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Hi I'm Dave.

I spent 30 years working for the US Army. I recently retired so that I could work full-time for the Lord's "army." I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I like to think that first and foremost I am a husband and father. I married my best friend and sweetheart in the Manti, Utah, Temple, and we raised five beautiful children who are the best! After 32 years of a truly wonderful marriage, she suddenly passed away. I prayed that God would help me accept His will, and He did. Not only have I accepted His will, I am very much at peace because I know that through His atonement and resurrection I can be again with my sweetheart. I also prayed that he would strengthen me and help me to endure to the end of my own life so that I will be worthy to receive all of His blessings, especially that of being together with my eternal companion and our family. That prayer has also been answered, but not in the way I expected. The Lord, knowing me better than I know myself, knew that for me to endure to the end, I would need another good woman at my side to keep me on the straight and narrow. I am now married to another wonderful lady who lost her husband to cancer years ago. Together we have eight of the best children ever and have seven grandchildren with more on the way. I traveled a lot while growing up, while serving in the Army, and I still enjoy traveling. I enjoy doing yardwork and woodworking - skills that came in handy when I designed and did a lot of the work building one of our homes. I enjoy real estate and own several rental properties. Most of all, I enjoy time with family, doing family history , and attending the temple.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because Mormon doctrine clearly teaches who God the Father is, who Christ is, and who I am. Mormon doctrine clearly teaches the purpose of life and what I must do to return to the presence of God. Mormon doctrine clearly teaches teaches Christ's atonement and how I can apply it in my life. I am a Mormon because I know that God leads me and His Church through living prophets and apostles, just has He has always done when his Church has been on the earth. And I am a Mormon because God is all about families, I'm all about families, and His Church is all about families. I have seen God's hand and felt His love constantly during my life. He has protected me from harm and danger, He has given me opportunities to learn and grow, and He has blessed me far beyond what I I deserve. Others would describe much of what I have experienced in life as mere coincidence or as luck, but because of what I have seen and felt, I know that there is a God in Heaven who knows me and loves me. I know that as I have been faithful and obedient, He has blessed me and I have been in a better position to recognize those blessings. When I hear others tell their conversion stories I sometimes feel a bit inadequate in my own conversion. I can't recall the place or time that I received my testimony of Christ or when I knew for the first time that the Book of Mormon is true. To some degree I don't feel that I worked very hard for my testimony. The best way I know to describe it is that I feel like I have always known the Gospel of Jesus Christ is true. I don't feel like I've ever questioned or needed to question its truthfulness. I feel very grateful for having been blessed with the gift of believing on the words of others. I questioned many principles taught to me in my school classes, but when it came to principles taught in Sunday school or other church environments, I have always believed. I now count this as a very special blessing.

How I live my faith

I grew up in a small community where there were very few Mormons, and I felt a strong need and desire to be a good example to my friends. I was a leader in sports, academics, and school government which gave me many opportunities to teach the gospel through my words and actions. As a youth, my favorite scripture was from the prophet Nephi in the Book of Mormon who said "I will go and do the things that the Lord hath commanded...." That scripture guides my life as I try to understand God's will for me and then go and do what He would have me do. My career as an Army officer also provided me many opportunities to teach through my actions. I was always very careful to not outwardly preach, but I always worked hard to live Christ's teachings. Because of the way I acted, there was never any doubt about my strong faith and love for Christ. The many military assignments across the United States and abroad also gave me opportunities to serve in church leadership positions. On several occasions the Lord placed me in specific places at specific times where I was blessed to played significant roles in furthering His kingdom and bringing others to Christ. I have especially enjoyed my church responsibilities and assignments that allowed me to interact and work with youth. I served a two-year full-time mission to Madrid, Spain, as a youth and have always had a strong desire to serve missions for the Church with my wife as an older couple. As that opportunity grew nearer, my dream appeared to be shattered when my wife suddenly passed away several years ago. However, as I have continued to be as faithful and diligent in the gospel as I had ever been (so that I can receive the blessing of being with her again), I have been blessed to remarry a good woman who loves the Lord and whose desire to serve Him is equal, if not greater, to mine. And because of God's miraculous workings in my life, I will soon be serving a full-time mission with my wife.