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Hi I'm David

I'm a Dad, I'm a Ute, I'm a Buckeye, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the luckiest man alive because I have an amazing wife, three incredible kids, and all four of them seem to enjoy having me around at least half as much as I love being with them. I'll play any sport, with no degree of expertise, but will have fun doing it anyway. Golf and basketball are the favorites, but you can't beat Ultimate Frisbee. Bowling is great fun, did I mention skiing? Even badminton can be pretty fun, if you have more than two people. Horseshoes? Sure!

Why I am a Mormon

I believe the true gospel has been restored to the earth by God through His prophet, Joseph Smith, and that this gospel provides the plan for happiness both in this life and in the life to come. We live in a world where it has become popular to be immoral, convenient to be idle, and comfortable to be selfish. Being a Mormon gives me courage to hold to virtue, motivation to serve, and unconditional love for all of God's children. I am a better husband, father, brother, son, employee, friend, neighbor, etc. when I am living the teachings of this gospel. I often make mistakes and fall short in what I aspire to be, but my greatest success in life has always been directly connected to the times in which I have been diligently keeping God's commandments and following the counsels of living prophets. Although I was born into this Church, I spent some of my years in adolescence drifting along and not caring too much about what God expected of me or who He wanted me to become. It wasn't until a close friend of mine openly challenged whether I really believed what I espoused to believe, that I truly took the teachings to task. As I prayed, studied scripture, and thought about whether I could believe the miracle of the Restoration, I came to know for myself that it was ALL true. In short, I love my wife and kids too much to want anything less than complete happiness for them and I know that my family's strength comes from the Lord and his desire for us to return to Him. Nothing else matters more than my eternal family, and I am grateful we have been sealed in one of His temples so that we can enjoy this connection beyond this life.

How I live my faith

Living my faith begins in the home. Praying and reading the scriptures together as a family is essential. Sometimes we'll only get a few verses of scripture in, but what has been really exciting for us is that in the past year or so - our kids have started to take an interest in the people and individuals in the Book of Mormon. Again, sometimes we have to drag them into the living room to start, but once we get going, they get excited to hear what happens next. The scriptures truly give us a wonderful opportunity to discuss real-life issues, such as the importance of setting a good example, listening to and remembering God on a regular basis, and having Faith that He will be there when needed. I know it would be tougher to talk about these things without the scriptures to set the table for me. In our local ward, I serve as the Ward Mission Leader. This means I get to work closely with our Full-time Missionaries and our other local leaders to help coordinate our collective efforts to share the gospel. Ours is the task to invite others to come unto Christ and enjoy the blessings His gospel brings. I only hope to help members of our congregation, myself included, feel comfortable sharing what they believe with those they know, and inviting those individuals to find out for themselves whether this gospel might help them strengthen their personal relationship with God.  

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

David
Not if they're following Christ's example! He has shown us that we are to serve everyone in need, no matter who they are or what they believe. Show more Show less

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

David
To help each other as equal partners in raising their children and in teaching them about God and His plan of happiness. God has entrusted my wife and I with three precious souls, and it is our honor and obligation to do all we can to help them return to Him by living in accordance with His teachings. Show more Show less

Why is it important for us to take care of our bodies? Why are our bodies called temples of God in the Bible?

David
Our bodies are the vessels through which we experience this gift we call life, and the means by which we receive revelation. If we abuse our bodies by taking in harmful and/or addictive substances, we become slaves to such and our ability to choose for ourselves and listen to God's voice are hindered. If we consume food or drink in excess, our capacity to serve Him and others is reduced.  Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

David
No. The Church has always, just as with all choices in life, encouraged us to prayerfully consider where we stand on the issues and vote for candidates we feel best represent what we believe to be in best interest for God's children. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

David
All members are encouraged to come to know of the truthfulness of the gospel for themselves. God knows and loves each of His children individually and wants them to come to know Him on an individual basis. A "testimony" is simply how we refer to those things we have come to know for ourselves as truth - as confirmed by the Holy Ghost. Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

David
We pray, we sing, we teach and are taught by other members of the congregation - not just by a single pastor or priest. While we do get to hear from our leaders from time to time, I love how the majority of our meetings include messages members throughout the congregation. Visitors are always welcome! Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

David
Study the Book of Mormon along with the Bible and see how they both testify of Christ. Pray and ask God and take the time to listen for His answer. Quiet your mind and the Holy Ghost will testify to you and speak peace to your heart. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

David
The prophets that lived during the time it was written, between ~600 B.C. and ~400 A.D. Joseph Smith was able to translate their writings with God's help. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

David
The Book of Mormon is, simply put, a record of God's dealings with people that lived in the Americas. Just as He loved His people as recorded in the Bible, He loved His people in other lands and the Book of Mormon documents the miracles, trials, and triumphs of His people on the American continent. God loves all His children equally, not just those in Biblical times and places, so wouldn't he have looked after them in other lands?   Show more Show less