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Hi I'm David

I'm a Mormon. I grew up in California, went in the military, and joined the Church. I love it.

About Me

 I'm retired Air Force and a retired Navy civilian. I've spent 31 years in or with the military. After I retired I worked in our city library for awhile, and then as a substitute teacher for several years. I really enjoyed that, especially with the elementary school age students. I enjoy being with my children and my grandchildren, watching them grow, the grandkids that is. I like gardening, occasionally, and I like doing Family Search Indexing. I can see where people came from, and where they went. And I like to read, but mostly nonfiction books. The subject varies. I love horses and love to ride them. I've been thrown, stomped on, had a horse fall on me, but I'm not afraid of them. But I have the utmost respect for them. I love ships and aircraft however, given a choice between going to see ships vs aircraft, I'll take ships any day. Especially naval ships. While working with the Navy I worked on submarines. They are my first love in ships. To be on a sub is great. Second are aircraft carriers. My job in the Air Force was an Environmental Health Specialist. My specific task was industrial hygiene. I monitored the base industrial facilities to insure that they were used within the standards established by the Air Force and by OSHA. I enjoyed my work immensely, and learned about many different types of industries. In the Navy I was Physical Science Technician or Radiological Control Technician. I monitored people working with or around radioactive material, and the handling, storing, and shipping of radioactive material on a naval shipyard. That's how I got to meet submarines. I have been down inside a sub many times, but I have never been out to sea on one. Would I? Sure, in a heartbeat. The trick is having faith in your men, your equipment, and God. Always have faith in God, no matter what.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was in the Air Force I was introduced to the Church by my sister, my dad, and by an Aunt and Uncle who were on a mission for the Church in New York State. It interested me, but not enough to do anything about it. Life went on. As my career in AF progressed I had the opportunity to change career fields which meant that I had to go away to school for awhile. I decided to take my family to my folks' house in California to stay while I went to school. While driving there when we got to Wyoming I all of a sudden felt an urge not to go forward anymore, and this feeling was not pleasant. The farther west I went the worse it got. When I got to Salt Lake City my dad drove my family and I home. While there dad asked if I would like to go to church with him on Sunday. I said sure. I felt good about it even though I continued to have these other evil feelings. When I stepped foot on the property those evil feelings vanished. I felt at peace with myself. It was such a joyful feeling that I told my dad that I knew this was the right church for me and that I needed to join it. After that I flew back to my base, contacted the missionaries, took the lessons, and here I am. I KNOW this church is true, it is the true church of God, he established it through his Prophet Joseph. There is no doubt in me. Everything I have learned while being a member has continued to develop and strengthen my testimony. I cannot imagine being anywhere else. The things I know are based, in part on my studies, but more than that on the witness of the Holy Ghost. He testifies to me that these things are true, therefore it is personal, I know in my heart and my mind. You can too if you but seek and pray to our Father in Heaven for him to witness unto you that these things are true. I can promise you that. He will in his own time and his own way, but know this, you are his child and he loves you so much that you must feel it from him to know it. He will let you know the truth of all things that you seek. And to know the truth I strongly recommend reading the Bible AND the Book of Mormon. Especially the Book of Mormon, A Second Witness of Jesus Christ. In it you will find the truth about God, Jesus, the Atonement, the Plan of Salvation, and Eternal Life. I am and I have by reading and studying the Book of Mormon. I know Jesus Christ loves me with a love that surpasses all understanding. And he does you, too. You need to search for it diligently with full purpose of heart, and he will show you. When I first joined the Church I was talking with a friend about the Gospel, and all of a sudden I heard and felt in my heart and mind the Lord speak to me, "Ask me and I will tell you." And he has many times since then. People will mock you as you grow in the Gospel. Pay them no heed. People have done that since the beginning of time. Remember the fruit from the Tree of Life is far more important than listening to them. That will only cause problems. I testify that all this is real and true, with all my heart.

How I live my faith

 I live my faith by living the Lord's commandments as best as I am capable of at this time. I attend my Church services on Sunday, attend to my priesthood duties, i.e., home teaching, reading and studying the scriptures, and praying. Right now I am studying the New Testiment, the 4 Gospels, and I am studying the Book of Mormon. I also attend to my duties as the Membership Clerk for our ward. I make sure that the member's records are up to date and accurate. I also try to be a good example to others by keeping the Sabbath Day holy, not swearing, paying my tithing, being honest, and giving service when needed. My physical limitations kinda limit some things, but mostly I can do service. I also attend the Temple as often as I can. Being in the Temple is peaceful, uplifting, and inspiring. It is all a way of providing service for those who have passed on thru baptism for the dead and all the other ordinances in the Temple. These ordinances are very sacred and are meant to uplift and give you more spiritual strength to perform your work for the Lord.

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

David
 First of all in the book of Malachi chapter 3 verse 8 God asks, "Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings" By that verse I understand that the Lord wants me to pay 10 of my income to him as well as free will offerings. The Lord never forces anyone to do anything, but he does show the consequences of not doing what he asks. He also shows the blessings one could receive by being obedient. It's a matter of faith. You first need to have faith in Jesus Christ that he keeps his word when you are obedient. You try an experiment, save 10 of your income and at the end of a week or month you take that to your church leader, in our case its my bishop. As time goes by and you keep doing this having faith that the Lord will bless you then you will see blessings come into your life. I have seen them, boy, have I seen them. Paying 10 or tithing is a means for the Lord to test you to see what you are made of. Do you love money and what it can do, or do you love God more and what he can do for you? I had troubles at first because of that very idea, I loved money. But I gave God the benefit of the doubt and he has blessed me in ways that are too numerous to count. Try it, you'll like it! Show more Show less