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Hi I'm David

I live in Ohio with my wife and five children. I love the outdoors - all seasons. I'm a Christian, a Democrat, and a Mormon.

About Me

I moved throughout much of the United States growing up, but have settled down near Cleveland, Ohio. I still love (and like!) my wife of twelve years. We have three boys and two little girls. We love to travel and see new places - particularly national parks and baseball fields. We have the goal to see all 30 MLB stadiums as a family before the oldest boys leave home. Its a big goal, but made easier by living in the heartland. Ohio is such a wonderful place. I served a spanish-speaking mission near Los Angeles and have an abiding love for all things Hispanic. I also like reading, particularly history and fiction. There is nothing better for me than to curl up with my kids on a cold Ohio night and read together from The Hobbit or Tom Sawyer or our favorite - Jonathon Livingston Seagull.

Why I am a Mormon

I come from a line of strong pioneers. But my ancestors did not cross the plains in a wagon or handcart like you see in the pictures. They crossed in a 1950's Chevy Sedan. My grandparents were living in central Florida when they joined the Church in the late 50's. They were attracted to many parts of the restored gospel, but none more than the teaching that families could be sealed forever, including family members long deceased. After joining, they saved time and money for a few years (my grandfather was a postal worker) so they could make the trip to a temple in the West to be joined with their children (including my Father). I will always be grateful for their example and sacrifice. I choose to be Mormon because it is my home and because I love the faith. I do believe that God speaks to man today as he always has. I believe he spoke to Joseph and in so doing restored the same Church he originally established in New Testament times. I believe Jesus is the Christ and that through his grace we can grow to become as him. There is not enough space to put down everything I love about the church, but the underlying themes are two: I love the people and I love the expansive and progessive gospel that embraces all truth whereever found. I have been part of many different congregations over the years. Every one has had amazing people from different walks of life, but all striving to do good through Christ. I have been blessed to live in a time and place where education is free and open. The only limitation is me. I have found consistent joy and happiness through questioning, study, prayer, and reason. God promises "knock, and it shall be opened unto you." I know that is true.

How I live my faith

I live my faith best in my home. Praying with my wife and children. Reading scriptures together. Riding bikes. Music and everyday, laughter. Oh, and gardening. To some people it is a chore. Not me. On Sundays (and sometimes other days), my church assignments take me away from my family. I serve with a group of local leaders that visit and strengthen various congregations throughout the Cleveland area. In particular, I get to help with a spanish-speaking congregration, which I love. My spanish isn't as rusty as it otherwise would be. And my kids really like coming to that congregation too when I can bring them. I attend our "normal" congregation with them a few times each month, and often get to help teach their classes. I also include within my "faith" many good friends of other denominations and try to include them in my life. I have a high school friend who is preparing to go to Mexico with his young family to help translate the New Testament into indiginous dialects. He's a good example. I enjoy all his letters. The town we live in is historically very Catholic. So there are a lot of large families and we fit in very nicely.

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

David
The short answer is we believe in the Book of Mormon. The longer answer is this. Part of the Book of Mormon talks about a small group of people who gathered at a place called "Mormon" to be baptized together in the name of Christ. They wanted "to be called his people" and were "willing to bear one another’s burdens, that they may be light." They covenanted to "mourn with those that mourn" and to "comfort those that stand in need of comfort." They promised "to stand as witnesses of God at all times and in all things, and in all places." For me, that is the meaning of "Mormon." It is a small group of people, my people, who desire and work for those same things today. Show more Show less

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

David
Historically, women have not held priesthood authority in the Church, although at times they have given blessings and participated in priesthood ordinances. I do not know if women will ever have priesthood authority, but I do believe that God grants unto men (and women) according to their righteous desires. Currently, very few women desire the priesthood. Should that change, I would hope that priesthood would be extended to them. But as with all things, the blessings depend on God's will and our desires. Show more Show less