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Hi I'm David Wilkey

I'm a Mormon

About Me

I'm a husband, father of five and grandfather of eighteen, each of whom got all of my good looks, because their grandmother STILL has hers! For me, life is a learning laboratory of light, laughter and love and there are daily lessons in each. I am fascinated by family, friends, fly fishing, fatherhood and faith in Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

Having grown up in mostly Mormon south-central Utah, I was born of goodly parents in an environment which made our "house" a home. Though not perfect, family life certainly was puncutated with more blessings than blemishes. Love was the language of choice. Though raised in the faith, there were defining and refining moments in my life, some were life-threatening and some were soul-saving. As a young boy, serious health issues and multiple surgeries commanded my attention where I learned the best way to lift myself above the clouds of discouragement and despair was to kneel. It was THERE I felt personal affection and protection from the loving Heavenly Father of all mankind. It was THEN I chose to follow the resurrected Christ's invitation to the ancient inhabitants of America, "...ye know the things that ye must do in my church; for the works ye have seen me do that shall ye also do." It is NOW that I continue, though imperfectly, that attempt. In those early teen years I was drawn to the life of another teen whose leg surgery and questions paralleled mine nearly a century and a half earlier. On my knees yet again, and in thoughtful pondering it became clear to me that the great question of my soul was, "Did the youthful boy-prophet Joseph Smith really see Heavenly Father and his son Jesus Christ? Did they really know him well enough to lovingly call him by name in a personal appearance as he claimed?" From those warm, quiet beginnings on teen-age knees has grown a near daily and adult resolute, "Yes, it did!" He cared for that teen. He cared for me. He cares equally for all. Membership in His restored church brings peace and joy as I daily serve others. For, as the Savior himself taught, "...inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me" (Matthew 25:40).

How I live my faith

My daily goal is to live my faith by following He in whom my faith is centered, Jesus Christ. He spent, approximately, half of his time ministering to people. It is appropriate to follow that model, which I try daily to do. That has largely been done by serving young single adults in a variety of ways both professionally and ecclesiastically. From boy scouts to basketball to band, I have learned to love young people in professional and church settings. I revere them as the hope of America and the world.

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

David Wilkey
The official Church answer to this question is simple: "Missionaries share a message about Jesus Christ and His Atonement for all people. They teach about our Heavenly Father’s great plan of salvation, which allows all people the opportunity to return to Him." Having recently supervised, trained and been blessed with stewardship over several hundred young Mormon missionaries for three years I am familiar with their motive and their message. Their MOTIVE is driven by a heartfelt desire to invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel through faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost and enduring to the end of their lives firm in their faith of Jesus Christ. Their MESSAGE is to teach that God is our loving Heavenly Father and is well acquainted with each of us. They will teach of His Plan of Happiness as given through the merits, mercy and love of Jesus Christ. They will mostly ask you questions to answer your questions. They will teach of the need for a restoration of the Church as it existed anciently. They will explain where you lived before coming to this earth and where we all go when we leave it. They will invite you to learn of God's commandments and make a personal commitment to follow them. The 10 Commandments are NOT multiple choice! Through obedience we may return to live with Heavenly Father. Missionaries will simply show you the path by walking it with you. Show more Show less