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Hi I'm David

I love my wife. I love my family. I love to ski! I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a husband and father with five children and four grandchildren (so far!). I love to snow ski and used to teach skiing. I work for a large multi-national software company and I work with computers and people all over the world. I have traveled to many countries and lived on four different continents. Through those travels I have come to learn that, in many ways, people are the same all over the world. We love family and children, we love to laugh, we know what is right and wrong. Yet with the many similarities there is much to be learned from other cultures.

Why I am a Mormon

I had an older brother who died at just three months old from what was then called "crib death". Neither of my parents were Mormons at the time. My mom had been taught in another religion but my dad really had no religious upbringing. My mom was told by one of her church leaders that their tiny baby would not go to heaven because he had not been baptized. She knew this couldn't be a true doctrine. When the Mormon missionaries knocked on their door a few months later and taught my dad and mom about the restored gospel and how tiny children are not locked out of heaven if they die in infancy, they were interested. They studied, prayed, and received a confirmation they should be baptized. As for me, even though I grew up in the Church, I had to know for myself these doctrines and principles were true. I reached a point when I could no longer live on "borrowed light". In other words I could no longer just take my parent's word for it, I had to know for myself. I too studied and prayed and asked Heavenly Father to confirm to my heart and soul the truthfulness of the restored church. I received a powerful witness confirming these truths. On countless occasions since then, I've had additional confirmations as I've learned more deeply of the doctrines and as I've made sacred covenants with the Lord.

How I live my faith

I am leader of the church in my area, with ecclesiastical responsibility for over 4000 members. I provide several hours of service each week as I train bishops and other local church leaders, meet with individuals who are seeking spiritual guidance, and manage the affairs of the church here where I live. I consider it a great blessing to serve others through this wonderful responsibility.

What is the difference between attending a Mormon Church and a Mormon Temple?

David
Each Sunday we meet for three hours in "church". These weekly church services are open to everyone, both those who are members and those who are not. During this time we have a meeting we call "Sacrament Meeting" where we partake of a sacramental communion of bread and water. We remember the covenants we made with the Lord when we were baptized. In addition, we have Sunday School scripture study classes grouped by age and we also meet in separate groups of children, youth, and adults (both men and women meeting separately) for additional gospel study. The temple is a holy place, reserved for members of the Church, where we go to make sacred covenants with our Heavenly Father. It's also a place of quiet meditation and prayer. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

David
No, we worship God, our Heavenly Father. We revere Joseph Smith as a great prophet who was called upon to restore the church to the earth. A restoration was necessary because the priesthood, or authority of God to direct His church, was lost after the death of Christ's apostles. Show more Show less