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Hi I'm David

I'm a lifelong Buckeye, musician, gardener, political/news junkie, progressive, community advocate... and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in Columbus, OH and am an only child. I enjoy everything in my tagline - current events, community service, working on important issues, gardening, and am a lifelong singer/songwriter. Just got out of college a couple years ago and am starting to venture into the "real world."

Why I am a Mormon

 I am a Mormon because I had a very good friend in choir in high school who introduced me to the church. I was raised Catholic, and went to church every Sunday. As any teenager I had a lot of questions, and we sometimes stayed up late into the wee hours of the morning on school nights talking about why things were the way they were with my friend on instant messenger. Unlike any other church I'd looked at, the more my questions were answered, the more consistent it became, and the more it made sense. It seemed like I was actually encouraged to ask questions. When I was about to go to college, he took me to a youth conference, and it was the most moving experience ever. Big football players, cheerleaders, all these people I thought were "all that" in school... were sharing their testimonies and breaking down in tears. I went home completely torn up from that experience. It was like the foundation had been pulled out from under me. I kneeled on my bed crying, and pleaded asking, "God, are you even there listening to me right now?" After a few moments, I will never forget that it felt like a hand gripping my heart - it was so powerful. I knew, just KNEW for the first time in my life, that my prayer was answered. This physical feeling persisted for a full 48 hours - it almost started to hurt! I got the message! But I still wasn't sure it was the church for me. I went to college for 2 years, and the summer between sophomore and junior year I was so torn up inside - I didn't know what to believe anymore. All I knew was I had had that experience. My buddy was about to go on his mission, and I asked him a lot of questions about that. He finally asked me once more as he had done in years past if I'd ever be ok with talking to a missionary. Finally, at almost 21 years old, I said yes. I had the 2 most wonderful missionaries in the world who taught me. They were so patient and they never pushed me or made me uncomfortable. I felt like they gave me all the time in the world - including all the tears, all the questions I had... When they taught me about the Plan of Salvation, it felt so real to me. When they finally asked me if I wanted to be baptized, I was not sure. I went and read the book of Enos in my backyard, under my red oak tree, where I had always felt most connected to God what I know know as feeling the Spirit. As I read the book, I did as Enos did, kneeling and repenting of all my sins. And I asked if this church was true. While the feeling was not like the physical one I had back 2 years earlier, it was clear that I knew what I needed to do. My buddy and the missionaries told me to call them 24/7 if I ever felt an answer. I was baptized a few weeks later, and confirmed the day before my junior year of college began. My life has not been the same since. 

How I live my faith

Ever heard "What Would Jesus Do?" Well that's a pretty good place to start! I live my faith starting where I lived my past faith... apply the Golden Rule to everyone and everything. Treat everyone and everything the way you would want to be treated. This goes for things like service. If you needed dinner one night, wouldn't you want somebody to help you out? It's kinda just the right thing to do. But the thing I love as I said about the church is it is so consistent, so all of the things we're taught to do are what God wants for us. This includes what is called a calling. It's like everybody has a role to play in the church and not even the top people get paid - we all just do it to serve. So I've been the guy that makes the church programs bulletins and the guy who sets up appointments for some of our leaders' meetings with members. Those have been some of my callings. I also love to go help the missionaries teach, or have them over for dinner about once a month. Now I'm not going to lie and say it's been perfect. Right after you're baptized you feel like you'll never do the wrong thing again, but inevitably, you're going to fall at some point. That's ok - that's why we have repentence. You do not need to be perfect to join our church - in fact, nobody is perfect! I try to just do the right thing, and especially make sure to go to church on Sundays. If you're ever in doubt or having a really hard time, I know when I make it to church that I'm in the right place. The Holy Ghost will tell you so!