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Hi I'm David

I am from the Rocky Mountains. I teach Jr. High, practice karate, and am an AmeriCorps alumni. I am a Mormon.

About Me

My wife and I were married just over a year ago and I just landed my first teaching position. Needless to say there is a lot of pressure as we prepare for the coming school year, look at homes to buy, and figure out transportation, but we are excited for the changes and trust that God will guide us. One of the main focuses of my life has been service. Ever since I was young, my father would take me when service opportunities arose. We helped people move, cleaned their yards, shoveled snow out of their drives, etc. When I was a student in college I served in the university service center and have tried to keep service as a part of my life. I love the home teaching program that the LDS church has but into place. It gives wonderful opportunities to serve those that live near by and to become their friends. In my free time I enjoy reading/listening to books, Facebooking, practicing karate, and of course going on adventures/trips with my wife. I love old things, so museums and the mountains are my friends.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints however, that is not why I am still active in the church. I am still here because I have learned for myself that God himself founded this Church as a restoration of the Church that Jesus Christ founded during his sojourn on the earth. In the bible James teaches that “if any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God...” pg. 1538 King James verse 5. That is exactly what I did. I asked God in the name of Christ if this church is His. I have felt that this is His Church through the power of the Holy Ghost who Christ said would “teach us all things” pg. 1353 King James verse 26. Now after 25 years of life I have lived according to the restored gospel of Jesus Christ and I have felt through my life and faith that God loves all his children and will invite all of them to join his true church. All we need to do is ask in faith and he will direct us.

How I live my faith

I pray, study the scriptures, read the words of modern-day prophets, and develop Christ-like attributes in my relationships with others. As a teacher in the public school system, sometimes I have students who cause me to through up my hands in desperation. I feel like there is nothing I can do for them; yet, as I learn about Jesus Christ, I find that my patience increases with these students and I am able to make connections with them that will hopefully lead them to better activities. When I feel ill will toward anyone, I contact that individual and let him or her know that I am sorry for my role in causing hurt feelings. This practice has allowed my social and familial relationships to flourish where they would have otherwise failed and I owe it to the teachings of Jesus Christ and his invitation to all of God’s children to repent and come unto him. I also live my faith through service. The Book of Mormon teaches, That when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God p. 148. Jesus taught the same principle when he said, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me p. 1233 KJV. In the church every member is given a responsibility to help the kingdom of God on earth. Right now I take care of and teach young children the message of the resorted gospel of Jesus Christ in church.. My wife serves with me. We prayerfully prepare a lesson each week that will help the children grow closer to God and their family.

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

David
The Church does not hate men and women that are homosexual. The last president of the Church stated, “our hearts reach out to those who refer to themselves as gays and lesbians. We love and honor them as sons and daughters of God. They are welcome in the Church. It is expected, however, that they follow the same God-given rules of conduct that apply to everyone else, whether single or married" “Why We Do Some of the Things We Do,” Ensign, Nov. 1999, 54. This point is so important to us because God has revealed that in order to enjoy all the blessings he has prepared for us after this life we need to be bound as an eternal family which consists of mother, father and children. God wants all of his children to enjoy all the blessing he has for them and that is why He reaches out to them to help them over come their difficulties. Show more Show less

Who founded Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

David
The founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day-Saint was named Joseph Smith. Many people believe that we worship him because we mention him so much when talking about the church. This is not true, we worship Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior and God as our Heavenly Father. They called Joseph to bring back the same organization of the Church that Christ had established when he walked the earth. In the end the true founder of this church is Jesus himself. That is why it is called The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

David
My family has not always lived in the nicest of places; however, my parents have always taken where we are and made it heaven on earth for me and my brothers and sister. There are four children including me in my family; my sister is the oldest, I follow her and I have two younger brothers. I love them very much even though as kids we did not always get along. That may have been one of the biggest challenges for my parents. I always fought with my sister and the brother that is closest to me in age. My mother never gave up. As often as she could she gathered us together to pray and to read scriptures. My father, no matter how much I complained, made sure that we were always present when someone moved into the neighborhood or needed their woodpile moved. Their love and patience paid off. I have a burning testimony of Jesus Christ as the Savior and Redeemer of mankind and have the confidence that I need to be successful in life. I enjoy these blessings because I have had support from my mother, father, and my siblings. We support one another because we love one another. This is why family is so important in the church. It is a place where children can learn how to apply correct principles in their lives. Strong families also make strong communities and countries. For more information about specific church beliefs on the family, see http://www.lds.org/topics/family-proclamation Show more Show less