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Hi I'm Dave

I work with the Xbox in Microsoft Game Studios on interactive TV experiences. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am foremost a Son of God, a Father and a Husband. My family and church are central to me. But when I go to work, it is as an employee of Microsoft Game Studios, working on Xbox 360 interactive TV applications as a Software Developer. My passion for being part of the gaming industry has led me here, splitting my time serving my family, my church, and going to work to develop games and applications for gaming systems.  In my spare time, I also develop games for the Windows Phone platform.

Why I am a Mormon

I was blessed to be raised in a family that has deep roots in the Mormon faith, including those that crossed the plains to the Utah valley 150 years ago. I had many examples to look at growing up, my parents, my siblings, and I now my wife and children, all who show me what it is to be a follower of Jesus Christ. The Old Testament prophet Isaiah said in Isaiah 28:9-10 that we must learn line upon line, precept upon precept. While I had great examples growing up that I could lean on for my growth, I have learned of the truth of our message piece by piece. I am happy to be a member of the church which teaches me so much about how I can be a better father, husband, and son of God.

How I live my faith

I, like others of my faith, volunteer to serve the church. My current responsibility is as a secretary for our Fathers' group, responsible to record the visits that are made to the members of our group and their families. We firmly believe that we should watch out for each other, make sure our needs are met, both spiritually and physically. We are there at their homes each month, talking about the Gospel of Christ. At my workplace, I am part of the gaming and entertainment industry. I've worked on 3d simulations and games during my career, and it provides its own sets of challenges. Popular games of this age often are full of extreme violence. Gamers and game developers tend to spend a great deal of time playing games, and the work itself often has long hours. These things aren't always conducive to being able to feel the Spirit of God. In my own life, I keep the enjoyment of working in this industry, but I set for myself standards so that I don't fall into the traps around me, which could pull me away from God. I refuse to work on games that I would not be comfortable sharing with my Children. I limit myself in my game playing, keeping my priorities 1st, my relationship with God, 2nd, my relationship with my family, and finally my work and own entertainment. I prefer that when I play games, I play with my children. The world today is a challenging place to build faith in. All around us are those that question our faith and encourage us to give into our selfish desires. I know that Christ watches over us and wants us to succeed in this life, and would like us to make good choices. He wants us to build up our families and our communities, lifting others around us so that we all can come together as God's children and find true happiness. This happiness does not come from wealth or entertainment, it comes from realizing that there is more to life than seeking these things. We can live the Gospel of Christ, and find true joy in the service of others.