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Hi I'm Dave

I was born in California, commute by bike, and listen to African-American spirituals and opera. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a happily married father of three. I enjoy a wide range music (from African-American spirituals to opera to the blues) and love riding my bike to work, even in minus ten Celcius weather. Palmyra, Banqiao, Old Orchard Beach, Ljubljana, and Dillon Beach are among my favorite places. In addition to English, I speak Mandarin Chinese. I love to watch basketball, whether it be 8 year-olds in a community league, my own kids in high school, or college and the NBA. To me, time well-spent includes family time, quiet time reading the word of God, and an occasional long bike ride. Along with my three sisters, I was raised by a single mom in a small prairie town. My mom's quiet example of showing how satisfaction comes from steadily doing God's will has had a lasting effect on me.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was raised by a mother who was herself strong in the "Mormon" faith, my own conviction that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true came when I put the "Book of Mormon promise" to the test for myself when I was 15 years old. I read the Book of Mormon and asked God in prayer whether it was true. The whisperings of the Holy Ghost spoke to my soul that no man could have written that book without God's help and that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God. From the Book of Mormon we learn even more clearly than from the Bible that we can rely upon the atonement of Jesus Christ to navigate the challenges which life inevitably brings. It teaches that the purpose of life is to see whether we will use those challenges to learn, grow and become more like our Savior Jesus Christ. I am grateful that my membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints brings me practical guidance from living apostles and prophets, chances to serve other people, and an opportunity to spend eternity with my family by making and keeping sacred covenants with God. But most of all I am grateful for the atoning sacrifice of my savior Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

People of my faith generally live their religion by serving others without expectation of award or recognition. In a sense, these activities are their own reward; I inevitably feel uplifted when helping others.