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Hi I'm David

I'm a husband and a father. I live, work and play in Arizona, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C., and have lived most of my life in the Eastern United States. I've lived other places, too - Southern California as a Mormon missionary and Southeastern Idaho as a college student. As a young married couple, my wife and I lived in Iowa for a short time, before returning to Maryland for graduate school. We then spent over 10 years in North Carolina, loved every minute of it, and thought it would be our home forever. But, we now live in Arizona. I cant imagine a more drastic contrast between the lush, pine-covered, Carolina hills and the Sonoran Desert terrain. But, I have fallen in love with Arizona's striking sunsets and the rugged beauty that now surrounds me. I'm happiest when I'm outside, and I have learned that I can find nature's beauty wherever I live, if I look for it. My wife and I have five children, the oldest of whom is serving a Mormon mission in Central America. Our lives are full, both figuratively and literally.

Why I am a Mormon

My forefathers, for several generations before me, embraced the Gospel of Jesus Christ, which God restored through the Prophet, Joseph Smith. My parents taught me their beliefs. After I left home as an 18-year-old, I knew I needed to put my parents' teachings to the test. When I did, I found peace and protection as I practiced what they preached. I found truth as I read the Word of God from the Book of Mormon and the Holy Bible. I found guidance as I prayerfully sought my Heavenly Father. I found endless love and forgiveness as I came to understand my Savior. Twenty-five years later, I still embrace the teachings of Jesus Christ and cherish my membership in the Church He restored through the Prophet, Joseph Smith. Twenty-five years later, the faith of my fathers is my faith.

How I live my faith

. . . imperfectly, but by striving to be true to the faith my parents passed on to me, in both my private and public life. Privately, I strive to come closer to my Heavenly Father through daily prayer and scripture study. Publicly, I actively fellowship with my brothers and sisters in our local church congregation and strive to represent the Savior wherever I go. One personally meaningful aspect of my public devotion to the Lord is my participation in the "home teaching" program. Home teachers are members of the church who are assigned to visit a few other families in the congregation. The visits ordinarily take place monthly, at a time other than the congregation's regular Sunday worship. Home teachers strive to be with, watch over and strengthen the families they visit. Home teaching is a wonderful opporutinty for members of the Church to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with each other, to support one another in difficult times, and to strengthen each others' faith. I find great satisfaction in visiting other members of my congregation as a home teacher and in recieving home teaching visits in my home. I have found the greatest peace and fulfillment in my life when my private and public devotions to the Lord are in harmony.

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

The Atonement of Jesus Christ is the series of events the Savior willingly endured in order to bring salvation to the world. It includes His suffering in Gethsemane, His brutal torture, crucifiction and death, and His glorious resurrection. These events were necessary to permit the Savior to overcome the two obstacles that currently separate us from our Heavenly Father - sin and death. By His exquisite suffering in Gethsemane and Golgatha, the Savior bore our sins and thus satisfied the demands of a just God. Through His glorious resurrection on the third day, the Savior broke the bands of death and brought the promise of life to all. Now, we can be forgiven of our sins if we repent and believe on His name. And now, we can have the perfect hope that through the resurrection, we will be raised in immortality and brought back to God's presence. The Atonement is the most profound and pivotal event in human history. I have felt the Savior's redeeming love and forgiving grace in my life, and I testify of His divinity.   Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Mormons believe the family is an essential unit in our Heavenly Father's Plan of Happiness. An in-tact and strong family offers the best opportunity for each child of God to reach his or her full potential in this life, and to experience eternal life with God hereafter. I have learned that the strong ties that bind my family together frequently bring out the very best that is in me. Sometimes, however, I allow those relationships to bring out some of my less desireable characteristics, as well. But, because we are committed to each other as a family, and because we strive to center our family life around the teachings of our Savior, our family provides a safe place for us to discover those less-than-redeeming qualities in ourselves and to figure out, with the Savior's help, how to correct them. In that way, my family relationships allow me to become more like my Father in Heaven. In that way, my family helps God fulfill His plan for me. Because no other unit can so effectively promote such spiritual growth, Mormons view the family as the most important unit on earth. Besides, there's nothing better than those occasional, really good times families share together.  Show more Show less