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Hi I'm David

I am a Norwegian writer, teacher, soccer enthusiast, with a German wife, English mother, and...I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a graduate student currently taking an MA in English. I got married last year to the girl of my dreams, and we are expecting a child. I love literature and languages and I speak Norwegian, Swedish, German and English. Literature is still a great passion of mine, and I am always amazed at how a person I have never met or talked to can touch my life through what they wrote. Growing up in Norway I loved playing football soccer and I really enjoy walking in nature.

Why I am a Mormon

Growing up in a secular society I was often challenged for my beliefs. I believed that God loved me and that he could answer my prayers, but I knew that I needed a personal answer from God that this was His church to be able to stay true to what I believed in. I went to the Lord in prayer. As I prayed I felt a warm feeling of light and love fill my body and spirit. I felt as if I was right next to Him and I knew He had answered my prayer. I know that He loves me and that this is His church and His gospel. He has opened a world to me where there is always hope, and where even the hardest times in life have meaning. I know He leads me.

How I live my faith

More than anything the gospel of Jesus Christ influences my behavior towards my family. Every morning I thank God that he has given me a family, and I pledge to be the best husband, son, brother and father that I can be. My family is my first priority in life because I know I can live with them forever if I keep my promise to God. If my wife and I have differences of opinion or don't know what we should do, we go to the Lord in prayer and He gives us direction together. We are unified in our efforts because we both strive to do His will for us. Because of this unity we are able to help other people around us. We know God has blessed us so we can be a blessing to others, so when a friend or member of our extended family needs help or some of our time we both answer yes. We know that we can call upon the Lord for guidance and protection, and He can make more of our lives than anyone else can.

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

David
For me the greatest blessing of the temple is that my family can be sealed there for time and all eternity, meaning that after this life my wife and I will still be united as husband and wife. I see coming to the temple as coming into the presence of God. The temple is a holy place dedicated to Him, and it is only there a family can be sealed for time and all eternity. To receive these blessings we have to live up to the standard the Lord has set. Even in Old Testament times there were certain requirements to come to the temple, or hill of the Lord. "Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? or who shall stand in his holy place?" asks David. Answer "He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive the blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of his salvation." Psalms 24:3-5 I go to the temple to meditate and ponder God's words and will for me. It helps me to turn off the noise of the world for a while and to turn my mind to my family and my God. I have a similar experience when I take a walk in nature and see the beauty of what God has created. Show more Show less