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Hi I'm David

I'm a father of 3. I work to improve education globally to give opportunities to all of God's children. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in the beautiful state of Utah, but have spent most of my adult life elsewhere. My wife and I have lived in 4 states Utah, Washington, Georgia and Minnesota and three countries Israel/Palestine, England and Oman. I completed a PhD in Educational Technology and have just accepted a job working on international and domestic education development projects. I love studying about people and languages, and really enjoy learning more about my brothers and sisters in the Middle East. We have three children and love to travel with them. Seeing our kids grow up in different countries has been one of our greatest joys. We also love playing in the outdoors...climbing, biking, camping, sailing...anything we can do to get closer to God's finest creations. I love classical music and jazz, and enjoy playing the piano and the drums.

Why I am a Mormon

While I was born into a Mormon family, many events through my life have strengthened my belief in the Gospel and the importance of it in my life. Most recently, my commitment to the church has been solidified by seeing the example of many Latter-day Saints who understand what is truly important in their life, especially when they have been successful by the world's standard. I love to see the peace in the lives of those who follow the Savior by strengthening their families and serving others, rather than seeking the pride that seems to consume the world today. I can't help but compare their lives with the unsettled and unhappy lives of my colleagues and peers who have chosen to pursue the praise of those around them, their own self-interest, or the imperfect and often misguided philosophies of humans, at the cost of their families, their health, and their spiritual well-being. When I think of what I want my life to be like the choice is clear--only one thing in my life brings me so much joy and so much peace: following the teachings of the Savior as revealed in it's fullness in the latter days.

How I live my faith

I love serving others in whatever ways I can. I serve a lot with the youth of the church, and am the most happy working with them in the community bringing joy to people of all faiths. I also enjoy having fun with them, playing sports, camping, hiking, boating, etc. I also have worked a lot with the Full time Missionaries, and find great joy in visiting people in their homes and seeing them choose to follow the Savior. And one of my favorite ways to live my faith is through teaching. I teach the Sunday School class and love sharing with others how the events of the Bible unfolded, and how they are relevant today, and how all scriptures work together to help us understand Jesus' teachings

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

David
When I was a graduate student, I got in a conversation with another student about my time as a missionary. She said "that's a really selfish thing to send out missionaries. You basically are saying everyone else is wrong." I responded that it was just the opposite. It would be selfish for us to say what we have is the only Truth in the world, but we weren't going to share it. Rather, we as a Church go to great lengths to make it available to everyone, everywhere. I served a mission in the East Coast of the United States. I often have people ask me why I went to a place where most people were Christian, when I could have gone to a country where most people didn't know about Christ or the Bible. To those, I have only been able to say, "yes, they have faith in the Savior. But there is more! As a missionary I have never sought to undermine or discredit anyone's beliefs in Truth, but rather build on it." When you see someone change their life by following the Savior, to see them fill with joy and light, and to become a new person--that's why Mormon missionaries proselyte. Show more Show less