I was encouraged to go forward in my search by a series of essays by well-respected scholars who were also faithful Latter-day Saints. I put forth a great effort, reading the sacred works and histories of many religions including the Mormon church. I eventually had two poignant spiritual experiences that I knew I did not, and could not, create with my own mind. Those experiences became the anchor of my cognitive conversion to the gospel of Jesus Christ and I have since been blessed with many wonderful experiences as I have sought to live the teachings of Jesus and the modern-day counsel of the apostles of the LDS church. My life and relationships have been rich and meaningful because of my faith and active participation in the LDS church. It is the gratitude for those blessings and evidence in my life that I am a better person and my life is richer when I seek to follow those teachings that keeps me a practicing Mormon today.

How I live my faith

I am a fairly independent person and could easily be content to pray and worship on my own but I believe Christianity, by its very nature, is meant to be practiced within a community and society. I appreciate being part of a church that encourages me to go out of my comfort zone to be active in service and fellowship with other members of the congregation. I currently have responsibilities in my congregation to assist members in financial difficulties to find employment as well as coordinate community service projects.

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

David
I have always been attracted by the enlightened view of women in Mormon doctrine, beginning with Eve as the heroine in the Garden story, having the faith and courage to make the conscience choice to begin this experience that would give us all the opportunity to ultimately reach greater heights. Mormon teaching and culture produces women who are well educated and dedicated to family. They are ambitious and self-organizing. Regarding equality, if anything I think the cultural norm in Mormonism is the view that women represent God's last and greatest creation, that women are naturally on the right hand of God, and that the men have the burden of the administrative priesthood in order to approach the natural inclination of women to care for and lift up others. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

David
No. Parties come and go. The Church encourages members to be good citizens and active in their community. You can find believing Mormons in most political parties. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

David
The same way the Israelites had to decide whether to follow Moses or first century Christians had to learn if the reports of Paul were true: believe that there is truth and it can be known, listen/learn/have some level of personal experience with the message, use your mind as well as your soul and seek direct guidance from God with patience and conviction. That guidance that come in multiple ways but it will be in a way that is convincing to the individual. Show more Show less

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

David
This was a hard question for me when I investigated the church. I think after thorough study and prayer my answer is...I don't know and I don't know if even some who practiced it knew beyond the conviction that God had specifically instructed them to practice it for a time. My two major theories: If one of the principal events that must occur in the last days according to God's plan is a gathering of Israel, I can see the arguments for quickly raising up a generation who would go out and be the gatherers of the gatherers, to raise a critical population size to have the manpower to preach the gospel to all the world. However, I don't find that the demographic data supports this theory. As I read the histories I find that for those who did enter the practice there was deep and troubling reluctance and eventually honest submission to it being God's command, not the instruction of their mortal leaders. Therefore my only conclusion is that God's commandment for the early Latter-day Saints to practice plural marriage was an Abrahamic test. I honestly don't know if I would have passed. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

David
It is rooted in the Mormon understanding of the Nature of God and the purpose of this life being to become more like God. God's greatest title is Father and Creator of the family of mankind. People and what people can become is God's glory. Family ties and family life therefore are the microcosm of eternity and greatest classroom for developing the characteristics of God. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

David
Jesus commanded his disciples to preach the gospel to all nations as recorded in multiple places in the New Testament. Mormons also believe God has repeated that injunction in modern revelation. It is a daunting yet beautiful practice that God calls for his promises and blessings to be spread through personal interaction, from one person to another, by his everyday disciples. Show more Show less

What is Mormonism? OR What do Mormons believe?

David
I expect that as misconceptions fade and the world comes to better understand Mormonism it will become known as a fourth Abrahamic religion alongside Judaism, Chrisitanity and Islam. Mormons clearly believe in the Jesus Christ of the New Testament as the Son of God and Savior of the world however they are not accurately Catholics or Protestants in the traditional sense. The Mormons are truly a distinct strain in the modern religious landscape. They have doctrinal roots and ties with the Old and New Testaments but Mormonism is fundamentally based on the belief that God is active in modern history through additional prophets, who have brought forth additional scripture among a people who independently seek ongoing revelation of additional light and knowledge from God. Because of the tangible residue of those claims of divine intervention, foremost as the Book of Mormon, Mormonism cannot hide from having perhaps the boldest religious claims in the entire world. Therefore, Mormons believe that we, as modern-day citizens, are ultimately in the same position as the people who lived and heard the preaching of the ancient prophets or first century Christians with the same obligation to recognize truth through the Spirit of God. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

David
Many minority religions are called 'cults' by the majority religions of their day including Christianity in the first century and Islam during the life of Muhammad. When it is used in the media or by other groups as a negative label it is primarily used to sensationalize and arouse fear. All it takes is a little bit of personal experience with the Mormon church to see that those negative labels are sensationalist. Show more Show less