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Hi I'm Dave

I grew up in Idaho. I'm an eye surgeon. I'm my kid's live jungle gym. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Idaho the seventh of twelve children. I'm very close to my family. I was raised in the church and served as a missionary for the church in Japan for two years. This was probably the second most defining experience of my life. I am married and have four children. I love my family and truly believe this is my most important job. I am a resident physician training in ophthalmology. I love learning new things and I am amazed at how important and complex such a small organ can be. My wife and children love going on outings to the zoo, botanical gardens, or science center. We also enjoy our weekly movie night - complete with pizza, popcorn, and Redbox DVD. My wife and kids help me maintain balance. I think my favorite thing is watching my kids become so enthusiastic and awestruck by simple things that I often overlook. I wear a headband when I play basketball. I'm practical and I'm constantly trying to be more organized and in control of my life. One thing people are usually surprised to find out about me is that I was in a rock and roll band in high school. Another might be that I played in three Shakespearean classics.

Why I am a Mormon

I had read the Book of Mormon a few times before I questioned one afternoon whether it was really true. I had had someone ask me if I really believed what I had been taught. The encounter caught me off guard and I responded I did really believe, but I went home wondering. I decided to do like many others have done and attempt to have a real "answer" that the Book of Mormon was truly another true testament of Christ. That evening I climbed partway up a mountain and prayed to God to know if this was all true. The answer came like a voice to me. This felt natural and not weird or artificial. In my mind the words came to my mind, "You already know it's true. But if you want the confirmation you desire, you are going to have to work harder for it." Perhaps I had been too casual in my study. Perhaps I had anticipated receiving revelation from God would be easier. Either way I was determined to make a more diligent effort to know for myself. I was in my first year of college and spent a lot of time studying more intently, praying more intently. At this time I was also preparing to serve as a missionary. One afternoon I was sitting on my bed in my dorm room reading from the Book of Mormon. I don't remember what I was reading at the time, but I felt a very powerful, warm, and happy feeling come over me. I felt as though my body was a pitcher and the Lord was pouring pure joy into me and it was spilling over the top. I knew that God had answered my prayers. I have thanked God many times for that experience. I have had other experiences throughout my life that have confirmed that I was making the right decision. It usually feels comfortable, natural, and just right. The gospel of Jesus Christ has changed my life for the better. It provides a framework to build my life around. My faith is an anchor that gives me strength and helps me to be happy.

How I live my faith

Being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is awesome. Where else can one receive so much support and positive influence. I think my favorite part is just having good people around me. I feel my fellow members in our area are very genuine and constantly looking out for one another. My family had just moved to our new home in a new city when our youngest became very ill. He was in the hospital for a few days. We had never met any of the members in our new area, but many came forward with support. Not so much in what they said, but in what they did. People helped babysit, brought meals over, etc. I currently serve as the secretary to the bishop in our area and I am impressed how much our church is set up to help people with their temporal needs; although, more important than that, I am impressed how much the church sustains people's spiritual needs. I live my faith with the firm belief that God loves all of us. We are all His children, and He wants everyone to return to live with Him. He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to be a light and an example for us, and to show us the way to return to God. He has also given us prophets, scriptures, and personal inspiration if we are listening. I live my faith by trying to do what Jesus Christ would do. I read about His life, I try to develop a personal relationship with Him, and I want to help other people feel that connection with their Savior too. That was the most rewarding part about serving a two-year church mission. I live my faith by striving to be a positive influence in the world.