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Hi I'm Dave

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a fifty something in a good place right now, largely thanks to two Mormon Elders who taught me the Gospel, and another who intervened in a different way. Right now, I'm living in a rural area west of Washington, DC with my wife. She has been a middle school teacher in Fauquier County for over 30 years. Our son is a well rounded young man with high moral standards, currently a freshman at BYU.

Why I am a Mormon

Growing up, I attended different churches, but I just didn't believe I was getting true doctrine. For example, a Unitarian Sunday School teacher went around the group and asked, "What do you think you can believe?" Whatever people said, she said that was fine. As a test, I said I believed God was a vast undefinable intelligence, and again, that was fine with her. I didn't attend any church at all for 17 years after that. In 1988, I was a computer tech living in a high rise apartment in Alexandria, VA. I was slovenly, living without direction and without meaning. I used to drink several cups of coffee to wake up, and then a bottle of wine or five or six beers at night. I was in the pits of depression, and asked, "Is there nothing more?". Just then, there was a knock on my door, and two young men in suits presented me with a book that they said was scripture, and asked if would I read it. I took it, sure I would discover their lie. My father always told me that you can tell true scripture by turning to a random page and seeing if the spirit testifies that it is true. When I tried that with the Book of Mormon, I turned to 3rd Nephi, and opened to find Christ speaking to people in the Americas, during the time after he had risen. A chill went up my spine. This was the Word of God. I was suddenly terrified the two men would come and take back the book. So I committed myself to typing it into my computer, A Commodore Amiga. By the time they returned the next week, I had typed in about half of 3rd Nephi. I continued taking the discussions, met members, kicked drinking coffee and alcohol, and was baptized shortly thereafter.

How I live my faith

After baptism, many blessings followed. I discovered that my mother's parents were LDS members who had fallen into inactivity. Grandmother sent a old journals of ancestors who had come from Ireland. She died a few years later. If I hadn't let those missionaries in, those would have been discarded with her passing. I served as a "Stake Missionary", reaching out to people in the local area, as opposed to the two year missionary terms our young Elders serve in all parts of the world. One of the missionaries who used to accompany me as we taught introduced me to my current wife, via her mother. We were married six months later, and I moved into the country to be with my bride. We had a fine son fifteen months after that. He is bright, talented and athletic, now attending BYU and thriving. I have served in many capacities in the church. I strive to keep the commandments, and serve others in and out of the church. My testimony has grown immensely. I'm immensely grateful to the Church, and the missionaries and other members who welcomed me into it.

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

God is perfect, all wise, and all-powerful; the ruler of the universe. He is also merciful, kind, and just. He is our Father in Heaven. We are created in His image (Genesis 1:27). He has a body that looks like ours, but God’s body is immortal, perfected, and has a glory that words can’t describe. Because we are His children, He knows and loves each of us individually. He has a plan to help His children find joy in this life and return to live with Him when this life is over. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Missionaries share a message about Jesus Christ and His Atonement for all people. They teach about our Heavenly Father’s great plan of salvation, which allows all people the opportunity to return to Him. Show more Show less