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Hi I'm David

I believe in Jesus Christ and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Raising six kids, my wife and I keep pretty busy! Life is great; this is a very busy time in our lives. We sometimes look at ourselves and have to remind each other, "time & season" (Ecclesiastes chapter 3). I work in the insurance field, focusing on helping others find and understand their personal or company insurance plans. I often tell people that my job is to turn insurance into English for them; if they don't leave my office better off than before, I haven't done my job. Outside of work, I volunteer with several organizations. Currently I'm serving as the president of my state's Association of Health Underwriters. I enjoy playing the piano (it's a work in progress!), computers (used to build and service them in my college years), and spend time with my family. Skillet popcorn is a favorite around our house along with a good movie or TV show.

Why I am a Mormon

Why am I a Mormon? That's a great question and I'm excited to answer. In the New Testament, in 1 Peter 3:15, we're told to "be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you..." I am a Mormon first because I belive in Jesus Christ, and I belive in his teachings. I sincerely and completely believe that by following Him, we will have a more complete and happier life. I believe He is real, that He does exist, and that He was alive on this earth and is still alive today. I'm a Mormon because I believe that His church and His teachings are found in their fullness within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I'm a Mormon because I want to follow Christ. Not just in word, but in life.

How I live my faith

I find that I try to live my faith in many different ways. I belive in living my faith seven days a week - not just one. In my life, when I've had a church leader ask me for help, I try to never say no. To me, that means I try to continually cultivate a spirit of willingness. I also try to live a successful life so that I have the capacity and capability of being in a position to help. I've saught after jobs that didn't require me to work on Sunday - so I can be free to attend church with my family on that day. I try to say yes when the need arises to help a fellow neighbor or friend. I involve my family in these types of service projects. In our church, when you're asked to fulfill a specific assignment, we call that receiving a calling. In my current church assignment (calling), I work with other church leaders as an administrative assistant - a secretary. These are never paid positions; they're completely voluntary. I help prepare agendas for various meetings, coordinate personal appointments between church members and church leaders, and attend several meetings of administration and instruction. Most Sunday's I'm up by 5:00 AM to prepare for the meetings of the day. Early mornings are not my strong suit, but I'm happy to help knowing I'm serving others and serving my God in the process. I believe we can never give back in service more than what we receive from God in blessings.

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

I believe that there is within all of us a desire for truth and right. Often when people first learn of the Church and the teachings of Christ within this church, they feel a resonance with their beliefs. Truth is truth no matter where it is found. When people find that truth in this Church, they want to pursue it. I also believe that our Church grows because our members are asked to gain a personal testimony. Church leaders have asked us to find out for ourselves if the teachings are true. When a person does that, they find an answer that cannot be duplicated or given to them by man. God does answer the humble petition. Our Church doesn't comprimise on doctrinal points. This may make us unpopular with many, but it is also very comforting for others. There are many in this world looking for an anchor, a place of worship with unwaivering values. They will find that here. As we see a continual decline in morality and the acceptable values in the world, we will naturally see an increase in attendance in this Church. Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Come to church with us! We would love to have you. I know attending an unfamiliar church meeting can be scary and intimidating. Feel free to go up to anyone you meet and tell them this is your first time coming. You should always feel welcome to come and attend with us. Mormon church meetings may be different than other church meetings you've attended. We typically have three meetings you can attend. Our main meeting, we call Sacrament Meeting, is intended for individuals and families to attend together. Sit up front, sit in the back. There are no assigned seats. In this meeting, we try to focus on the sacrifice of our Savior Jesus Christ. You will hear several prayers and gospel messages given in this meeting. Another meeting we have on Sunday is Sunday-School. This meeting is designed to focus on specific teachings of Christ. It is often somewhat interactive, with some class members asking questions of the teacher throughout the lesson. You are free to ask questions or simply sit back and listen. We hope you feel a genuine spirit of warmth and friendship as you attend. The final meeting we have on Sunday is a Priesthood or Relief-Society meeting. Men and attend the Priesthood meeting and women attend Relief-Society. Here we focus on the teachings of Christ that are appropriate to our roles as men and women. You should also feel free to participate, ask questions, or simply sit back and listen. Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

We belive in the Old Testament direction to pay Tithing. To us, the word tithing means one-tenth. I was recently at a church service project on a Saturday morning. We were clearing trees and trash from a very large house and lot in town. I worked for hours with my family pulling branches, scooping trash, clearing weeds. I figure that if I were doing this hard labor all by myself, it would take several weeks to accomplish what was done that morning. Because we had other church member volunteers there, the seemingly insurmountable task was accomplished in a relatively short time. This is also how the principle of Tithing works. If I alone were to give all of all the income that I could personally generate to the Church, it wouldn't work. But if we each give a little, miracles can happen. I look at the church building I go to every Sunday to worship in. I couldn't possibly afford such a building by myself. But when my small "tenth" is combined with other's, we now have buildings for my family, my neighbors, and countless others to visit and worship our God. That is how the principle of Tithing works. We believe we always receive more from our God by paying that 10 than we ever would receive by keeping the tenth for ourselves. I know the law of the tithe is from God and is a true principle. We are blessed to be able to give back to the Lord. Show more Show less