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Hi I'm David

I grew up on a farm in Iowa and was raised in the Methodist Church, but today I'm a Mormon. I work as a Research Agronomist.

About Me

I grew up on a farm in Iowa, and was the second of three children. I enjoy photography, camping, and music. Currently my favorite hobby is playing acoustic guitar. I joined the church when I was in college pursuing a PhD. I am married and have eight children. Those eight children include a set of twins and two adopted children.

Why I am a Mormon

I was introduced to the church by several college friends and a professor who were members of the church. I was attracted to the church right away because of the high moral standards that were taught, the emphasis on family, the goodness of the people that I met and their conviction to their religious beliefs, and the happiness that was apparent in the lives of the members. I was also intrigued by the claim that this was the true church of Jesus Christ restored to the earth. I had always thought that if God was God, then there had to be but one church with one set of doctrines that could not be interpreted in many ways and changed to suit individual beliefs. And the Mormon Church claimed to be that church. But I had a hard time believing that God had given other scriptures - more than the Holy Bible, I guess because that belief was something taught to me in the early days of my youth. I also wasn't sure that the claim that Joseph Smith was a prophet was true. As the full-time missionaries taught me the restored gospel, I was invited to pray to know the truth about the Book of Mormon as true scripture. One evening as I prayed on my knees to know whether the Book of Mormon really was from God, I felt the answer come to me, quietly but with assurance, that indeed it was scripture from God. Then it followed that if the Book of Mormon was true, then Joseph Smith must have been a prophet and the instrument through whom the true church was restored to the earth. I know this to be true more today than I did that night when I was on my knees seeking for answers.

How I live my faith

Over the years I have served in many leadership and teaching positions in the church. I have taught gospel classes to adults, teenagers, and young children. I visit the homes of several members each month to check on their welfare and to present a gospel message. I have enjoyed being a leader in the Boy Scout troop that the church sponsors. My leadership positions have taught me the importance of daily prayer and scripture study in order to be able to feel the promptings of the Holy Ghost for the benefit of the church members that I serve as well as for the benefit of my family. I try to be a true disciple of Jesus Christ and honor my baptismal covenant to take his name upon myself and remember Him and keep His commandments. I am grateful for Christ's atonement and the opportunity that this great act of love affords me to repent, change, and start again.

What is the purpose of the welfare services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

The purpose of Church welfare is to seek out the poor and the needy and to help them on a temporary basis to meet their needs for the necessities of life: food, clothing, and shelter. All members of the church are taught the blessings of becoming self-sufficient and of working to provide for their own needs and the needs of their family members. They are assisted through church programs and instruction in learning how to become self-reliant, preparing for unforeseen emergencies, and gaining skills to find employment. Church members are encouraged to save for and obtain a year's supply of food, water, income, and fuel to be prepared for emergencies. Show more Show less