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Hi I'm David

I'm a husband, a father, a student, a sports junky, and I love to stay busy. Oh, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

As a husband of a superbly creative woman and father of two beautiful (but messy) children with a full-time job and the course load of a Master's program, I stay fairly busy. There's always a home project to complete, a book to read, a phone call to make, or a make-believe dragon to slay, but I love every minute of it. I especially love having a wife who's a wonderful listener and will let me vent when I get overwhelmed with juggling all the balls in my life. My busy life now withstanding, I always seem to make time for sports, especially University of Kentucky basketball and Cincinnati Reds baseball. My wife would tell you that I'm obsessed, but I like to think of it as a healthy curiosity. Sports allow me to release stress by freeing myself from my life for a few hours and admiring the amazing athletic talents of others. I live to far away from Lexington, Kentucky to attend many Wildcat games, but fortunately I am able to attend between four to five Reds games per year with my family. I also enjoy reading non-fiction and keeping track of local, national, and international politics. I majored in International Studies and my Master's will be in International Administration.

Why I am a Mormon

I converted to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when I was 15 years old. Growing up, my immediate family didn't regularly attend any church, but my paternal Grandmother faithfully attended her local Baptist church and was a wonderful example what it means to be Christian. After meeting the missionaries and listening to their message, I was reminded of the feelings I felt when around my Grandmother and decided to listen. I was impressed by their emphasis on Christ, family, and service. I was suspicious of The Book of Mormon at first since I had been taught that only The Bible contained God's word, but after reading from The Book of Mormon and praying about its contents I am convinced that it comes from God. I was later blessed to serve as a missionary in Pusan, South Korea where my testimony of the power of The Book of Mormon was solidified as I watched it help others change their lives. I'm now blessed to serve in the Bishopric (equivalent to pastors in other Christian churches) of our ward. This calling has provided with countless opportunities to witness the great many acts of kindness rendered by the members of the ward. They all have their own unique challenges and trials, but they are united in the common goal of becoming a better follower of Jesus Christ each and every day. I enjoy being a part of such a wonderful group of people who are each focused on improving themselves and serving others. Of course, we make mistakes, but that's what repentance is for. Christ is always there to lift us, strengthen us, and wash away our mistakes through His marvelous Atonement and amazing grace.

How I live my faith

I really enjoy being a Christian and striving to follow Christ's example of service to others and spontaneous acts of kindness. I love the way it feels to get outside of myself and do something unexpected for a friend, family member, or sometimes even a total stranger. For example, this past year our congregation (we call them a ward or branch depending on size) participated in a number of service projects that helped us to demonstrate Christ-like love and charity. We teamed with local food pantries to collect food and donations for the Feed Ohio project. We helped the local school system by preparing bags of food to send home with children who otherwise would not have enough to eat over the weekend. We volunteered to rake leaves and stuff trauma dolls on Global Service Day. All of these activities allowed my family and I to give back a portion of the countless blessings we have received from our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. I recognize that I'll never be able to repay them for these blessings, but at least I can demonstrate my gratitude for my blessings by attempting to bless the life of someone else.

What is the First Vision?

David
The First Vision is the miraculous story of what happened when the boy Joseph Smith prayed to get an answer to which church was true and led by God and Jesus Christ. He retreated to grove of trees near his home and offered a heartfelt prayer to know which church he should join. In answer to this prayer, Joseph was visited by God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. They informed young Joseph that none of the churches on earth at the time were full and complete and that through him the true church of Jesus Christ would be restored to the earth. Show more Show less