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Hi I'm Dave

I'm a happily married husband and father of five boys. I am a computer geek from the state of Washington, and I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I am someone who enjoys life and tries to find the good in everyone/everything around me. I served two years as a missionary in Korea. A year later I joined the Army after taking a few college classes and thinking the Army would be better, switching to the Army National Guard and retiring from there after a total twenty years. I started my military career as a mechanic, following a hobby I had picked up in my high school days. Later I changed my career to the field of computers, managing to turn another hobby into a career that I'm still working in today. At some point I realized I should return to college and completed a four-year degree only thirteen years after high school. Nearly a decade after that I heard someone speak about education and decided to go on, achieving an MBA. I value my education and stress the importance of that to my sons and others. I love living near the water. I enjoy the outdoors, fishing, sports, and most anything that allows me to spend time with my family. I spend lots of my spare time working with the Boy Scouts of America, helping youth and their leaders learn the values taught within that organization. I also love cycling, though I wish I could find more time to ride. I have an exercise bike indoors, but I'd much rather be out pedaling through the wind enjoying the beauty of the outdoors, especially here in the Pacific Northwest.

Why I am a Mormon

My family experienced many trials throughout my younger years. When I was a teenager we were introduced to the Mormon church through a friend of our family. The teachings seemed to make sense, providing answers to the questions my mother had during her experiences attending other churches. We had never settled on one religion, just attending with neighbors, or extended family. Mostly we didn't attend at all. Then we met the missionaries and listened to what they had to say. The things we learned were somewhat new and exciting, yet seemed so familiar. The gospel has provided support through the challenges of life, even helping to provide answers when my sister passed away from cancer at age 14. That was then, but what about now? Why am I a Mormon? Everywhere I've gone I have found the Mormon church. It is the same everywhere I've been. Throughout the US, in Korea, in Germany, everywhere I go the church is the same, and I always feel welcome. More important than that in answering this question, is that I have done what the missionaries taught me. They shared what they believed, then told me that I should pray about it to get my own answer as to what was true. At some point I received a strong feeling, a confirmation of what I had been taught. Throughout my life I have had many more experiences where I just felt, just knew, that the messages regarding the gospel of Jesus Christ were true. I have come to know Jesus Christ is my Savior and am so grateful for his life, teachings, and example. And I know he lives again, for he was resurrected that day so many years ago. And that is why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I do my best to be honest in all I do. I do my best to treat everyone nicely. I watch for opportunities to serve other people, helping out in any way I can. I think most people around me know that I am a Mormon. I keep a copy of the Book of Mormon in my car in case someone asks me for information about what I believe. Having been a missionary before, I try to help out the missionaries whenever I can. They often hold jobs during school and save money to be able to serve, as the calling of a missionary is not a paid position. It is two years (18 months for sisters) of volunteer services somewhere in the world, and they appreciate the help they get from people in the areas where they serve. In the Mormon church we receive callings, being called to serve in some role in the church. Sometimes callings are doing things we are quite experienced in, but other times that calling might be a real stretch out of our comfort zone. It is almost always a great experience where I can help others and learn lots myself. I currently have been called as a 'sports director', and serve by helping to organize and run athletic leagues in the church on a local level. We do basketball and volleyball each year, and sometimes do softball, bike rides, or track and field events. I also serve as a 'unit commissioner' in the Boy Scouts, helping some of our local units keep in touch with the local district and council. Being a father of five boys, I have served in many callings with the youth. Serving in the scouting program has been lots of fun, giving me many opportunities to work/play with my own sons while serving. And that's how I live my faith.