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Hi I'm David

I paddle whitewater. I snowboard. I write television commercials. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Ever since I was kid, I've loved adventure. In 7th Grade, I read Maurice Herzog's book, Annapurna, about the first team to scale an 8000-meter peak and I dreamed of climbing mountains. I was 17 when our family went to Yellowstone. I hitchhiked to the Tetons, slept in the climber's village and got my first taste of mountaineering. For 20+ years, I was an avid rock climber. My son (who loves water) and I began whitewater kayaking in 1994.. We've traveled to Canada, Mexico, and across the U.S. to paddle some of North America's great rivers. I just love to be outdoors with family and friends. I also love my family. I have a wife, two daughters and a son. We love to travel. We snowboard and ski together, as well. We play lots of board games and just enjoy each other's company. I am also fortunate to love my work. I write and produce TV commercials for a living. You've probably seen some of them, but I won't tell you which ones. If I did, you'd realize I have a quirky sense of humor. It's fun to create ideas and see them come to life. Sometimes it feels more like play than work. (And I even get paid for it.) But I guess that's my motto in life: Do what you love and have fun.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in Alabama. Needless to say, there weren't many Mormons. In fact, my brother and I were the only Mormons in our high school of 900 students. It made us unique, but people always respected our values, even if they misunderstood our beliefs. My mother was a Mormon, but my dad didn't convert till shortly after they got married. None of his family is Mormon to this day. So I was raised in the Mormon church, but we were a very small minority. My parents were wonderful examples to me. They always practiced what they preached. I'd have to say that during my early years, I lived off my parent's faith. But when I entered high school, I decided I needed to know for myself if this Mormon-thing my parents believed was really true. So I began studying, reading, praying and asking God to know if it was true. I didn't get an answer right away. But it eventually came. It was a sweet, spiritual confirmation that told me what I was doing was correct and true. Since then, my faith in Jesus Christ and my belief in the restoration of His church in these last days has been validated by the Holy Spirit many times. But despite all the spiritual witnesses I've received, I just have to say this is the greatest church to belong to. You always have a network of friends and family no matter where you live. The church makes living fun. It's just cool to be part of such a noble and righteous cause. It makes me happy to serve others. I feel like I'm part of a huge, loving family.

How I live my faith

Well, I just try to be nice to people. I think about what Jesus did. He helped the sick, fed the poor, forgave those who offended him. When I see others in need, I try to stop and help. Our world is pretty rushed and hurried, mine included, but I try to assist the stranded motorists or struggling family. One of our best experiences was Christmas last year. We got stranded in a snow storm on our way to my in-laws home. We spent Christmas Eve and Christmas morning cramped in a small motel room because the freeway was closed. They finally opened it that afternoon. Cars and trucks were strewn everywhere. As we worked our way through the cars, snow and ice, we noticed a man walking on the side of the highway. I pulled over and asked if he needed a lift. I assumed he was a stranded motorist and just need to get to the next exit or gas station. Ends up he was a homeless man who had been traveling from Florida. His name was Ray. We moved all the blankets, gifts and toys around and let Ray squeeze in back with the kids. Ray watched movies with the kids and we shared stories with each other for 4 hours until we reached Amarillo, where he had some contacts. We gave him enough money for a hotel room and some meals and wished him a Merry Christmas. Spending Christmas in the car with Ray is probably the most memorable holiday we've had as a family.

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

David
We believe in Jesus Christ. We believe that He is the literal Son of God and the Redeemer of the world. He lived a sinless life. Eventhough He never sinned, He suffered for all the sins of all mankind so that we could be saved from spiritual death. He died on the cross and was resurrected so that we could be saved from physical death. Without Jesus Christ, there would be no hope or way back to God, our Heavenly Father. Show more Show less