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Hi I'm Dave

I am a software test consultant and yes I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I come from a country background as I grew up on a small ranch in Montana. I have always loved the outdoors and the mountains. When I was in my teens I went to work on a cattle ranch for a few years in the Big Hole valley in Montana. After a few years I gave up the ranch life and then went to school to get qualifications as an auto mechanic. These qualifications helped me to move to England where my wife was born. I arrived in England as an auto mechanic and then was made redundant within a year. I tried several jobs before I went back to university and graduated with a BEng in computers and networks. Now I am a test manager and the software I test allows companies to buy and trade currencies on the foreign exchange. I am an avid DIY person and will attempt to do most things. I have a lovely wife and seven children and 12 grand children and I will have loads more grandchildren to come.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised a Mormon as my ancestors were a part of the original handcarts companies that went to Salt Lake. This influence is where I received the teachings of the Church. It was not until I was 10 years old that I knew for myself that the Church was truly for me. My brother died when I was 10 and I wanted to know where he went and so I studied the Bible and the Book of Mormon to see where he was. I found my answers and gained as testimony of the teachings of the Mormon Church. When I was 16 I studied religion with another faith in an effort to see what they believed in and found the teachings that I had within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints covered everything they had to offer and more.

How I live my faith

I find it very easy to let all those around me know my faith and then they help me to live it. On the ranch there we no members of the same faith (or any faith for that matter) and they knew I was a Mormon and they helped me to live the values as if I was tempted they would say 'Dave you cannot do that because you are a Mormon' I still live by that principle as all my work colleagues know that I am a member and that I do not swear, drink alcohol, tea or coffee or participate in any manner of rude conversations. My colleagues will also stumble across articles about Mormons and bring it to my attention and this will cause the debate for the day and is a good way to live as it is a constant reminder of who I am and that 'Yes, I am a Mormon'.

What blessings can we receive through the gift of the Holy Ghost?

When I was a teen the Spirit guided me and I did not even realise that it was doing this for me. As I worked on the ranch I was made a foreman at the age of 17. This allowed me the opportunity to ask several people to do work as dictated by myself and the owner. If people followed my instructions they would find that when they needed the help the most I would show up and help them. I would be told in my thoughts and feelings who needed help and I would go there to help the individual. I later recognised these promptings were coming from the Holy Spirit and although I was not doing anything with the Church Heavenly Father was still guiding me. I still follow these promptings and when I act upon them things usually go smoothly. Not always as we are here to be tried and tested but Heavenly Father helps us at all times and not just when we are doing Spiritual matters. Show more Show less