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Hi I'm Dave

I am a Son, Brother, Husband, Father and Mormon. I love water sports and to make and build things.

About Me

I have always loved to make things. As a child I made drawings, kites, macrame, string art, paper-mache, plastic models, car and train sets, erector sets, clubhouses underground on the ground and in trees, go carts, bike jumps and more. As a young man I did landscaping, fencing, raised rabbits and pigeons, gardened, lawn care, sprinkler systems, and worked on cars. I love to work. Family chores, a paper route, did custodial tasks at an elementary school, cleaned dishes, pots, pans and a restaurant kitchen, made and cooked pizza, picked and planted pineapples on the island of Lanai in Hawaii, pumped gas and repaired tires, drove a flatbed lumber truck, served a mission in Indiana. My father, who was also my best friend, and I grew a business named Western States Calibration to employ 20 people and serve over 700 customers. I have remodeled many homes and enjoyed framing, wiring, plumbing, sheet rocking, painting, finish carpentry, and laying tile. Dad and I bought a brick block building in South Salt Lake which has provided me with hundreds of hours of building and finishing opportunities. I love to go to the lake to boat and swim, the ocean to snorkel and scuba dive, the deserts and mountains to hike and walk about. My wife and I have been Sealed in the Temple and Married nearly thirty years. We are the parents of three teenagers who we love very much and are so grateful to share our lives with. I joke that our work is done, but I know we are in for much more fun.

Why I am a Mormon

As a child my Father and my siblings and I would lay on our backs staring at the night sky. We wondered who was doing the same thing on another world looking our way. There is a God who is our Father in Heaven. He loves me. He wants me to know about Him. He wants me to know His Son, Jesus Christ the Savior. He has shared truth with me through His words in the Scriptures. He has let me know more through His prophet Joseph Smith. And He shares with me today through His servants our living Prophet and Apostles.

How I live my faith

As best I can. I was born to parents who loved and cared for me unconditionally. They worked hard to provide for my sisters and brother, sacrificing their own comforts and desires to give us a stable, safe environment. They also participated fully in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. They attended sacrament meeting, Sunday school and other gatherings and meetings. They donated their time and talents. They taught us about fasting and we donated the money we would have spent on the food to the church to care for the needy. They paid a tenth of their earnings as a tithing. Time was donated at church farms, canneries, dairies and manufacturing facilities. When I was eight I chose to be baptized and confirmed a member of the church. We are all born with the light of Christ but as a member of the church I was given the Gift of the Holy Ghost to be a constant companion as I have lived this life. You know I love to work and make things if you know me at all. I believe that faith without works is dead. So, as I live to be a follower of Christ I work to be more like him as an outward expression of my beliefs. I have been blessed to follow my parents example as I have grown in what is now my faith and knowledge. As best I can? I am not perfect. There are so many choices I would make differently if I could choose again. Our life's journey doesn't allow for that so I have become practiced at repentance. Our Savior died for me and you and suffered for all sin. Each week as I repent, the sacrament provides the means for me to renew my covenants or promises to be like Christ. This ordinance and my promises make it possible for me and you to become perfect in Christ, allowing me and you to be the best we can. I believe in being good to all men, and I wish to do this. I have made mistakes saying and doing things Christ would not approve of. And so I say, as best I can.