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Hi I'm Dave

I'm a military brat, writer, beekeeper, and a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a military brat who spent most of my youth following my Air Force dad around the world. We spent time in Texas, North Dakota, Alaska, and Germany, but my favorite by far is Alaska! I'd love to go back some day. Currently I work as a writer, and I manage the international support team at work. In my spare time, I'm a beekeeper with three hives (currently), an avid reader, gardener, and all-around work around the house kind of guy. I'm in school right now getting a Masters in Instructional Design. I'm colorblind as well, which always makes life in my house interesting! My wife is from Alaska, and together we share our home with three and a half wonderful children (three girls and a boy). My son is an aspie (Asperger's on the Autism Spectrum), and he--along with all our children--are our treasures. I'm a friend-kind of person. Nothing makes me happier than being with people I love, talking, playing games, and a having a good time. I have the blessing of dealing with depression in this life, and while there are days that is truly a miserable experience, I'm grateful for the learning.

Why I am a Mormon

I can't imagine what I'd be doing without the gospel. I find so much happiness and peace in life from the church and the gospel. I love the examples of those around me who are faithful and committed, and I find power in those examples to do what is right and to be obedient. It's certainly not always easy, but I have yet to see a situation where turning towards what I believe has not been right. I'm a Mormon because I believe that is what the Savior would have of me. I'm happy to be Mormon in spite of all the trials of life.

How I live my faith

I think faith is something you wear on your sleeve, but you certainly don't have to be obnoxious about it. I think it is enough to be open, to walk the walk and talk the talk. I try to live in a way that people recognize in me the love I have for the gospel of Jesus Christ and, hopefully, that helps them learn more about the Savior. I think of my faith as the key to the answers I'm seeking for. I'm a "why" kind of guy; I like to know why, and while I don't necessarily get all the answers I look for, I do find the help and the comfort I really need. As I live right and do what I should, I find that all the trials I face are much simpler to deal with. It makes it worth it.