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Hi I'm Dave

I grew up in Oregon. I'm a dialysis technician. I love movies. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have always had a love for medicine and caring for others. After college, my first job in health care was as a dialysis technician. I love my patients. I see them so often and spend so much time with them, I easily grow attached to them. A couple years ago, one of my patients had a heart attack, and he stopped breathing. With the support of my team members, I performed CPR on him, and we were able to bring him back. It was an emotionally traumatic event for me, and I realized I needed to switch careers. Around that same time I had discovered a passion for finance, and I began preparing for a career as a financial adviser. It's a big change from dialysis, but it gives me a chance to help people, just in a different way. Sometimes I think it would be easier if I'd started studying finance early on, but I know my experiences have shaped me and prepared me like nothing else could have. I wouldn't trade those life lessons for anything.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a Mormon home. It was all I knew. When I was a kid I was often teased for my beliefs, and it hurt a lot. By my high school years, even though I attended church weekly, I was starting to wonder why I was Mormon. In many respects, things could be easier if I wasn't. I prayed and asked if what I was doing was right, if I was following the correct path. God helped me feel in my heart that what I believed was true and that I was living the way I should. As I have grown older, I've started to see what a difference it makes to be Mormon. I'm sure if I weren't Mormon, I would probably still be happy. But by understanding the gospel of Jesus Christ, and by living His teachings, I am blessed and I have a clearer perspective about life. Christ's teachings and those of his prophets help me to be a better husband and father.

How I live my faith

As a Mormon, I have had different opportunities to serve others. For a couple years, my wife and I taught the 6 year old kids in church. I also had the chance to teach the 12 and 13 year old boys and to volunteer with the Boy Scouts. I was an Eagle Scout, and it's wonderful to see these boys learn and grow in Scouting. Right now I help lead the men in our congregation. We help them to continue to learn the gospel of Jesus Christ, we learn together about being better husbands and fathers, and we organize service activities to help our community. It doesn't matter what I'm asked to do or whom I get to serve. Each opportunity to help others gives me a chance to see the needs of others and that gives me greater perspective in my life.