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Hi I'm David

I grew up on the coast of Virginia in a very active Southern Baptist family. I am now a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a very active Southern Baptist family on the coast of Virginia. We participated in many missions while I grew up. My brother and I would do puppet shows for kids to share our missionary experiences. After drifting away from the Southern Baptist church when I was in my late teens because of work, I eventually was introduced to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints when I met my wife in my mid-to-late twenties. I have now been a member of the church for over 15 years and I love it! My wife and I have two sons who enjoy being active in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. While having to move around the country for my work the Church has always been an anchor in the storms of life. We have moved to several areas where we did not have family or friends and the Church has always provided a great Ward family immediately upon moving into a new area. It's an amazing resource. My family and I enjoy Geocaching wherever we go in the world. It's a great way to discover places that you would otherwise never experience. We also enjoy exploring new areas and finding unique places to hang out and experience life as a family.

Why I am a Mormon

There were always unanswered questions in my head while growing up in the Southern Baptist church. While I am grateful for the strong Christian foundation it afforded me, I never really felt 100% fulfilled as a member of the Southern Baptist Church. Most of the unanswered questions were in regard to the nature of the Godhead, or Trinity, our pre-mortal and post-mortal existence, and most of the details in between. While working in Texas I met my wife who lived in Utah. For many years until we met I had not been attending regular church services and was keeping myself busy with school and work. Finally, my prayers were answered when I met the women that would become my wife. We had described our backgrounds to each other and I was introduced to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I wasn't very familiar at all with the Church and began researching it online. It was at this point that I began to realize that there were answers to many of the questions that I had in regard to life and our relationship with each other and our God. After about a year-and-a-half of corresponding with my future wife, I traveled to Utah for our first physical meeting. Until this point we had only corresponded online or via the telephone. I spent about 10 days in Utah, returned to Texas, packed everything that I could into a small sports car and moved to Utah. Three months later we were married in a civil service by the Stake President of the Ward in which my wife grew up. The ceremony was a small service in the living room of the home that we rented from my wife's parents. Shortly after we were married I began what is commonly called the Missionary Discussions. The missionaries serving in the area would come by for a visit regularly and teach me the basic beliefs and values of the LDS church. After being baptized into the church, my wife and I were married, or sealed, for all time and eternity in the Salt Lake City Temple.

How I live my faith

Throughout the moves that we've made as a family, we have always been able to focus on serving others in our various Wards. Since the Church is so organized and structured the same throughout the country, it has been easy for us to quickly fit in to a new ward and serve others without having to establish relationships outside of the church on our own. What a blessing. Since we've grown tired of moving so much, especially since our kids are at the ages where they need to stay in an area to build their relationships and grow 'roots' to a particular area, we have moved to an area that we feel we could retire in, the Midwest. We love our Ward here and are heavily involved with the church is this area. My wife is now the leader of the Women's group, I am the Sunday School President, our oldest son is the 1st Counselor within the youth organization and a leader with his Ward-based Boy Scout troop. Our youngest son has also become recently involved in the Cub Scout program that is also facilitated by the Ward. By staying involved the various facets of our Ward here we have started building strong relationships within the community and have seen the blessings from our service.