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Hi I'm David.

I'm a dentist, a 26 year member of Rotary International, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have lived in Northern California most of my life. I love telling people I grew up in a town called Pleasanton and then raised my children in a town called Paradise! Right up there with my faith in and my testimony of Jesus Christ, the best part of my life is my family. My wife, Kay, and I have been blessed with five amazing children, four daughters and one son. All four daughters are married. Our son, who is the youngest, is currently serving a two year mission teaching the Spanish speaking people in the San Antonio area of Texas the gospel of Jesus Christ. We also have 8 grandchildren. Unfortunately for us, at this time, all of our children and grandchildren live out of state and we don't get to see them anywhere near as often as we'd like. Kay and I are still adjusting to our new lifestyle as empty nesters. While the kids were growing up we enjoyed a variety of activities together such as San Francisco Giants baseball games, backpacking trips, vacations to Hawaii and Disneyland and other theme parks, and visits to relatives and friends in Idaho and Utah. We also enjoyed swimming, bowling, miniature golfing, and going to the movies together.

Why I am a Mormon

Maybe it was a gift I was born with, but I can not remember a time I did not have a firm conviction in the reality of God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ. I was 8 years old when I accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Savior and made the committment to call myself a Christian and to keep Him in my heart and in my mind at all times and to strive to follow Him through out my life. When Jesus Christ lived on the earth, He organized His Church on a foundation of prophets and apostles. After his crucifiction and over time men changed His Church. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints claims to be the reestablished original Christian church. Even though I was raised a Mormon, I came to a point in my life at around age 17, when I knew I needed more than just to believe the church was the the true Church of Jesus Christ. I had to KNOW for myself that it was true. After nearly two years of searching, studying, and praying, I had an overwhelming sacred and personal experience wherein the Lord, through the power of the Holy Ghost, revealed to me the truthfulness of the claims of Joseph Smith: That God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, appeared to him; that through him the original Christian church was reestablished; and, that through the gift and power of God, Joseph Smith translated the ancient record we now call "The Book of Mormon - Another testament of Jesus Christ." Inspite of this wonderful conviction building experience, my life has not been without sin, weakness, and imperfection. However I find great peace, comfort, and joy knowing that through Jesus Christ I can be made perfect in Him. This joy is like a light that fills me with hope, faith, and love for my Savior, Jesus Christ, and for my fellowmen.

How I live my faith

Because I believe we are all the children of a living, loving God, I try to see others around me the way Jesus Christ sees them. In my mind, everything Jesus Christ has ever done His entire premortal, mortal, and post mortal existence testifies to us that each of us is of infinite worth to Him. Sometimes I think if we could just see in each other the divine potential Jesus Christ sees in each of us that we would always treat each other with more love, kindness, generosity, and respect. I strive to live by the "Golden Rule" to do unto others the way I hope they would do unto me.