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Hi I'm David

I am the son of a Jewish father and Christian mother, husband, father of four, CEO of a non-profit. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a husband of 26 years and father of four who, like most of us on this journey through life, wants to find true peace and happiness. I love my job, though I spend entirely too much time commuting and travelling. Over the last 10 years I have become an addicted do-it-yourselfer.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a skeptic by nature. In fact, I encourage my employees to "Question Everything." My college training and first career for a dozen years was in TV news. Suffice it to say that I was not one to just go along with the crowd. I knew that if I was going to be involved with religion, it was going to be for a reason -- not just some church to make me feel good for an hour on Sunday morning. I knew that God would require more of us. I knew there must be a "right way." How could it be otherwise? The Church of Jesus Christ was established during His mortal ministry. It was HIS church. Where, then, is THAT church? The one with "....apostles and some, prophets and some, evangelists and some, pastors and teachers." Ephesians 411 Where is the authority to baptize? Where is baptism for the dead? 1 Cor 1529 For me, any religion that does not explain God's plan for those who have already passed on without the Gospel of Jesus Christ, could not be just, and therefore, could not be true. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has all of the truth. It answers the questions that are so obviously avoided by others.   

How I live my faith

With so much to distract us these days it is easy to slip into living two lives -- our church life and our "regular" life. But it seems that the Lord wants us each to be His people every minute of every day. Currently, I serve as the Ward Mission Leader in our church congregation. That means I get to work with the young full-time missionaries who come to our town from all over the country -- actually from all over the world. It is an amazing thing to feel the spirit of these young people who PAY THEIR OWN WAY, all because they love the Lord and want to share with others the truths that make them happy.  

How does the Church finance its operations?

David
Honestly, this is one of the key criteria that help me know the Church is true. The Church is financed through the tithing donations made by its members. We have no paid ministry -- instead all of my tithing funds are used to pay for the building up of the church, not just in my area but worldwide. It seems just a little too convenient to ignore what the Lord says about tithing in Malachi when He says, "...prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it." Show more Show less

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

David
Mormons are really like everyone else. We have the same difficulties and trials that everyone living in this world experiences. I am often asked by my friends why Mormons seem so happy. I think it is because living the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and understanding why we are here, brings us a deeper sense of happiness and joy, which allows us to live happily in spite of life's trials. I agree -- families in the Church are the happiest people I know, and that makes sense, doesn't it? The Gospel of Jesus Christ should bring peace and happiness. It should answer life's questions -- not create more questions. The Gospel is not about mystery. It is about the love of God and His plan for His children. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

David
It is happiness. Seriously, it is just pure happiness and joy. My wife and I have had to move a number of times throughout our lives. No matter where we went, we felt like we had instant friends in the congregation in our new area. The Church brings us deep happiness and joy, unlike any other found in this life. And it gives us a support system that brings comfort and courage to face life's trials. I honestly cannot imagine what it would be like to try to raise a family -- or just go through life on my own -- without the support of the Church and the blessings of the restored Gospel. Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

David
It is a great question! These days, so many people worship in so many different ways. Let me try to give you a few customs Mormons members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints often refer to each other as brother and sister. That is because we are quite literally brothers and sisters, children of a loving Heavenly Father. Referring to each other as brother and sister helps us remember that eternal plan for each of us, as well as our very real relationship to God. Because we are there to worship God, Mormons believe in wearing our Sunday best out of reverence. What does that mean? It is typical that there will be those worshipping in coat and tie, sitting next to his good friend who is wearing slacks and a Polo shirt, who might be sitting next to someone wearing blue jeans. The issue is less about what we are actually wearing, and more about who we are there to worship. Church services typically have two or three members of the congregation giving short sermons we call them talks. That is because the Lord said, "Come, follow me." Not "sit down and let me preach at you." We learn more through our own participation, and from the talks and perspectives prepared by others. Our congregation is presided over by a Bishop who is called by the Lord to oversee the congregation. What most religions call a congregation or church, we call a "ward." This is one of the things that let's me know this is truly the Lord's church. That's because we attend the congregation in the area we live rather than picking and choosing congregations based on the personality of the pastor, or the income level of the members, or their average education level, or their race. Just like heaven, we are all equal and all God's children. As I look around the congregation on Sunday, I cannot help but smile and think, "this is the way Jesus wants it." I have deep loving friendships with people from all walks of life, all background, all perspectives, and it makes me a more loving and understanding Christian.   Show more Show less