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Hi I'm David Sabey

Born and raised in Colorado, I now live in Las Vegas. I'm a public school teacher. And, of course, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the second oldest of 6 children (5 boys and 1 girl). I love my family. I graduated from BYU where I studied English and Italian, and now work as an English teacher in Las Vegas. I am a part of the Teach for America corps, which means I work in a low-income school and seek to "close the achievement gap." When I have time, I like to post some of my thoughts and experiences about religion to a little blog I started. The purpose of this blog is to create a forum for interfaith dialogue. If you're interested, there is a link to that blog on this profile.

Why I am a Mormon

I can see how my faith in Jesus Christ (received through The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) positively affects all aspects of my life. It gives me direction and motivation; it helps me develop meaningful relationships and connect with other people; it provides me with a sense of peace and understanding about God and our existence. The teachings of the Church make sense to me, and they feel right. It makes sense to me that God would continue to call prophets and apostles in our days as he did in Biblical times. As I've listened to and read what these modern prophets have said, I feel that their teachings are good and true. They have helped me to feel God's love and to become a better person.

How I live my faith

I find that faith is expressed most fully in relationships. I try to live my faith by being a loving son and brother, a loyal friend, a respectful student and an honest and hard-working employee. I attend a congregation of young single adults like myself. We all are given different responsibilities--this allows us connect with each other and to grow closer to God as individuals and as a community.

Do Mormons regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

David Sabey
Mormons do believe in the Bible. In fact, I have taken university courses about both halves of the New Testament. I enjoy reading the powerful testimonies of the authors of the Gospels and epistles and I love the beautiful symbolism of the Old Testament. I personally, along with Mormons in general, regard the Bible as Holy Scripture and the word of God. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

David Sabey
Mormons believe that we are saved in and through the grace of Christ. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

David Sabey
I really do believe that there is a prophet like Moses alive today. Like the prophets we read about in the Bible (Moses, Abraham, Isaiah, etc.), the living prophet is a normal person--but a person of great faith--who God has chosen to be the spiritual leader of the church. As I've personally read the Bible, I've found that it teaches two fundamental things: 1. That God is aware mankind and involved in our lives. 2. That He reveals His will through prophets. Obviously, the most important part of the Bible is its testimony of Jesus Christ as the Messiah and Son of God, and much of that testimony comes from the writings of prophets. My belief is simply that those things are still true. God is still aware of us and involved in our lives, He still reveals His will through prophets, and those prophets still teach and testify of Jesus Christ as our Savior and Redeemer. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

David Sabey
The word "testimony" is used in non-religious contexts to mean "the statement of a witness." Thus, when a witness of a crime makes a statement in court, it is called a testimony. Similarly, the word "testimonial" refers to the statement in which someone endorses or pays tribute to another person or product. You see this in commercials when a celebrity appears and basically says, "I use this product, and so should you"--that's a testimonial. I think the etymology of this word is useful for understanding what Mormons mean when they refer to their testimony. A testimony is the spiritual witness someone receives that certain things are good and true. We believe that the Holy Ghost can "speak to our souls" and help us understand, believe, and know spiritual truths. Once a month, Mormons have a special meeting on Sunday called Fast and Testimony Meeting. On this Sunday (usually the first Sunday of the month), anyone in the congregation may come forward and share his/her testimony. During this time, a variety of people will share what they feel the Holy Ghost has witnessed to them. They will say things like, "I believe in Jesus Christ," "I can feel God's love for me," "I know that The Book of Mormon is true," and "I have seen how Jesus' teachings have blessed my life." These statements and this sense of spiritual conviction, assurance, understanding, belief, or knowledge are what Mormons call their testimony. I do have a testimony that the things taught by the Church are true. Show more Show less