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Hi I'm Dave

I'm a Mormon musician! Or at least I try.

About Me

I enjoy playing the piano and singing. I will play, or at least have a go at, any sport you can think of. The outdoors are just magnificent, especially in the middle of the mountain wilderness of the North-Western USA! I just love getting out there and pondering over the beauties of life and the creations given to us from our Heavenly Father.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the Church, but became a bit rebellious as a teenager. After attending seminary for 4 years and taking the teachings to heart, my love for the Gospel was drastically intensified. I could feel the presence of the Holy Ghost so much more in my life as I read from the scriptures and prayed to my Heavenly Father daily. I more readily exercised faith in my Savior, Jesus Christ, and was able to work through the repentance process to make myself a much better and happier person.

How I live my faith

I strive to bring music to my ward whenever the opportunity arises. I believe that music is the very best way to invite the Spirit into our meetings. It brings us closer to the Savior in a reverent manner.

What is the difference between attending church and the temple?

Dave
Church is a place where we go to prepare to enter the temple. Both are sacred houses of worship. The Holy Ghost resides in both places. We learn and grow in both. When we are prepared enough, we may enter the temple which draws us nearer to God in a much more sacred and powerful way. Only those who have been spiritually prepared enough to understand and appreciate the wonderful blessings of temple attendance are allowed to enter. It has nothing to do with keeping things secret, but has to do with keeping things sacred and special. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Dave
Of course not. If we did, we would cease to be The Church of JESUS CHRIST. We worship God and Jesus Christ alone. We pray to no one else except to the Father in the name of Christ. Show more Show less

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Dave
Mormon missionaries work hard before entering the mission field to save up the money necessary to fund 2 years of living away from home. Other generous members of the Church donate funds to support missionary work which go to support missionaries who lack the financial capabilities to serve on their own. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Dave
Get a Book of Mormon and have a Joseph Smith experience. Read and study the book and then kneel before your maker and ask Him through prayer to know if Joseph Smith really did translate it. If you are answered in the affirmative, you will know many great truths: The Book of Mormon is more of God's word, Joseph Smith is a prophet, and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is Jesus Christ's true Church restored to the Earth in its fulness with all of the doctrines and ordinances essential for eternal salvation. Your answer may not come as you may expect, but it WILL come in God's own way and own time by the power of the Holy Ghost. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

Dave
Our use of agency will determine where we go. If we have chosen righteousness, we go to a place of peace and rest. On the other hand, if we have not chosen righteousness, we go to a place of sorrow for a time. Those who are unhappy are taught the Gospel of Jesus Christ and are given the opportunity to enter into a state of peace, rest, and joy. Our spirits and perfected bodies are then reunited and we are glorified according to our works and desires. Those who have accepted the Gospel and lived it to its fullest are granted eternal progression, incomprehendible joy, and everlasting life! Show more Show less

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Dave
Being a Mormon has to be the greatest lifestyle of all! We live the commandments that God has set for us, but they make us free. Being a Mormon is the best way to find peace, joy, and love in an ever darkening world. The tragedies that surround us seem less threatening because we recognize the eternal purpose of these things. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about "eternal life?"

Dave
Think of the very happiest moment in your life. That happiness may be contained in a ping pong ball. The kind of happiness you will find in "eternal life" may not even be contained in an overinflated beach ball! It is magnificent and glorious. We will live with our mortal family as well as with Heavenly Father and His family in everlasting peace and joy! Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Dave
The Mormon Church is referred to as a cult because many people believe God does not speak through prophets or reveal new scripture. I am comforted to know that my loving Heavenly Father is unchanging and wants the very best for His children. He wishes to give us as many tools as He possibly can to help us find the truth without destroying the principle of faith. God has called a prophet and leads and guides this Church through revelation. Knowing that the Book of Mormon is true has led me to also know that the Mormon Church is not a cult but is a true organization created by a loving Father in Heaven to help us progress more rapidly in life. Show more Show less