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Hi I'm Dave

Grew up in the West. Moved Southeast for school. Married and stayed. Life in the big city and suburbs. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm part of a small team that develops messages and branding for private foundations and nonprofit organizations that work to improve society—ranging from arts and culture in Philadelphia to conservation of the Colorado Plateau, to better public high schools in California and micro-insurance and secure savings for the world's poor. These great causes are topped only by my wife, children and faith in God. I make extra efforts to get out-of-doors and moving each day (two of my favorites), usually an early morning run that often includes a jogging stroller and our youngest child.

Why I am a Mormon

I've always been someone who wants to understand how the little pieces fit into the big picture. I feel blessed that in addition to the Old and New Testament writings of prophets and apostles in the Bible, God has given us another scriptural account by ancient prophets from the Western Hemisphere in the Book of Mormon. Add the restoration of divine authority along with living prophets and apostles in our times, and I find incredible understanding of the purpose of life and motivation to be a better person. A lifetime of reading, praying and doing my best to follow our Savior's example bring me great peace and knowledge that this is the church of Jesus Christ. That's important because His church is here to help us have a more fulfilling life and prepare to return and live with God after this life.

How I live my faith

I'm probably a lot like you, trying to live my faith by the way I treat other people—starting with my wife and children. Some of the things I do to help me include reading scriptures (often while riding the train to work) and making time to pray when I wake up and before climbing into bed at night. We try to do the same, reading and praying, as a family each day. Over the years I've had assignments at church to teach Sunday School (scripture study) classes for youth and adults. I just finished a year of teaching gospel lessons for the 14-15 year old young men, only 19 of them who met with us in the kitchen of the church each Sunday morning for 45 minutes! What a great group of boys. Now I've been asked to attend a Spanish speaking congregation that shares the same church building with us. I try to look out for their needs and am an advocate for them back to the supervising local leaders as well as a cheerleader for all their faithful service and good lives. They may not have as many financial and educational resources as many of the people around them, but they are full of love and kindness. Spending time with them helps me remember what matters most in life.

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Dave
For me the biggest step in coming to know our Father in Heaven is being honest with myself. As Mark Twain wrote, "you can't pray a lie." When I really just want to feel closer to God, I've found I need to let go of all the other things I may worry about and be willing to feel and understand what God want's me to. I can't have decided ahead of time what I want the answer to be. Until I genuinely put all my other opinions and desires aside, I don't really feel close to him. Usually, getting to know Heavenly Father involves doing something. It may mean a change in my life, an effort to help someone, making peace with someone, developing a new habit (a positive one like praying, reading scriptures, listening to uplifting music, etc. ). When I am doing these things because I feel God wants me to, not just because they seem like a good idea to me or a means to some personal goal, I feel like I am doing something in partnership with Him—in faith. It's when I act in faith that I inevitably have a greater sense of connection to God and a feeling that He knows and cares for me personally. Show more Show less