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Hi I'm Dave

I grew up in Federal Way Washington. I am an 8th grade Math teacher. I have 5 children and a loving wife. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been happily married to Colleen for twenty one years, sealed for eleven, and have four handsome, wonderful, and extremely intelligent boys (proud father, yes). I also have one on the way for a total of five children. I served in the Army during the first Gulf war. I was Airborne Infantry stationed in many different locations including Panama serving a total of seven years before becoming a student, teacher, and eventually a Mormon. I have a Masters of Education in Technology for the Classroom from Lesley University, Bachelor of Science in Religious Studies with a minor in Judaism from the U of O. I received my teaching credentials from WOU. I have been teaching in my district for Nine years as an eighth grade math teacher. I am the Webelos den leader for our Cub Scout Pack. Our family is loving life and we feel very blessed to have all that we do here in Port Orchard. I am fiercely loyal to my God, family, country, and school. I love all my kids and that includes approximately 150 of other peoples children as well as the five of my own. My classes are known as class families with me as the crazy "Math Daddy." I decided a long time ago that I would like to see my childrens children grow up and didn't really know where to start after getting so out of shape after the military. I have recently found a lifestyle change that I can live with and moved over a little on the health "nut" side of things.

Why I am a Mormon

I was a very bad person generally and a terrible husband and father for a lot of years both before and during the military. I embodied what the stereotypical "Airborne Infantry man" is all about. I did my job very well and when there was time off I lived my life like there was no tomorrow. I lived in a world that was ALL about me and what I desired. When I met my obligation and decided to exit the military it was about trying to spend more time with my family and try to repair some of the damage I caused. I decided to go to school and get the education that I blew off as a kid. I started to clean up my life little by little not really meaning to but nevertheless it was happening. I stopped drinking because of a health threat, I stopped smoking because I was up to over two packs a day, and of all things I stopped drinking coffee. At the time it was so I could quit smoking because nothing goes better with a cup of Joe than a smoke. I realized later that my Heavenly Father was preparing me. As I was going to school, I started getting interested in religion but not having a good religious background I decided to study Religion hence my bachelors degree in Religious Studies. I studied Christianity, Hinduism and the religions springing from it, as well as Judaism. I got a pretty good immersion into Religion as a whole as well as an academic background into each. I am a Mormon...true blue through and through. I have lived and studied Mormonism for more than thirteen years. For every fifty truths I learn to be true there might be one thing I struggle with. I have taken the promise in the book of Mormon seriously and found peace and knowledge to ease my struggling heart and mind through prayer and personal revelation. I know my redeemer lives and have a personal knowledge of what I must do to receive eternal life. I know the Book of Mormon is the word of God and I will grow closer to him as I study it along with the Bible. Finally, I know there is a prophet on earth again.

How I live my faith

I live my faith day by day, meaning, I try to hold tight to my convictions at all times and try to remember my savior in all that I do. We all transgress our Heavenly Fathers commandments every day. Being as I am no better than anyone else I need to use the atonement in the way my savior would have me use it and not to have let him bleed from every pore on my behalf for nothing. I work in a junior high and see the kids with all of the problems that they have. It makes me incredibly upset to find out one of my students is being abused in any way and even more so to realize that for every one student known about there are at least 5 more students living in what you and I would term as completely unacceptable conditions. Knowing this helps me to see the child as a child of our Heavenly Father and show them the love and friendship they would otherwise never get at home. This also helps me to be the father I should be to my own children. I have come to realize that family is what counts the most in our world and thank my Heavenly Father daily for the opportunity he has given me to be a husband to my beautiful companion and father to my wonderful children. I try to coach my kids in the sports they choose. I lead my kids in scouts as much as I can and am now a Webelos den leader for our pack in our church ward. I have held many different callings in my 13+ years as a member of this church and appreciate the way my Heavenly Father helps me to grow spiritually and temporally through serving others.