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Hi I'm David

I’m a Dad, a Doctor and an Iornman. I’m a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in an Oregon logging town, as the oldest of six children. I don’t know how my parents did it, but it was an ideal childhood. I believe the Church played the central role in shaping our lives. Today, Meg and I are trying the best we can to create a Christ-centered home. Besides Oregon, I’ve lived in Arizona, Spain’s Canary Islands, Utah, Maryland, Virginia, California, Indiana and Ohio. I’ve loved many things about all these locations but my favorite place is wherever I find my wife and our four pairs of blue eyes. It is almost never easy being the parents of growing children. Each day is a lesson in patience, organization, and multi-tasking. As I’m writing, our two-year-old is doing her best to keep up a conversation with me anything to avoid going to bed. I just hope that as we grow together, I can give her everything she will need to be happy. I work as a Radiation Oncologist, a doctor who specializes in using radiation to help patients with cancer. I have the best job in the world. It is a wonderful mix of quality time with patients, serious disease that forges deep long-term relationships, cutting edge technology, and the chance to ask and answer question doing research. As a teenager, I wrote a story about how I had invented a new way to do surgery by make holes inside of things without touching the outside. I used a novel kind of energy that by itself did nothing, but when combined with another beam, would make a hole where the two beams overlapped. It was like a revelation when I learned in Medical School that this principal, the cross-fire effect, is used in modern 3-D radiotherapy. I feel so blessed to have a job that I enjoy, that makes a difference in people’s lives, and that leaves time for my family. My wife teases me that I can’t relax unless my heart rate is up. I love to do nearly anything outside and especially anything that leaves me panting for breath---swimming, cycling, running, skiing, climbing, backpacking, you name it. There is a feeling of euphoria in the mountains above tree-line, swaying with sea’s swells beyond the breakers, watching a desert sunrise, or listening to the wind weave through old growth forest. I love to get my kids outdoors. Meg and I have started them early. We’ve changed diapers on top of Half Dome, backpacked and canoe-camped in with four kids age 8-and-under and this winter we had everyone but the baby on skis. I am so lucky that Meg and some of our extended family share these addictions. They are crazy enough to join us on single-day rim to rim Grand Canyon crossings, Colorado 14ers, and then true adventure---family get-togethers with 14 children age 12-and-under sleeping beneath one roof. Living in the Midwest, outdoor adventures seem at times like an endangered species. I’ve transitioned into more serious swimming, cycling and running. Last year I finished my first Ironman Triathlon including a 2.4 mile salt-water swim, 112 mile cycle and then 26.2 mile marathon. It was wonderful, but the training requirements are steep enough I won’t be back to those distances anytime soon. There are so many wonderful things to do. If I ever come across a Genie in a bottle, one of my wishes may be the ability to live without sleep or maybe just expand each day to 50 hours. There is just never enough time. I love to dabble in computer programming, portrait and nature photography, guitar, fishing, gardening, bike repair, cooking especially new ethnic dishes, eating out, reading fiction something I never had time for during 10+ years of research fellowship, medical school, internship and residency, and photo/video editing. I’m proud of many things in my life. Above them all, I value my marriage, our family, and the knowledge that through Christ we can be together forever.

Why I am a Mormon

 There are different parts to being a Mormon. There is the culture and community. Those are mine by birth. But most importantly for me, there is a deep-seated personal conviction that has come over years though prayer, study and meditation. It is a knowledge that there is a God, that I am His son, that He has established His Church on Earth today with living prophets, and that I can live with Him again through the Savior Jesus Christ. The Mormon culture and community would never be enough to prompt me into the “burden” of activities that fill my time. Sometimes I look at what I’m doing and realize it seems crazy. I ask myself what I am doing and the answer continues to be that “it really is true.” I have learned by experience that His “yolk is easy,” His “burden is light” and that I am happiest when I do my best to live His restored gospel.

How I live my faith

 I find great solace in the words of Jesus when He taught “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness” Matt 56. While like everyone, I sometimes fall short, my greatest desire is to do the right thing. I don’t believe that I can pick and choose which of God’s commandments to follow. Here is what happens in a typical week. I pray and study scripture in the morning hopefully before the kids are up and before school we pray as a family and read scripture together. This forms the foundation for my spiritual life. On the drive to work I often listen talks from General Conference, messages from the Lord’s living prophets. At work my goal is to take of people the way I would care for my Mother. Each Monday night Family Home Evening is protected time for us where we spent time together as a family---learning, singing, playing and praying. Most Mormons have jobs in the church known as callings to provide chances to serve each other---doing everything from speaking, teaching, singing, praying, etc. Right now I serve as the leader of the teenage boys. We have 30 young men ages 12-18. I organize weekly evening activities, weekend day and overnight trips, as well as Sunday training and lessons. We formally participate in the Boy Scout program, do service, learn about careers, play sports, all with the goal to help these young men become better husbands and fathers. All this takes tons of time. A highlight of our summers is a week-long "high adventure" activity aimed at helping boys overcome new obstacles and grow spiritually and emotionally. I have led our boys on a 50-mile unsupported backpacking trip through the mountains of West Virginia and on a multi-day salt-water canoe trip including primitive camping on uninhabited Outer Bank Islands in North Carolina. I believe that "Living My Faith" must be more than just believing or worshiping. I must try to minister to others, my family, my church, my community, like the Savior did. I continue to find that as I do this, I am often blessed more than those I am trying to serve.