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Hi I'm Dave

I'm an Artist, Surfer, and a Mormon!

About Me

I am 28 years old, single, and have been raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I served as a Missionary in Pittsburgh, PA for 2 years. I am an animator, surfer, and am returning to college to study Psychology.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the Mormon Faith, although it was not always easy. I fell away once upon a time, but eventually, came back. The love of my Savior, and the people within the church drew me home. To know that I am part of something where people my age and in my personal circumstances of going to college, dating, and trying to maintain a religious lifestyle in a world where religion is, lets face it, dying...made me realize how thankful I am for the Gospel of Jesus Christ and His atoning sacrifice. To know that I am not alone, and to know that I can be loved for who I am...nothing could be greater!

How I live my faith

A good friend and I are coordinators for Temple Activity within our Young Single Adult YSA branch. As such, I am a Temple Worker, helping people act in behalf of their ancestors to do the work within the Temple. see FAQ's below My friend and I coordinate weekly trips to the Temple with others our age 18-30. I also teach Sunday School. While this is a wonderful task I have been asked to do, 90% of my students are college students, so it can be intimidating sometimes knowing that they are used to PhD's teaching them. Having said that, nothing is more enjoyable in sharing with my students, and having them share with me, our love for the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

What are some things that tell to you there is a God?

Life itself testifies of the existence of our Heavenly Father. So many times I have been amongst the wonders of nature: sitting on my surfboard amongst a group of playful sea lions, feeling the wind on my face as I stand atop a mountain, watching the beauty of a sunset, and I cannot help but know that I have a Heavenly Father, and that He loves me, and has given me this wonderful World to call my home! Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Mormon women are wonderful and loving! Being a college-age male in a world where we worry about finding our future companions, I am grateful for the attitude of Mormon women! They are more open and kind, and sincere and loving than others I have known. We esteem women highly in the Mormon Faith. "Neither is the man without the woman, nor the woman without the man, in The Lord." How true it is! You will see alot of "Old Fashioned" treatment amongst the attitude of men towards women amongst Mormons. Gentlemen are in abundance and are always treating Women with the utmost respect and dignity. I cannot begin to count how many times I have seen or done so myself a man open a door for a woman, stand from his chair as she enters or leaves the room, and many other such 'Old Traditions'. We do this...because we believe the women deserve it. Show more Show less

What are Mormon Temples used for?

I have the wonderful blessing of living within walking distance to the newly dedicated Temple in Vancouver, British Columbia, and attending there frequently. Within the Temple, we express our love for our ancestors by acting in their behalf for ordinances that our Savior, Jesus Christ, has taught us are essential for salvation, such as Baptism. Christ Himself was Baptized, and said that we should do likewise. For those who have passed on before having that chance, we can go to the Temples to perform that ordinance, or ceremony, for them, giving our ancestors the opportunity to choose to accept it, or not. We also tie families together for time and all eternity in sacred ceremonies called 'sealings'. In the Temple, a Husband and Wife can be sealed together, so that their love and marriage can continue into eternity. The sealing also applies to our families, so our brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, parents, and so forth can all be together in the hereafter. What a wonderful thought that is! Show more Show less