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Hi I'm David

I grew up in upstate New York, I have been a Latter-day Saint for over 40 years, and I am an amateur radio enthusiast.

About Me

I am married and the father of three children, two of whom are still living. I spent twenty years in the US Air Force, and am an amateur radio operator. I am currently employed in retail sales.

Why I am a Mormon

My first “contact” with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints came dis-information in high school. We moved out west. Somewhere around Montana, my mother suddenly blurted out, “Let's go to Salt Lake City and see the Mormons!” I remembered what my history teacher in high school had said. Because of that bit of mis-instruction, I wanted no part of Mormons. Nevertheless, we arrived in Salt Lake City late in the day, and got a motel room. We went to Temple Square and I picked up a pamphlet of Joseph Smith's testimony, and bought a Book of Mormon. I was absorbed in the Joseph Smith pamphlet. I felt it was true and I wanted to know more. I was a bit upset when I came to the end of the pamphlet, because I thirsted for more. I have never been so absorbed in anything like I was in that testimony. Later, when I prayed to know if the Church was true, I recognized that same good feeling, and knew it was from Heavenly Father. We continued on, and landed in Phoenix. I got a job in a television store delivering televisions. One of the part time workers there was a convert to the Church. I quickly found out he belonged to the Church, and watched him like a hawk. He was a good example for me. He did nothing he shouldn't have done. One day, we went into Phoenix to deliver a television and set up an antenna. While on the rooftop, he turned to me and said, “How much do you know about the Mormon Church?” He asked me if I would like to have the discussions. I was praying, and really trying to find out if the Church was true. One Sunday, I felt a warm pounding feeling in my heart, the sweet confirmation of the Holy Ghost. I had had my answer to my prayers. I knew the Church was true and I had to become a member. I was baptized on January 31st, 1970. I have had my ups and downs in the Church, but I have never thought, even for a second, that the Church wasn't true. Joining this church is the best thing that has ever happened to me.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by keeping the lord's commandments to the best of my ability. I will give you some examples. We have a Word of Wisdom in the Church, that states in part, that we do not drink tea or coffee. I have heard that character is what one does when no one is around. There have been plenty of opportunities for me to drink tea or coffee when no one around me knew that I was a Latter-day Saint. In over forty years, I haven't had either one of them. I have several prayers a day. I try to read my scriptures daily. I don't always make it, but I do most times. Since becoming an amateur radio operator, I have had a calling in the Church as a stake group of local congregations emergency communications coordinator.I have arranged a monthly meeting of new amateur ham radio operators, and I was able to open it up to the local community. I am working toward having a fully working communication system in this area, in case landlines and cell phones are inoperative. It is a big challenge, but I know it will be worth it in the end.