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Hi I'm David

I'm a father of 9, computer nerd, and book-a-holic. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a father of 9 wonderful kids, married to my college sweet heart of 22 years. Our family photo only shows 8 kids because one of our sons died just after birth. I'm a computer nerd, long time Scout leader, and cancer survivor. I love to read fantasy and scifi, some day I hope to write the stories I tell my children. I can ride a unicycle, moderately juggle, enjoy wood carving, good movies, and wrestling with my kids.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the LDS Church. My mom was the only active member of the church in her family, and my dad converted to the Church right out of college. They met, fell in love, got married in the Idaho Falls temple, and raised four boys, each of us Eagle Scouts and returned missionaries. We were raised in an area where there were not a lot of Mormons. After watching both my mother's and father's parents struggle with alcoholism, I determined at a young age to never drink or take any drugs. The choice was always mine, but visiting my grandpa in an insane asylum was a good example of what not to do. I worked hard growing up, saving for the time I would volunteer to serve a mission for the Church. I was called to serve in the Chile, Concepcion mission, Spanish speaking. After serving honorably, I returned home, worked to earn money to get into college, and dove into school for four years until I met my bride-to-be, fell in love, got married, started a family, then we both graduated with our baccalaureate degrees. When my wife was pregnant with our 8th child, my doctor, who is still a great friend, discovered I had cancer during a routine medical exam in preparation for me to attend Scout Camp. Luckily, he caught it early, and after surgery and radiation therapy, I was back on the path to health. I love serving others, especially in the Scouting program. I know the Book of Mormon is true and love reading it, especially now as a father as I witness first hand the positive effects the teachings from this great book have on my own family. The Gospel of Jesus Christ helps me live a full, meaningful, and fun life. I enjoy being with my best friend and knowing we'll have the opportunity to live together as a family forever with our Heavenly Father. Our oldest daughter married a wonderful young man, also a returned missionary and Army soldier. Our second oldest IS an Army Reserve soldier and married a great returned missionary as well. Both married in the Temple.

How I live my faith

I really enjoy serving in the Church as a Scout Leader volunteer. Since I've been married I've been able to serve as a Scout Master, Varsity Coach, Explorer Leader, Venture Leader and Scout Committee member many times over. I've had the opportunity to see many young men become Eagle Scouts and serve voluntary missions. Many now have their own families and we stay in contact. My wife is the most patient women I've ever even heard of. My Scout projects, usually contained to the garage, sometimes creep into our home and offset her usual aesthetic balance. Walking sticks I'm carving on, steel knives we're making, camping gear, assorted tools, rope and gadgets. After I get the "eye" I quickly put the items back out where they belong. Many of our evenings are full of entertaining the youth as they drop by for a visit. My wife is always quick to make treats and share with the boys. All of my children have many friends within the Boy Scout organization and look to them as older brothers and good examples. It's a busy, but fulfilling life of activity.

Are Mormons Christians?

I love this question. The simple answer is YES, we believe in Jesus Christ as our living Savior. I was hanging Christmas lights one late fall, and was hoping around on the roof arranging extension cords. The local Catholic priest was coming to talk to my wife about some project they were working on together for one of the school programs coming up. He looked up at me, and said "David, I didn't know Mormons believed in Christmas lights!" I smiled down at him, and exclaimed, "Of course we do, come by my house in a week after 7 in the evening, and wear sunglasses!" I heard through the grapevine that he indeed came by later and saw my Christmas light display, which took first place in our city's Christmas Light Decoration Contest. I would say that we're not only Christians, we're Enthusiastic Christians and love to live what we preach about Christ's life. We're certainly not perfect, but we also enjoy trying. Show more Show less