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Hi I'm Dave

I'm a father, a grand-father, a Deputy Fire Chief, a bad golfer... and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a 3rd generation Arizonan born and raised. I cherish time with my children and grand-children. I love playing golf with good friends, and watching football with my sons and son-in-laws. Nothing beats a good book and a quiet afternoon reading. I hope no one ever takes me too seriously...

Why I am a Mormon

I was influenced at a very young age by my paternal grand-mother. She was the youngest of 13 children and from strong Mormon pioneer heritage. Nearly all of her children, including my father, eventually stopped practicing the LDS religion, but her strong moral character and gentleness impacted me greatly, and I always felt a keen desire to follow her example. While the influence of my grand-mother, a single aunt and my own mother were strong reasons for keeping me on the straight and narrow path; as a fatherless young man, the guidance and example I received from the fathers of my Mormon friends was perhaps paramount to the life I have chosen as a Mormon. I hope someday to look back and know that my influence and example helped frame the life of not only my own children, but perhaps a few other young men, with whom I have more in common than they may ever know.

How I live my faith

Well, poorly I'm sure. I would be uncomfrotable saying anything otherwise. I have had more than my fair share of wonderful experiences through serving in leadership positions within the Mormon Church, for which I will be forever grateful; but it is the quiet teaching experiences with my own children and other youth where I have found the greatest satisfaction. As I get older, I realize there is certain truth to the age old adage, “Four things come not back: the spoken word, the sped arrow, the past life and the neglected opportunity.” I sincerely hope that the way I portray myself as a Mormon in both word and deed, will always bring credit to my name and a smile to others faces. As the winds of change in the World bring both new opportunities and new challenges for me, and others I imagine, I will 'stand steadfast and immovable', but I won't delude myself into thinking, in my imperfect state, that I won't bend a little when the winds are howling!

What is Mormonism? OR What do Mormons believe?

We believe in a Father in Heaven who knows us and loves us just as he knows and loves all mankind who are his spiritual children. We believe in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who is our elder brother, who suffered and died so all mankind could chose to live. We believe that the same Church that Jesus Christ established on the earth during his mortal ministry has been restored with all the same authority and power that was prophesied throughout biblical times by ancient prophets of God. We believe that God continues to speak to modern-day Prophets, Seers and Revelators. Why would a God who loves his children stop communicating with them? It makes no sense! He does so because he loves us and cares about what we do, what we know, how we live and how we love and how we serve one-another on this earth during our brief sojourn here. We believe that Families are integral to our personal salvation. We lived as families in a life before this earthly one, and can live forever with our families after this life has ended. This is the proverbial 'tip' of the ice-berg. Mormonism is not a cult, not a fad, not a club, not a hobby or a passtime. It is a way of life that is centered on service to our God, our family, our church, and our fellowman. Show more Show less