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Hi I'm David

I live in Arizona and was born and raised here. I’m a 5th generation Arizonan and a 6th generation Mormon.

About Me

My wife Laura and I have three sons, all of which are married. All three sons have served two-year fulltime missions for our church (South Dakota, New York, and Nicaragua) as did Laura and I (Ecuador and New England). We have four grandchildren. My favorite place to be is with my family. Laura and I both graduated from college. I am a Certified Public Accountant and began my career at Price Waterhouse. I have also been employed as controller of a newspaper and as vice president and chief financial officer of a homebuilder. Our oldest son has a master’s degree in engineering and is employed by American Express. Our second son has a bachelor’s degree and is currently attending medical school. Our youngest son is attending law aschool. All three sons earned Eagle Scout Awards.

Why I am a Mormon

I consider myself greatly blessed to be a Mormon. Understanding the fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ as taught by the Church allows me to understand the purpose of life and why it is important for me to use my time and other resources wisely while on the earth. That understanding has also helped me recognize the critical importance of the atonement of Jesus Christ, of developing faith, hope, charity, and of repenting of my sins and serving others. There came a point in my life when I felt a critical need to know for myself whether The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was the Lord’s true church on the earth. The answers I have received have come cumulatively over time and only after significant personal effort and patience. I have come to know by personal revelation and personal experience that the Savior’s promise in John 7:17 is true: “If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.” I know that the “doctrine of Christ” is of God. The Spirit has also born witness to my soul that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the true church restored to the earth by God through the Prophet Joseph Smith. I am grateful for the knowledge I have that all mankind “through faith in the atonement of Jesus Christ and repentance of their sins, receive strength and assistance to do good works that they otherwise would not be able to maintain if left to their own means. This grace is an enabling power that allows men and women to lay hold on eternal life and exaltation after they have expended their own best efforts. (“Grace” LDS Bible Dictionary)

How I live my faith

My family has been positively influenced and strengthened by the church, and by the communities and neighborhoods in which we have lived. The church provides support for strong moral behavior, wholesome activities, and mutual respect and interaction with neighbors and friends. The schools in our community are respected and have had lasting positive influences on my sons as they participated in music and theatrical performance groups, service projects, and student government. Many of my sons’ closest friends have been neighbors and friends from school. I was likewise benefited as I grew up. As a church leader and Boy Scout leader I have appreciated and enjoyed working with youth and adults in service projects that have included cleaning cemeteries, providing forest fire after care, preparing humanitarian personal hygiene kits, building soil erosion barriers in national forests, cleaning and painting fire hydrants, collecting supplies for homeless shelters, cutting and sanding wooden building blocks, quilting baby blankets and knitting beanie caps for newborns in hospitals, planting trees at schools and parks, repairing and painting homes, repairing city and school playground facilities, collecting donations for food banks, cleaning church buildings and landscaping, etc. I have also been blessed to teach religious classes to youth and adults, teach boy scout merit badge classes, teach family budget training classes, and have served in many other capacities such as participating in parent booster organizations for school groups, providing assistance and support for unemployed individuals, and assisting in church administrative duties and financial control positions. I look forward to continued service opportunities in the future.