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Hi I'm David Davis

I'm a Mormon. I joined the church in 1967. I am married with 10 children. I have been a lawyer for the past 35 years

About Me

I graduated from Michigan Technological University in 1971 with a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering. I served four years on active duty in the United States Army and an additional 10 years in the Army Reserves and Florida National Guard. I am Airborne (Senior parachutist), Ranger, and Special Forces qualified. I also served a tour in Vietnam. I graduated from the University of Florida Law School in 1978. I have worked as an Assistant Public Defender for the past 32 years. I primarily focus on death penalty appeals, and I have represented almost 90 men and one woman sentenced to death before the Florida Supreme Court. I married my wife in 1975 in the Oakland Temple. We have 10 children. Four boys and six girls. We adopted the last two, Sergei and Maxim, from the Ukraine in 2002. Five of my children have served missions (Russia; Long Beach, Ca; South Africa; Temple Square, Phoenix, Az.) I have served in several callings in the church. I have been a scoutmaster for 10 years and other youth callings. I have been in several bishoprics, and was on the stake high council for several years. After returning from Vietnam in 1973, I taught a Sunday School class for three years to inmates at the McNeil Island federal penitentiary.

Why I am a Mormon

I read the Book of Mormon when I was 16 years old, and almost from the first words I could feel its truthfulness enter my body. Even now, 43 years and a lifetime of trials and struggles later, I still feel its truthfulness every time I read from it. I am also firmly convinced that the church is led by Jesus Christ, and there is a prophet called by him to lead the church. I have also had the Holy Ghost, repeatedly, bear witness to me that the Book of Mormon is true and that His church is led by His prophet.

How I live my faith

My faith, I hope, permeates my life. I try to love my fellow man as myself. Representing men sentenced to death has caused me to be far more sensitive and sympathetic to those who are less fortunate than I am. All men are children of a Father who loves them no matter what they have done. I see my purpose in life as trying to lift those who have been kicked in the face by life, those who have been abused and mistreated. I believe that only the gospel of Jesus Christ can heal the wounds of child abuse, whether it is sexual, physical, or emotional. Only the gospel can give the hope that can give meaning life.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

David Davis
During the past several years I have participated in the cleanups after hurricanes hit several areas in the Gulf Coast. I went to Mississippi, Pensacola, and Orlando, as well as other places in Florida to help those who had had their homes destroyed by the several hurricanes that hit here. Show more Show less

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

David Davis
I grew up in a mostly male world. My father was in the Air Force, and I served 4 years in the army. I have only a brother and no sisters, so I did not give much thought to the idea of "equality" of women. When I got married I began having children and eventually ended up with 10, four boys and six girls. Even then I did not think much about equality. It seemed unspoken that my girls were as good as my boys and should do and achieve what they wanted. So, I went to their plays, soccer games, and graduations. They, along with their brothers, went backpacking and canoeing with me, and together we have hiked or paddled hundreds of miles in the southeaster United States. They have been, largely, a joy to raise. There are obvious differences between them and my sons, and frankly, I find them more interesting. Of my six daughters, 4 have gone on missions for the church. All of them (except the last who is still in college) have graduated from college-two engineers, one in anthropology, one in bugs, and one in biochemistry. They are still interesting people and Sunday evenings I will call them to see how they are doing. I have been extraordinarily blessed to have raised such wonderful children, and I am grateful for the opportunity to be the father of such wonderful daughters---and sons. Show more Show less

What is Mormonism? OR What do Mormons believe?

David Davis
I believe in Jesus Christ. I believe that He is the only begotten son of our Father in Heaven, and that only through Him, can I and mankind be saved. By saved I mean that I can return to live with our Father in Heaven for eternity with my wife and children. Salvation comes solely through Jesus Christ, but what I do while alive is important, and will be used in the judgment. "Mormonism" is a title given to Mormons or members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It refers to beliefs and a way of living that seeks to brings its members closer to Jesus Christ and our Father in Heaven. It does this not simply by proclaiming doctrine through the revealed word of God, but also by encouraging habits and practices that will lead us to a more Godly life capable of receiving revelation from God. From our health code that eschews smoking tobacco and drinking alcohol to keeping the Sabbath day holy, and helping our fellow man, Mormonism provides commandments and guidance for the honest person seeking to find and stay on the path to return to our Father in Heaven. Show more Show less

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

David Davis
I have taught history at a local community college for several years. What has impressed me is how different we are today than our ancestors, even those 100 years ago. It is as if we (or they) come from an alien culture compared to the way our ancestors lived. As I have studied ancient cultures, and especially the Roman empire, I am struck by the extraordinary limits they had in communications. Slavery was common and universally accepted. Most people lived and died withing 25 miles of where they were born. Illiteracy was common and life spans were also very short. Life was, as one observe has said, "nasty, brutish, and short." In order to take the gospel to all the world, as we have been commanded, some radical changes had to be made in the human condition. That began in Europe in the latter part of the 17th century with the discovery not only of a new world but of new ways of thinking and new discoveries and inventions. The Bible, which was written by and for one of those small groups of people common to the ancient world helped preserve the Christian tradition with its insistence on a universal message of hope and salvation through Christ. But, it was just one voice, and over the years, it had become distorted through translation and interpretive errors. In these latter days with its explosion of technology that has created a universal brotherhood of man, God's voice has once again clearly come forth, not through technology, but by faith and prophets. Show more Show less

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

David Davis
In the church, we often do not use the word genius. For some reason it is alien to our way of speaking. But when I read President Hinckley's words on homosexuality, I am impressed that what he said was simple, clear, direct, and honest. The man was not only a prophet, but a genius. In a few words, he has captured the church's views and approach to homosexuality, and I cannot add anything else. Show more Show less