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Hi I'm David Hallstrom

I grew up in Southern California, currently live in Florida, and studied philosophy and law. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I enjoy just about all water sports. Well, so long as they don't involve any frozen water or fishing rods. I grew up in Southern California and my friends and I became avid surfers. We have a tradition of getting together each year and doing a surf trip down to Baja California, and I dream of bigger trips, say Costa Rica. I also enjoy sailing, wake-boarding, riding waverunners, etc. I also studied philosophy and am currently studying law. Intellectual engagement with the world is important to me. There are many "mysteries" and I like to explore them, even if I don't always come to any sort of answer. I find the exploration itself to be exciting. I met my beautiful wife while an undergraduate student. We have been married for 4 1/2 years now and she is my best friend. I look forward to many years together and the many experiences we will share.

Why I am a Mormon

Some time after graduating from high-school, I came to realize that pursuing my own pleasure alone would not make me happy. I needed something more. As I reflected on my dilemma, I came upon a copy of "The Apology of Socrates." One thing stood out to me from that reading - that reason and logic might be combined with personal inspiration from the Divine to guide me to what would make me happy. I came to realize that I hadn't really given God a chance to show me that He cares. I had merely behaved on the assumption that He doesn't exist. To be fair, I needed to give Him a chance. If I could give Him a chance but find that I was correct in my prior conclusion, then I could move forward relying purely on logic and reason to develop my belief system. If He demonstrated His concern for me, then I would strive to combine the two as I had seen Socrates had done. The entire premise of the Book of Mormon is that God cares enough to communicate to each individual about the veracity of that book. Those who read it are encouraged to "test" Him. This was precisely what I was looking for. The interesting thing is that I began to recognize a growing sensation of hope and encouragement as I read. This wasn't enough proof for me though. Such sensations could simply be what I wanted to feel. But finally, as I approached the end of the book, I felt such an overwhelming love for myself; not my own self-love and self-interest, but what I can only conclude is God's own love for me.

How I live my faith

On Sundays my I attend Sacrament Meeting where I have the opportunity to reflect on my standing with God and enter into the rest of the Lord. My wife and I then attend a Gospel Principles class where a group of roughly 10 - 15 attendees discuss basic principles of the Mormon faith and share our unique perspectives. Finally, I attend an Elder's Quorum Meeting where a group of roughly 20 - 30 male attendees discuss how to improve our lives, how to improve our relationships with others, and how to better serve others. Throughout the week I read scriptures and other spiritually insightful books, pray and strive to follow Jesus' teachings in all that I do. Sometimes I fall short, but I know that the Lord forgives and offers a helping hand to those who are down. I am grateful for the knowledge that the Lord's grace is sufficient for all and that all of humanity is a single family, God's family.