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Hi I'm David Lignell

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I teach Chemical Engineering at BYU. I have always loved science and learning about how the beautiful world we live in works. I believe that God has revealed science and the practices that enable men and women to discover his secrets of creation. I've lived in Utah all my life, except for three-and-a-half years we lived in the Bay area of California while I was a graduate student. Utah is a wonderful place to live with many warm people. I love living at the base of the big mountains; they are like a protective hand. I am married with four children--from high school to preschool. Most of my spare time is spent with my family, but I love to play classical guitar, and I play whenever I can. I also love to camp and hike the mountains. I've just finished serving as a Scoutmaster in the Boy Scouts of America for the past three years, and what great fun is that! Life is meant to be lived, and lived well.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born to Mormon parents who actively lived their faith and taught me to do likewise. I am very fortunate in this, but I have had to learn for myself of God's love for me, and of what he expects of me. I had opportunities to question my faith, and to leave it. But where would I go? It is true what Peter said when the Lord asked him he and his friends would also go away, and he said "to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life" (John 6:68). I believe in Jesus Christ, he continues to redeem me, and he has the words of eternal life. I have a Heavenly Father who loves me, and wants me to be happy. He blesses me in this life, and offers me hope of a better world. He said, "draw near unto me, and I will draw near unto you" (D&C 88:63), and I've found that is true. Try it, it is true. I am just another person, but you and I are brothers and sisters, and real sons and daughters of God. We just need to believe, and act on that belief.

How I live my faith

I live my faith simply, by doing, by participating in everyday ways. I go to church each week, where I learn from good men and women who teach by inspiration. They are people like me, with their own problems, but together we uplift and help one another. We are friends, but I am also a home teacher, and serve with my son; we visit our neighbors each month. It is a community of faith, and all are welcome. My family is precious to me, and I try to teach them that they may also come to know God, and what they can become. I pray with my family, and we read God's word in the Bible and Book of Mormon. We try to learn and play together each week in Family Home Evening. I am currently serving as a Cubmaster in the Boy Scouts of America. It is very rewarding to serve and help young boys to grow to be men of character. There is a scripture in the Book of Mormon that says that God works by small and simple means to bring about great things, and I try to contribute as best I can.