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Hi I'm Dave

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a physician, teacher, and researcher at a medical school in the midwest. In my internal medicine physician practice I see patients referred with complex medical problems. My research focus is medical education - trying to find out how to most effectively train medical students and new doctors. My wife Jenny and I have five children, which keeps us both pretty busy! In my spare time I enjoy playing guitar, gardening, and singing in the church choir.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a Mormon family, but in my teen years I stopped going to church. Then, during my second year of college, I read the Book of Mormon. I still remember kneeling down in the college dorm, praying to know if the words I was reading were true and if Jesus Christ was my savior. I felt an intense feeling that God loved me, that the scriptural accounts of Christ's atonement and resurrection were real, and that the Book of Mormon truly was "another witness of Jesus Christ" and a companion to the Holy Bible. Although this was the first such experience in my life, it was not the last. Time and again, in times of challenge, uncertainty, or frustration, I've been able to turn to the Lord and He has always been there to support and strengthen me. As I've focused my life on Christ and tried to become more like Him, I have found peace and joy. Christ really is "the way, the truth, and the life." I believe in Christ. I also believe that He has sent prophets to the earth in our time just as He did in ancient days, and that these prophets currently lead the Mormon church. The way I see it, I want to know as much as possible about God's plan and what He wants me to do. As a member of the Mormon church (the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) I can hear these prophets, receive ordinances such as baptism by proper authority, and help others come unto Christ and enjoy the gospel that has so richly blessed my life.

How I live my faith

I seek daily to align my life with God's will. To do this, I pray and study the scriptures daily. I have involved the Lord in every major life decision (and most minor decisions as well), including my decision to serve a two-year mission for the church (I spent two years in Argentina), who to marry, whether and where to go to medical school, and for all training and employment decisions after medical school. I pray for guidance in my family, for inspiration on how to be a better husband and father, and to know my children's needs. I often pray for help with patients and when planning new research projects. In all of this, I try to listen to God's answers I've found He always answers and then do my best to implement the answers He sends. I currently serve as a counselor (assistant) to the leader (bishop) of our local congregation (ward). As with all opportunities to serve in the church, I don't get paid for this - at least not with money. In reality, although this takes quite a bit of time, I feel the Lord has richly blessed me and my family.

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Dave
As a physician, I routinely counsel my patients to avoid tobacco and alcohol and limit coffee and tea. It's amazing to me that God provided the same counsel to Joseph Smith back in 1833. (It took medical science nearly 100 years to identify the devastating effects of tobacco and alcohol, and coffee and tea are now known to worsen many medical conditions.) What many people don't realize is that the Lord's counsel to Joseph Smith didn't stop with the "do not's." God also told Joseph (and those who listened to him) to eat meat "sparingly", to eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, and that grains are the foundation of a healthy diet (the "staff of life"). Physicians today advise their patients to do the same, and this also bears a striking resemblance to the U.S. governments "food pyramid." This revelation, received in February 1833, truly is a "Word of Wisdom." Show more Show less