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Hi I'm Dave

I'm a husband, a father of four, a learner, and a doer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Utah, California, and Florida. I am married to my best friend. We have four wonderful children. We love to be active, eat well, and we attempt to get enough sleep. I am optimistic.

Why I am a Mormon

Everyone wants a sense of direction in life. I grew up in a Mormon family and didn't find that sense of direction right away. When I was 16 I decided I needed to find out for myself if being a Mormon was the direction I wanted to go. I knew that if I made that decision, it would be one I would stick with for the rest of my life. I thought about it for a very long time and decided I would pray about it. When I did, I experienced a miracle that absolutely convinced me that God heard my prayer. I knew at that moment that living the religion my parents taught me from birth was the right thing for me to do. That was more than a decade ago and I am still constantly trying to become a better person each day. I have found that living my religion helps me accomplish that. I am a Mormon because I asked God if it was right and he answered. I am a Mormon because living the teachings of Jesus Christ brings me success, happiness, and direction in life.

How I live my faith

I make it a goal to pray and study a topic in the scriptures every day. Every night without fail I kneel by my bed with my wife and thank God for the blessings we enjoy. On Sundays I attend church. On Wednesdays I volunteer with the local Boy Scout Troop and try to point the young boys in the right direction. I strive to be a good citizen of my community and help others when I have the chance.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Dave
That depends. We believe that everyone has the privilege and responsibility to make their own decisions. We don't believe in compelling or forcing anyone to do anything. That said, we do believe that if we are capable of doing so, we should serve a mission. A mission is an opportunity to teach the gospel and give service in some region of the world. A mission can last from 18 months to 3 years. Every young man at the age of 19 is encouraged to serve a mission if he is able. Women are invited to do so as well. Even couples who are older and have finished raising their families serve missions. When I was 19 I chose to serve a mission, and my assignment was to serve in the Dominican Republic for two years. It was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life to teach and serve the Dominican people. Missions are voluntary, and assignments are given only when asked for. We are not paid for our service, and we contribute a significant portion of the expense personally. If you ever cross paths with the Mormon missionaries, I encourage you to stop them and ask them to share a message with you. Show more Show less