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Hi I'm David Strand

I grew up in Spokane, Washington, I served in the USAF for 10 year, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

When I was in junior high, I was one of the smallest boys in the entire school and was often bullied. I hated it and as an adult I decided to help break that cycle and became a martial arts instructor while I served in the USAF. I taught young people for over elven years to develop the courage to stand up for themselves through self-discipline and discovering their own talents. Due to health issues I no longer teach martial arts but continue to mentor those around me. I developed this mantra that I strive to live by every day, “I count Success by the number of people I help along the way.”

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised Catholic, my mother had us attend church and catechism classes regularly through my youth. My material grandparents were also very active is serving in their parish and during the summer we (their grandchildren) often helped them in a variety of projects and activities, which all laid the foundation for my religious beliefs. I met with the “Mormon” missionaries when I was 17 years during a time when my friends and I were rebelling against our parents and making bad choices that could have lifelong consequences. Everything they taught me fit within my own beliefs and understanding of God. When they introduced Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon, I did not question it. It only made sense to me that God continued to talk to prophets like he did in the Old and New Testament. But what amazed me most was the missionaries told me not to take their word for it, that I could personally pray to God and ask Him personally if what they taught me was true. It all felt right and I was baptized. It was about four months later when I attended a youth campout and youth conference, which provided activities designed to help teenagers 14-18 years old feel the influence of the Holy Ghost. For the first time in my life, I really knew God loved me and he had a plan for me. This had such a profound effect on me and I began making chooses that positively changed my life. Living the Gospel of Jesus Christ is not always easy, there are influences in this world who want to destroy the family and belittle me for my faith and beliefs, but it has all been worth it. I have felt the happiest when I have been closest to my Father-In-Heaven, following the example of my Savior Jesus Christ, and while serving others. There are many things in my life I wish I could undo, but following Jesus’ example and being baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and becoming a Mormon has never been on that list.

How I live my faith

Since joining the Church of Jesus of Latter-day Saints when I was 17-years-old, I have had the privilege to serve in many church assignments. Here is a list of some of those assignments, youth class secretary, full-time missionary in Southern California, Sunday school teacher for all age groups including Children 18 months to 11-years-old, teenagers, and adults classes, congregation records clerk, leader of our congregation’s missionary efforts, president of our men’s organization responsible for more than 80 families, Cub Master, and Assistant Scout Master to mention a few. In many of these assignments I felt in adequate for the task but there were always those to train and advise me as well as my Father-In-Heaven who always helped me rise to the challenge and discover talents hidden within me. We may be unique in these efforts as we have a lay ministry and fulfill these assignments without compensation and often without recognition. I have done this because I love my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and those I serve. I want to follow Christ’s instructions to love the Lord my God with all my heart, and with all my soul, and with all my mind, and love my neighbors as myself. (Matthew 22:36-39). As an Elder in the church I have had an ongoing assignment to visit 2-4 families in their homes every month for the past 30 years. Though as team (two men or father and son) we are initially assigned to visit these families; however. we often develop lifelong friendships with those we visit. With all this church service, the most important work I do is within the walls of my own home. With the help of my wife, we teach our children how to pray, read the scriptures, and have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. We are not perfect at this, but because we love each other we are always willing to give each other another second chance to improve.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

David Strand
Some people call Mormonism a cult to instill fear. If you fear something, you will avoid it. True, we are a unique and particular people. We believe God continues to talk to man, the Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ, and marriages can continue beyond the grave. The great wonderment of Mormonism is we teach those who are investigating our faith they can knell in private prayer and ask God to personally know if the things we teach are true. God is the one being in this universe you should not be afraid to speak to about anything. Show more Show less