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Hi I'm David

I teach Asian History, love my family, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a husband and father of two precious girls. I'm also a professor of Asian History at the local university and love to spend time chatting with students about different historical trends and ideas. In studying history I love learning about how similar people are, and even though there are differences, that we are all children of God is really evident. In my spare time I like to work on my house and hopefully someday I'll finish some of the many projects that I have started. I also like to read and am the faculty adviser of a number of clubs on campus.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the church and have always been active. Many people talk about a singular experience where they knew that the church was true. There is that one point when their testimony begins to grow. I don't have that. With me, it has always been there, from as early as I can remember, and it isn't any one experience, but hundreds and thousands of experiences that have built my testimony. The gospel of Jesus Christ is a huge part of who I am, and I have felt the Spirit witness this to me many times. It is just something that I know and I cannot deny.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith by being a good example. I try to help in whatever I am asked to do in church, and try to live according to the principals of the gospel. I believe that there shouldn't be any different standard for how I behave when I'm at church, home, or work. Therefore, I try to be an example wherever I am. Of course I am imperfect and make mistakes all the time, but I try to be a little bit better every day and no matter where I am, or who I'm with, I want to be an example of the believers.

In whom should we have faith?

David
The question of who we should have faith in is simply complex. Of course, we should have faith in Jesus Christ. After all, He is the one who atoned for us and made it so our sins could be forgiven. Christ is the one who sacrificed Himself so we could live. Applying that faith requires more effort and accounts for the complexity of the equation. Faith in Christ means we realize that there is something bigger than ourselves, and at the same time, understand that God loves us so much that He sent His Only Son down to die for us. It means that we take off the blinders of seeing only the mortal and recognize that Christ has made available to us the everlasting. With that, our priorities should change from the here and now, to those things that are eternal. Thus, we should have faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, Savior of the world, and by doing so our lives will be changed as we live for eternal rewards and not the immediate gratification of this mortality. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

David
 I think there are several reasons people call the LDS Church a cult. Sometimes it is done out of malice. Some people don't know the doctrines and out of insecurity use the derogatory title as a means of avoiding the responsibility to learn and make a decision. They want to deride the church with preconceived ideas and marginalize it because they feel it will absolve them of their responsibility to learn and honestly question if the teachings are true. Some people have studied the gospel and have rejected it. Many times these people have been members who for some reason have become very opposed to the church. I think that for many of them the same rationalization applies as those who don't really understand. They actively seek to deride the church in an attempt to absolve themselves from the morality it teaches. There are also those who call the church a cult who don't do it out of malice, but who just don't know otherwise. For someone who has been exposed to anti-Mormon rhetoric, there is no other frame of reference. The dictionary has multiple definitions of the term including the generic idea of "a system of religious beliefs and rituals" to "a religion regarded as unorthodox." Depending on the definition any church can be seen as a cult. Possibly someone could use it as a means to distinguish the church from a Protestant conglomeration of churches. The term has evolved to have a negative connotation though, and those who use it as a means of marginalizing and deriding the church do so in an effort to justify their opposition to the moral codes the church advocates. Show more Show less