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Hi I'm David

I'm a law student. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in Arizona, and my wife and I are both graduate students. I'm studying law, and she's studying social work. We've been married for about a year, and met through mutual friends. I was born into the church, but my wife was baptized with the rest of her family when she was 11. I love watching basketball, football, or soccer, and I love playing any sport when I get the chance. I love to travel and learn about other cultures! I was a missionary in Brazil for two years, and I've done study abroad in England.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because of the joy it brings to my life. Some people say that being Mormon is too hard, that there are too many rules. The commandments we strive to live by in the church are for our benefit, and I've come to realize that through personal experience. Some say it's too difficult to not drink, smoke, drink coffee, etc. But the beauty of that is that I don't get addicted! I never have to worry about the harmful effects of any of those things because the Lord has wisely told us to avoid them. I also love having beliefs that are different. It seems that whoever is around me long enough eventually finds out that I'm Mormon, and they don't forget that. I love being able to explain my beliefs when people ask me, and let them know that God is not silent. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Because of that, there are prophets on the Earth today, just as in the days of the Bible! If that knowledge isn't reason enough to be Mormon, I don't know what is. 

How I live my faith

I attend church services on a weekly basis. For the past couple years I have had the opportunity to teach different Sunday School classes. I love these teaching opportunities because I get the chance to make sure everyone can understand and appreciate the restored gospel of Jesus Christ, whether they have been recently baptized or were born in the church. I try to read the scriptures including the Bible and the Book of Mormon on a daily basis. I also try to pray several times a day, both individually and with my wife. It sounds cliche, but my life always seems better when I consistently do these things! Everything just seems to fall into place, and I know it's because I'm trying to put the Lord first.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Grace is ultimately what saves us! Without God's grace, we'd all be done for. Various sects of Christianity have always fought over whether it's faith in Christ and his grace that saves us, or whether we are saved by works. We believe that it's both! We believe that we should try our hardest to follow Christ's teachings. However, because we are human we all fall short. So we all need God's grace to "pick up the slack" for us. Because God loves us he gave us the opportunity to become clean through the atonement, and we can use that atonement and receive God's grace by honestly trying to do what God asks of us. God recognizes this honest effort, and blesses us with his forgiveness and salvation. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

It does seem like Mormons stick together. For the large part, I think that is true, and is simply the result of having many things in common with each other. But that doesn't mean we exclusively help each other. We believe that we can be instruments in the Lord's hands to help others, not just fellow Mormons. We know that when we are helping other people we are also serving God. We are all spiritual brothers and sisters because we are all children of God. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

The church does not officially endorse any political parties, or any particular person running for office. Most members of the church in the United States are Republican, but there are many, many members of the church that are not. For example, Mitt Romney ran for president as a republican in 2008, but the church did not endorse him. Glenn Beck is a conservative talk show host and leader of the TEA Party, and is LDS, but the church does not endorse him. However, the current Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid, is a staunch Democrat and also a practicing Mormon. Members of the church are all across the political spectrum because the church by-and-large stays neutral, and encourages the members to be active in the community and to vote, although they do not tell us how to vote. Show more Show less