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Hi I'm Dave

I'm an English teacher and a musician. I'm a Latter-Day Saint.

About Me

I am married to my dream girl. We were dating, and one day I told her she was the perfect girl for me, and that we would get married as soon as she decided to. She got a little mad at me for being so assumptive, but in the end, she agreed. We have four children, who I love and pray for daily--and who consistently make me a proud father. I teach English, run a drama club, a choir club, and an instrumental music club at Beaver Dam Junior/Senior High School in the northwest corner of Arizona. I love my job, and the students I work with are simply amazing. Before I taught, I was a professional musician, and played piano, organ, harpsichord, synthesizer, drums, percussion, and guitar in various classical, jazz and rock ensembles for the United States Air Force. I worked with amazing musicians who elevated my playing ability by teaching me both through their incredible playing, and through their patience with me. So, you can see that I've been overly blessed in my life--far more than I deserve.

Why I am a Mormon

Recently, an apostle of the Lord named Boyd K. Packer said that we should not refer to ourselves as "Mormons," and I agree with his assertion, so I call myself a "Latter-Day Saint," as Brother Packer suggests. I am a Latter-Day Saint because we believe in everything that God has revealed, everything He currently reveals, and everything He will reveal to us. God loves us, and has not abandoned us in these times. The things that are taught in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints give me the hope I need to raise my family, keep my focus on the important things in life, and stay in a close relationship with my Heavenly Father.

How I live my faith

I search and ponder the scriptures every morning for about a half hour. This has helped me understand things about life, and myself that I would never have--and it's not so much the scriptures I study. It's more the revelations and feelings I get from Heavenly Father and the Holy Spirit that pondering the scriptures bring. When I am in this state of mind, I get ideas that I certainly couldn't have come up with, and so I must attribute them to Heavenly Father. When I am worthy of it, the Holy Spirit comes to me in a warm feeling in my chest, letting me know that my daily repentance has been acknowledged, and giving me feelings of calm and peace that help me have a better attitude about life and my fellow men. Often, I find myself reading Matthew 5, 6, and 7, where you'll find Jesus Christ's amazing "Sermon on the Mount," which challenges all of us to become perfect. I know the only way I can do that is by almost constant repentance for sins of commission and omission that I do daily. Jesus Christ's sacrifice for my sins is the only way to salvation and perfection, and the only way to get back to Heavenly Father's presence. I try to "go about doing good," like Jesus did. That means that if I see someone having a hard time with anything, I do what I can to help them out because I think that's what being a follower of Christ is all about. When I fall short, I pray for forgiveness, and ask Heavenly Father to help me align my will with His, so that I can be found serving others, which is what He wants me to do.

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Dave
I'm not so sure it's what they'll talk about, but what they will do that makes a big difference! They will help you any way they can, and bring a spirit of peace. I was a Mormon missionary, and we wanted to do anything we could to help people--even wash dishes! But then we do want to bring the peace of the Holy Spirit into your home, so we will leave you with a brief message that will bring that peace. The missionaries will teach you about God, and why He still cares about us and wants us to have joy in our lives. They will teach you how to acquire the blessings of a living God, who will help you with the problems and challenges of life. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Dave
We worship God, The Eternal Father. We believe His Son Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world. We also believe that the Holy Spirit can influence our lives for the better, if we allow it into our lives. This is the Godhead, and we believe they are separate personages. We don't worship anyone or anything else. Joseph Smith was a great prophet, like Moses or Abraham. So we respect the sacrifices Joseph Smith made we respect the contributions he made to Christ's Church in the latter-days but we don't worship him. Having read much of Joseph Smith's writings, I am certain that his humility would have made him embarrassed at the mere idea of anyone praising or worshiping him. I know he would have been the first to confess his own shortcomings as he often does in his writings and request that we NOT praise or worship him and that praise and worship be directed only to God. Show more Show less

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

Dave
I gather my family every morning and evening to read from the Bible and the Book of Mormon. We only get through one page at each sitting (sometimes it's tough to get everyone together!). But, we all notice a huge difference in our home when we do it. Reading the scriptures invites God's Spirit into the home, and this makes all the difference. It doesn't eliminate problems; but it does bring a Spirit in that allows us to deal with them in a manner that is much more calm and loving than when we don't read scripture (and this happens sometimes--we aren't 100% perfect, that's for sure! Show more Show less