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Hi I'm David

I'm a prospective PhD student raising a family in a tough economy.

About Me

My wife and I have a little son and a littler daughter. My family is, day to day, the greatest joy of my life. Even though my children are at finicky ages and things don’t always run smoothly, I know now that a life running smoothly without them would be only half a life. I've always had a passion for research and the pursuit of truth. My faith gives me a yardstick for evaluating the teachings and conclusions I find in the philosophies around me, whether theological, scientific, or purely mundane. Because of my love of discovering new things and sharing what I learn, I want to make a career of it; so I’m working hard to go into a Ph. D. program in Business and eventually become a research professor equipped to publish in top academic literature. I hope my work will nudge business and policy toward sustainable practices based in the same principles that undergird all human happiness and success. My hobbies include dabbling in Arabic, writing research papers on different subjects, and engaging in theological discussions; and someday, when I have more time, I’ll be glad to take up drawing again.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the Church, but when I was 17, I decided that I needed to find out for myself whether what I’d been taught growing up were true. High school was a very difficult time for me as I tried to figure out what life was all about and where I fit into the world. It was a time for challenging my childhood assumptions. I decided to read the Book of Mormon, which promises that the person who reads it and prays to God to know if it is true will know by the power of the Holy Ghost that it and the work it represents are true. Through this experience, God showed me, in a personal and unmistakable way, that the Book of Mormon is true, and that there is a God who cares about me and who answers prayers. Because the Book of Mormon confirms what the Bible teaches about Jesus Christ, I also came to know that the Bible is not just literature, but is true; and that Jesus Christ suffered, died and was resurrected for us. And I also came to know that Joseph Smith, who translated the Book of Mormon, was truly a prophet of God, and that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints really is the ancient Church of Christ restored to the earth with Apostles and prophets today. As I began to live what the scriptures and modern prophets teach, I felt the burdens of guilt and mistakes leave my life; I found the courage to live a better and purer life; I found, and continue to find, joy, happiness and love, even when life sometimes seems to come crashing down around me. These blessings, among others, have strengthened my testimony of God, of Jesus, and of Their restored Gospel. Even though I was born in the Church, I have had to undergo my own conversion process; and, in fact, I am still being converted to the Gospel as I am blessed from day to day through my association with the Church and learn to better trust and follow my Heavenly Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

My most important responsibility as a Latter-day Saint is to help my children to grow up as informed and discerning individuals equipped to recognize and live truth wherever they find it, and to truly be citizens of the world; my wife and I are laying the foundations by speaking to them in the languages we learned on our missions—my son speaks Spanish and Mandarin in addition to English. We read to them often from age-appropriate books and from the scriptures to instill a love of reading and of learning which we hope will facilitate their education in the future. Another important responsibility of members of the Church is to visit each family in the Church and ensure that their physical and spiritual needs are being met. Accordingly, I visit several families at least once a month to ask about any needs in the home and about their consistency in personal and family prayer and scripture study; and also to offer support and encouragement as needed. On Sundays at Church, I am often responsible for teaching lessons in the men’s organization and in other classes. All of the members share the responsibility of taking turns to prepare and deliver sermons in the worship service, which is one my most enjoyable service opportunities. I also frequently offer service at the Church’s food storage and distribution facilities in Atlanta to assist in the Church’s program of providing for the needy.