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Hi I'm David

I study minority languages of Southeast Asia. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm an assistant professor in linguistics at a university. I enjoy science, political satire, photography, and—most of all—being with my wife (who lives on the other side of the Atlantic).

Why I am a Mormon

I was born a Mormon but struggled with doubt for many years. I decided to stay a Mormon because I believe I received a spiritual witness from God that he wanted me to. I also find that the teachings of the Mormon religion help me find meaning and purpose in life and help me make ethical and humane decisions.

How I live my faith

I try, against my nature, to be kind and fair to those around me. I also serve in the Church as teacher in Primary (Sunday school for children). Seven-year-old students can be much more intellectually challenging than nineteen-year-olds.

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Testimony really has three related meanings in Mormon parlance. First, it is a spiritual witness of the truthfulness of the Gospel from the Holy Ghost. Second, it is an outward witness, born through words or action, of the truthfulness of the Gospel. Third, it is the inward conviction that comes from the first and leads to the second. Show more Show less