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Hi I'm Dave

I'm a Dad, a Husband, a Computer Security Researcher, a Barbershop Baritone, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Much of my life revolves around my amazing family: my wife and daughters, and which is now extending into a second generation. We've always kept each other smiling and love making music together. Music is my hobby too; I arrange music and sing baritone in a barbershop quartet named The Riverwalkers. I've been fascinated with gadgets and electricity since I was young, and a merit badge counselor introduced me to ham radio, and eventually I became an electrical engineer and software developer. I research computer security. I was a die-hard geek long before it was accepted or cool.

Why I am a Mormon

I am thankful for my membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I have watched the principles of Christ's gospel bless every aspect of my life. It challenges me to be better, opens my eyes to God's perspective and purpose, and shows me peace and happiness that I never would have supposed. My witness has in part come from prayers answered by the Holy Ghost. Some of these occasions, burned into my memory, have become pillars of my life's faith. Through these I've known that this mortal life is not the end of our existence; that God loves me and has planned for my happiness; that Jesus Christ is our Savior and that through Him, I can eventually overcome every problem. Nothing has given me more joy on this earth than watching the gospel bless the lives of my family. I have encouraged each daughter to find our for herself of the truth of the message and the depth of God's love, for herself, and each has been rewarded with heavenly answers. My faith was tested recently in a heart-wrenching manner. My youngest daughter was 23. She was bright and beautiful, clever and kind, a musician and a valedictorian, and loved by all who knew her at home and at the medical school she attended. She died suddenly and unexpectedly of a heart defect that was previously undetected. Since this stunning news and to this day, in the depth of my sorrow, I have felt a comfort beyond anything earthly; I have felt peace beyond my comprehension. I have been given a greater insight into the saving power of the Lord, and a view into that despair from which He saves us. I testify that He is very, very kind; Through Him, my tears of gratitude far outnumber my tears of grief. I rejoice in the God's promise that our loving family relationships can continue for eternity. The idea of anyone facing such a loss without this sure knowledge is painful to me. I feel an urgent desire to share what I now know of His goodness, and show others how they can find it for themselves.

How I live my faith

I try my best to let others know what the Lord has done for my family, and often it's apparent enough that neighbors and friends ask questions first. I live in a suburban neighborhood full of busy people, and it's my personal goal to bring my neighbors together to know and appreciate one another. It's amazing what a little offer of help can do. I love serving as a home teacher with my nephew. We visit frequently with the families we have been entrusted to serve, encourage, teach, and help and we feel rewarded by sweet friendships and memories. We often give priesthood blessings when they are sick. We love to help, and even scold them a little if they forget to call us when in need. We were delighted this week to find one family needed help with the wiring on their ceiling fan. What a coincidence for a companionship comprised of an electrical engineer and an apprentice electrician! One or two nights every week, I serve in the San Antonio Temple. I have a great love for the work that the Lord performs in His temples. Inside I have witnessed the great blessings of many families being bound together for eternity. I see the great plan being carried out to provide essential saving ordinances such as baptism to those who passed on without the opportunity to receive those blessings. I feel the Holy Spirit's presence and peace in great abundance there. Currently, my other callings involve music. I serve as music chairman for our congregation, and also direct the choir. I cannot imagine a finer group of people than the San Pedro Ward Choir. Each choir member has demands on their time and energy from family, church, work, and other areas. Yet every week, we meet to prepare our voices to testify and teach in song of the precious truths of the gospel. We hold no auditions and have no minimum age for the choir -- we only ask that all have a testimony and a desire to express it. Still, our little choir often makes some of the most beautiful sounds I have ever heard.