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Hi I'm David

I grew up in New Hampshire. I spent a year in Austria as an exchange student. I have spent 33 years as a family history librarian.

About Me

I grew up in New Hampshire, USA. Now my wife and I now live in Idaho. In school and college I studied Latin, French, German, and Spanish. My hobbies are vegetable gardening, family history, languages, taking long walks, and photography, and doing water colors. We have five children and soon, fourteen grandchildren. My wife and I were educated as teachers. I taught for several years. We enjoy education and we are helping Indian children at a non-profit junior high school in Otavalo, Ecuador. Family history is a hobby and a real adventure -- discovering clues about our family history in Denmark, Sweden, England, Ireland, Scotland, Czechoslovakia, Italy, and Russia. We recently made a seven generation family tree for our five children, and cousins. Now we are searching out generation eight. The Church has wonderful resources to help everyone climb their family tree.

Why I am a Mormon

As a child I loved to read Bible stories about prophets and saints of olden times. I felt inside that there should be prophets and saints in our day. Thus I began a search different religions and churches. The Good Lord led me to find a Book of Mormon, and that led me to the missionaries. I found this wonderful church which has living prophets, the Living Lord Jesus, and a multitude of living Saints. I am delighted! I know this is a restoration in our days of Jesus' church. I am so glad I was led to this church!

How I live my faith

I reach out to bless those about us. I serve as a Home Teacher to two families. My wife and I serve as family history consultants in our congregation and help at a Family History Center. We help in the temple. We help a native American Indian school in Ecuador where our friend is the director. We will soon (February 2012) have fourteen grandchildren, and we are very happy!! My wife and I love to read the Scriptures daily and pray together. Prayer brings so many blessings! I know Heavenly Father lives and answers all prayers.

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Yes, families can be together forever! --- Jesus Christ gave power to His disciples to seal families together forever when He said, “And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven” (Matthew 16:19). Death does not need to be the end of our relationships with cherished loved ones. The Lord revealed to Joseph Smith that the “same sociality which exists among us here will exist among us there [in eternity], only it will be coupled with eternal glory” (Doctrine and Covenants 130:2). Show more Show less

What are some of the ways that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints helps those around the world?

We help around the world to see people live happier lives. For example, Latter-day Saint Charities is a Church organization that: Distributes food. Provides assistance in times of disaster such as volunteers to help in cleanup, the use of chapels for shelter, as well as food, water, and medical supplies free of charge. Funds and encourages projects that benefit stricken communities. Teaches self-reliance. Helps people begin small business enterprises in their own homes. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Yes, we certainly are Christians. We believe Jesus came to the earth, took upon himself our sins, died, and was resurrected. He will come again to rule upon the earth, and then the earth will finally have peace. We hold Jesus as our Savior, our Redeemer, our Friend. We love Him dearly and keep His teaching central in our daily lives. Show more Show less

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

Just as people should have car insurance, home insurance, and health insurance as safety nets for unforeseen events, we should have food, water, clothing, medical supplies, and basic necessities in our homes in case we lose our employment, are struck by an accident or serious illness, or our community is struck with a natural disaster such as a flood or tornado. We believe that if we are prepared we need not fear. Show more Show less

What is the First Vision?

The First Vision is a beautiful history of how The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was restored to the earth through the prophet Joseph Smith, Jr. In the spring of 1820, Joseph went to a grove of trees near his home and prayed to learn which church he should join. In answer to his prayer, Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, appeared to him. Joseph wrote: “When the light rested upon me I saw two Personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description, standing above me in the air. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name and said, pointing to the other—This is My Beloved Son. Hear Him!” Joseph was told to join none of the churches that existed at that time as the priesthood authority and Church as Jesus Christ had organized it when He was on the earth had been lost over the centuries. From that wonderful First Vision God's work to restore His true church to the earth was set in motion. We now have the restored church, just as it was when Jesus walked on upon the earth. Show more Show less

How can I find someone to talk with, in person, about the Mormon religion?

You very likely have a congregation of our Church near you. Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints live throughout the world. They are willing to share their feelings and beliefs with those who are interested. If you know or meet members of the Church, we invite you to let them know what you have learned on this Internet site and discuss your questions with them. If you do not know a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we invite you to visit with representatives of the Church to learn more about the information you have viewed on this site. Please call 1-888-537-6600 (in US and Canada only) or use the following form to arrange for these representatives to visit your home and share some of Christ’s teachings that answer life’s questions and helped people find greater happiness. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

We do not practice polygamy. Our church has this position: “This Church has nothing whatever to do with those practicing polygamy. They are not members of this Church.... If any of our members are found to be practicing plural marriage, they are excommunicated, the most serious penalty the Church can impose. Not only are those so involved in direct violation of the civil law, they are in violation of the law of this Church.” Show more Show less