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Hi I'm Dave Whitaker

I am a Church Service Missionary with Deseret Industries. I have a wife, six children and 9 grandkids. And I 'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was raised in a home where I was loved and encouraged to be the best I could. I was taught that I could do anything that I put my mind to. I took piano lessons and learned I had some talent in this area. I have enjoyed singing in many choirs and quartets ( I am a high tenor). After I achieved my Amateur Radio license in high school, I decided to study electrical engineering. After one year of engineering at Brigham Young University, I took a break to serve a two year mission for my Church. I was sent to Bolivia, Peru and Chile. I had to learn Spanish which I still speak. After my mission I completed my engineering studies. Then I received my Masters in Business Administration also from BYU. I met my beautiful wife at a beach party during a summer break (we were both raised in Southern California). Now after nearly 43 years of marriage, we have 6 kids, and 9 grandkids. I love "Grammie." I am a retired plumbing contractor. Now, I often have opportunities to help people with their plumbing and other challenges. We are Church Service Missionaries at Deseret Industries and assist the associates who are trying to prepare for their GED and other exams as they try to move their lives forward from where they are stuck. This has been so wonderful volunteering in this organization that is trying so hard to help their employees/ associates improve their lives. I have also served as a temple worker for the last 3 years. My hobbies include radio controlled airplanes and wood working.

Why I am a Mormon

Even though I was raised in a Mormon home, I have done as all seekers of truth have to do. That is, I have read and studied the doctrine and prayed to God that he would let me know if it was true. And in his infinite kindness and mercy, he took some of his precious time to let me know that yes, it is true. The Church brings steadiness in a constantly shifting world. It is like a light house on a hill, always there to guide us to safety. It teaches me that God is an Exalted Man with a body of flesh and bone, that He has a Son who he sent to earth to die that we might live, and that both He and His Son are in heaven, still with their bodies. The Gospel teaches me that because of what Jesus did, I'll be resurrected and receive everlasting life and have my body again after I die. Also, if I chose to repent and follow Jesus Christ, He will cleanse me from all my sins and will plead my case to the Father at the Judgement Day. The church teaches me that I can take my cares to God in prayer anytime, anywhere and about anything. If I don't agree or doubt the counsel from the Prophet, I can go directly to God to find out if it is correct. I feel great peace and safety from God through his Holy Spirit. Our Church is not a democracy... Jesus Christ is the leader of our Church and it is he who directs the work through his Apostles and Prophets.

How I live my faith

I am not perfect by any means( just ask my family), but I would say I try to be obedient. I found out early in my life that obedience to God brings blessings, blessings which those who don't keep the commandments never receive. My wife and I always try to go to church. It has been really fun as we travel a little, we have been able to attend LDS Churches in many states and countries and it is amazing that regardless of where we go, the Church is the same. There are different faces, different skin colors and different languages but always the same gospel and the same Spirit. I love temples. I have been to several temples around the world. These are places of peace and refuge from the cares of the world. I have had many opportunities to serve in the church. The two years as a full time missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints from 1967 to 1969 were the best years of my life up to that point. But it got even better after I married my sweetheart and we raised our children. We both read the scriptures. We pray as husband and wife every day. For the last 3 years, I have served as a temple worker on Tuesday evenings. I have been able to serve as a Boy Scout leader many times over the years. Currently, my wife and I serve as wolf den leaders ( these are the eight year old cubs). We love these boys, these future leaders of our country, of their families and of our Church. Also, I try to begin and end my days on my knees with a prayer of gratitude to God.