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Hi I'm David O.

I'm a soccer enthusiast, I am a connoisseur of music, I'm a missionary...and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in something of a musically-inclined family. My parents often say that they traded our TV time for music. Our family really bonded around music. When it began, we all started off playing the violin. This changed as I then being the rebellious fool that I am went off to play the cello. Then, my sister Suzanne switched to the viola, thus creating a string quartet with five musicians. I don't want to say that I didn't enjoy the musical experience beforehand but rather, I hadn't ever realized how much I enjoyed the experience until we formed a musical group. It was a blast! We would play at weddings, business dinners, formal city events, and more weddings. It was at that time that I truly realized that I loved my family. We really got to know each other and help each other get better. We weren't perfect, but it helped us come to the realization that we enjoyed each other. I guess that is where my religion took root. I wouldn't be anywhere without my family. They are part of my foundation, helping me to know who I am and what I strive for. I am so proud of my family and I am grateful for the amazing example that they are to me. I guess you could say that my religion is my family. I believe that we are all a big family. That our purpose - to become selfless, putting others before ourselves, just as we would or should in our own, personal family.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because of how it has affected my life. It has helped me overcome personal trials. It has helped my family through hard times. It has kept us together. It has helped me realize what I value in life and gives me purpose and direction. For me, I feel that life throws a lot at us. TV ads that promise tons for only a few small payments. Magazines that make us feel bad about how we are. Music that deteriorates our sense of self. It often leaves me wondering what is the real point of all of this. What is my purpose. That is why I am a Mormon. It answers those questions that I have. It helps me to know what is real. That is something that I have learned serving a mission in California, away from everyone I know and love. I love my family. I love my friends. I care about people. and I love God. That... is me.

How I live my faith

I have the wonderful opportunity to talk with people about the things that I truly believe, 24/7. It is quite simply an honor and a privilege to be called as a missionary - to dedicate all of my time and effort on helping others. As a missionary, we often ask people, "Is there anything we can help you with?" When people take us up on this offer, we many times are asked to do things that we wouldn't normally find ourselves doing... and it is great! Somehow, someone asking us to help them with their dishes is a delight rather than being droll. It makes me think, "Hmm... maybe my whole view of life has been wrong all along. Maybe helping others or thinking about others makes me happier than just thinking about myself."