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Hi I'm Dave

I grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah, the headquarters of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was privileged to serve as a full-time Spanish-speaking missionary in Argentina. Upon my return I attended college, really wanting to be a music major - I am a trumpet player. Circumstances changed and I graduated with a degree in Spanish and a minor in music. My wife and I were married in the Oakland California Temple in 1981. We are blessed to be the parents of six children - four daughters and two sons. They are blessing us with perfect grandchildren. Shortly after we married, I began to work in the insurance business. During those years I would have occasion to volunteer in my children's classes and participate in some of their field trips. I really enjoyed those experiences and felt a yearning to be in the classroom, hoping to do my little part in making a difference in the lives of youth. So after fifteen years working in insurance, I changed careers and became a school teacher. My current assignment is to teach in both middle school and high school. While I have taught a variety of subjects over the years, most of my day is spent teaching Spanish. But I have not lost my passion for music. Music is a language that can touch all hearts. It's been my opportunity to play the great music of the composers and in many venues over the years. While I wish I had more time to be even more involved in music, at least for now I get to be in a volunteer orchestra with a wonderful group of musicians who have very interesting backgrounds and a desire to share music.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a home that had the gospel. My parents were active members of the Church. They attended the meetings and provided service in many assignments. It was an idea home for children. For several summers I was a cast member of the Church-sponsored musical "Promised Valley." It tells the story of the Mormon pioneers and their trek west to the Salt Lake Valley. Thousands of visitors would see this production each summer. Something was also happening to me. I still remember that feeling that I was portraying the story of a god-fearing people who had been driven from their homes and were persecuted for their beliefs. They wanted with all their hearts to find a place where they could freely live the gospel. This stirred in me a great desire to know for myself whether Mormonism comes from God. While my parents had set a great example and they had testimonies of the gospel, I needed to find out for myself. I was about fourteen years of age. I decided I would get up early each summer morning and spend time studying from the Book of Mormon. I would read it's pages and pray to God to find out if it was true. That book has a promise in it that if we study it, ponder its message, and sincerely pray, God will tell us whether the book is true (see Moroni 10:3-5). Over the next few weeks I continued seeking for answers. Then one morning as I prayed, there was a feeling that is physically hard to describe. More than anything it was a feeling of love from my Heavenly Father. God spoke to my soul. I knew that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is God's kingdom restored once again to the earth. While I had that experience as a youth, I have had those same tender feelings thousands of times since. I know it is true! Knowing it to be true now requires that I live the gospel the best that I can and improve each day, repent of my sins, which blessing comes through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, and share my testimony with my fellowmen, and serve them.

How I live my faith

One of the great blessings of church membership is the organized opportunity to serve others - both members of the Church as well as those not of our faith. While the goal is to help others, it is wonderful how God blesses us as well. The first line of one of our hymns is "because I have been given much I too must give." Shortly after high school, I was called to serve as a missionary for two years in Argentina. I was able to share my testimony with many people and invite them to find out for themselves if Mormonism comes from God. For several years I served as a teacher to high school students. They would come to the church building each day before school to be taught the gospel (from the Bible, the Book of Mormon, modern revelation, and the teachings of living prophets) and to gain strength for the day. A very humbling experience was to serve as the leader of our local congregation. I learned to love our members as I worked closely with them. Much time was spent praying for inspiration from Heavenly Father. These were both happy times as well as times of challenge. I remember the fun times - road shows, dinners, programs, community service projects (for example, we worked at cleaning up the local cemetery), etc. I remember the challenging times - members sick and dying, families praying over their troubled children, etc. I loved this experience. One of my passions is music, especially the songs and hymns that speak of Heavenly Father and Jesus. For many years I've served as the choir director. Choir members come from many backgrounds and ages. Some have taken singing lessons and others can't read music. It doesn't matter. It is the spirit of the message as we raise our voices in praise. As church members, we believe in being of service in our communities. We have a county-wide day of service. We might clean up a creek area, make needed repairs at schools, or serve in so many other ways.

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

One of the greatest teachings of the Church is that the family is forever. Many years ago I was sitting at my desk at work when I received a telephone call from my parents' local Church leader. He called to tell me that my father had died unexpectedly. After the initial shock, I remember hearing these words in my mind: "He is still your dad and you can be with him again if you will behave yourself." While I was very sad, I was also so grateful for those comforting words that came from my loving Heavenly Father. These were also words that convinced me that my dad had "fought the good fight." He would now return to God's presence and be among those who are rewarded for living a righteous life. We also have been blessed with a daughter who has both physical and mental handicaps. Some days are easier than others. She has a wonderful personality. Show more Show less