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Hi I'm David K. Sylvester

I'm a Mormon. I grew up in the heartland of the United States in St. Louis, Missouri. I am a convert to the Church!

About Me

I am the 5th of 5 children, born late in the life of my parents. At age 10, I was baptized into the Church in St. Louis, Missouri through the efforts of great full-time missionaries who came to our home. My parents and I were all baptized in 1972. It instilled in me a desire from an early age to do the same when I was old enough. I was fortunate to essentially be raised in the Church and I gained at a very early age, a testimony of the truthfulness of the Restoration, and a witness that Jesus is the Christ. I served a mission to Puerto Rico where I bore witness to others of those truths, and later married in the Salt Lake Temple. My wife and I have 4 children. I work in sales day to day and love meeting and helping people. I have always been a people person. I love to share my testimony when people ask me about my beliefs. I get to use the Spanish I learned on my mission, many times a week. I love Family History big time and have learned so much about my ancestors. It is exciting to find out who they were and what they did, what they looked like and how they lived their lives, how they dealt with the struggles of life. I marvel at them all! I am grateful to learn about them and from them. The technological world has opened up our ability to find things out about them. Being a Mormon is fun, exciting and a wonderful spiritual journey!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know deep in my heart that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a full and complete Restoration of the Lord's original Church, built upon the foundation of Apostles and Prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone. The authority of the Holy Priesthood has been given again to us on the Earth. We have a living prophet on the Earth that receives revelation just as the Prophets of old did. The powerful witness of the Holy Ghost that this is true is a thriving part of who I am and it gives me tremendous strength and happiness to live my life each day.

How I live my faith

The day to day opportunities of life give us a lot of different experiences, some good, some not so good. As I look the at what the world offers, I see so much sadness and misery, people trying to find happiness yet not really knowing what it is they seek. Each day I strive to live the Gospel by trying to live as the Savior would want me to live. I pray each day both personally and with my family, read from my scriptures and gain strength by doing for others. That does not mean that my own life hasn't had its moments of struggle and difficulty, but THAT in itself is part of the great learning experience we get in mortality. Truly striving to live the Gospel each day brings me great strength. As do all other members of the Church, I serve in a Church calling. For 10 years I had the opportunity to serve as a Stake President A Stake President has ecclesiastical responsibilities for a large geographic area of the Church made up by several wards or congregations of members and it has afforded me the opportunity to get to know thousands of members of the Church and also given me many opportunities to know many thousands not of our Church. It is an honor to serve in any calling. This blessed my life abundantly. It taught me compassion in ways I could have never learned it otherwise. It has given me the opportunity to see how the Atonement of Christ is made manifest in our lives. I can truly testify that Jesus is the Christ! Now I have the opportunity to be a Family History Helper.

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

David K. Sylvester
We are called Mormons because of our belief in an additional witness of Jesus Christ known as The Book of Mormon. It is referred to by the Church as "Another Testament of Jesus Christ." This book has been called the Mormon Bible by many but in reality it is another book of scripture as a companion to the Bible to witness to everyone that Jesus is the Christ. It does not replace the Bible at all! It adds a testimony of the divine mission of Jesus Christ as the very Son of God and Savior of the world. Each page bears witness of Jesus Christ. It is a record of essentially 3 groups of people who came from in and around Jerusalem the first at the confounding of the languages at the Tower of Babel and then later a group at about 600BC and ends nearly a thousand years later in 420AD. It contains the sacred record of the actual visit of Jesus Christ to this ancient American people. Everyone should at least read the Book of Mormon and put it to the test, and try what the last author and prophet in the book, Moroni suggested on the last page. Ask God if it is true. I have done that and I know that it is true. Every time I read it, I feel that same witness. As I study the Book of Mormon and the Bible, I feel strength from the Lord. They both help me with courage to face the challenges of life. Remember by the mouth of two or three witness shall the word of the Lord be established. The Book of Mormon is another witness! I invite YOU to read it.  Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

David K. Sylvester
When we die, our spirit is separated from our body for a season. Our mortal body lies in the earth and our spirit continues to live. We go to the Spirit World also known as Paradise where we have an opportunity to rest from our earthly labors and to continue learning and progressing. We get to be with our families again and the loved ones we associated with on Earth. Because of Jesus Christ, we will ALL be resurrected one day. That is a gift from him. How we lived our lives on Earth will help determine what rewards we gain. That being said, truly without the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior, we would be NOTHING and we would have NOTHING. He will be the ultimate judge. He will plead our case before the Father. Our allegiance to Him and to His commandments will be at least a partial measuring stick as to what we will receive. At the time we are resurrected, our spirits and bodies will be reunited in their perfect form, never to be separated again. Based on the judgement of the Lord, we will be given eternal rewards for our faithfulness. If we are worthy we can be with our families forever in the presence of God. That is the goal that we all yearn for. I bear witness that it is possible. It is part of the great Plan of Happiness.  Show more Show less

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

David K. Sylvester
One of the great questions in life is, Who is God, or maybe What is God? I remember as a child wondering what God was or who He was. When I heard the story of the First Vision, I was amazed and grateful to know that God was our Father and that in a literal sense, was an exalted man and as tangible as we are, yet in a glorified state. The fact that He came in answer to prayer and introduced His Son, our Savior Jesus Christ to the boy Joseph Smith was such an inspiring and real experience for me that I have never doubted for a second that God lives. Not only that, but the fact that He cares about us and wants the very best for us. One way to get to know Him is to pray. Prayer is real. All throughout the scriptures there are examples of the blessing of prayer, and the peace it brings into our lives. Also, reading from our scriptures each day helps us to hear the voice of the Lord and our Heavenly Father. I can't take credit for that statement, but I testify of its truthfulness. You can train your ears to hear His voice and when doubt or trial come your way, the Holy Ghost will call up to your mind the wonderful and comforting words of the Lord that you have put in your mind through your personal study. Also, attend Church each and every Sunday. I invite you to attend a Ward congregation of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in your area. If you are in St. Louis, come and see us. We welcome all into our buildings and would love to share our testimonies with you. Show more Show less

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

David K. Sylvester
As part of the full and complete Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, which started in the Scared Grove in the spring of 1820, eventually the Lord revealed that the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles would be restored as well. Ever since that day, there have been Twelve Apostles on the Earth again. In the Church there is the First Presidency, the President of the Church and his two Counselors and the next governing body is the Quorum of the Twelve. As you will recall, in the days following the death of of Jesus Christ on the cross, that Judas Iscariot had died. There were only Eleven Apostles. Matthias was chosen to take the place of Judas and complete the Quorum of the Twelve again. When the Apostles were all killed, the main body of the presiding officers of the Lord's Church were no longer on the Earth. That helped cause the dissolution of the organization of the Church as Jesus Christ had set up. It lead to the Great Apostasy. On the Earth today there are twelve living Apostles. I testify that they are special witnesses of Jesus Christ in all the World. They hold the keys of the kingdom of God on the Earth. They hold the authority to officiate in the name of the Lord throughout the world and to build up His Church. Show more Show less