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Hi I'm Dave

I am an engineer, husband, father of four, and a Mormon.

About Me

I am employed as a systems engineer at an aerospace company. With four young kids, I am involved mostly with family outside of my employment. My wife and I teach help our children learn children piano, take them to soccer games, gymnastics, and cub scouts. We also keep a garden and love baking.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because my faith has led me to my Savior. The Savior and his teachings have re-inforced and supported the most important things in my life: That my family can be eternal, that I can be a better person tomorrow that I am today, that I can become self-reliant and be a blessing to others. I grew up in a household where I learned about Jesus Christ and His Atonement. I believed my parent’s teaching; but, believing something is different than experiencing for yourself. As I grew up, my parents taught me that if I did something wrong, I could repent and ask Heavenly Father to forgive me. I should also ask forgiveness of those that I offended, and try to make restitution. I tried to do that when I thought about it growing up. I remember one night as a teenager; I drove off by myself and sincerely prayed that the Lord would forgive me. I was truly sorry. Over time, I felt my guilt taken away from me. I know the Savior’s Atonement freed me. Joseph Smith the Prophet restored the truth about our Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. Once, a woman was sharing her testimony about how she knew that Joseph Smith was a prophet. In her experience, she was sitting in a meeting much like I was where someone else was sharing how they knew of the truth of the Prophet Joseph Smith, and felt the warm, comforting feelings of the Spirit testify to her that it was true. At that same time, I also experienced the same thing. A warm, peaceful feeling came over me and I felt the tenderness of my Savior helping me to know that what she was saying was true. My Heavenly Father and the Savior have helped in many occasions in my life. When making big decisions in my life, My Heavenly Father has answered my prayers and given me direction. He has comforted me in times of depression and anxiety. He has helped inspire me in raising children. I love My Father and the Savior with all my heart.

How I live my faith

My faith begins with personal devotion to My Father in Heaven and his Son Jesus Christ. I take time out of every day to learn from the Scriptures and to pray to My Father. I try to live God's principles in my family and at work. Some of the principles include being honest to those around me, taking personal responsibility for my actions, and helping others when I am able. I help in the church as a leader of a group of men. Together with three others, I help organize Gospel instruction in my church group, visit each of those individuals in the group, and encourage them to live up to the promises they have made to God.

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

This question seems to be one of the most common questions that I am asked. We call the law of health given through the Prophet Joseph Smith the "Word of Wisdom". The Word of Wisdom includes eating a balanced diet of vegetables, fruits, grains, and some meat, and abstaining from illicit drugs, alcohol, tobacco, coffee, and tea (although herbal tea is OK). I think that many people think it is odd that Mormons would not drink common things such as coffee and tea. Honestly, If I weren't a Mormon, I would probably feel the same way. The main reason I don't use tea and coffee is because I believe the Lord's prophet. Beyond that, I find that eating the "good things" from the Word of Wisdom gives me much more energy, makes me much more fit, and and keeps me much more healthly than drinking tea or coffee. Show more Show less