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Hi I'm Dave

Just a happy middle age family man raising my family in northern California. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've been in northern California since graduating from college in 1984. My career is in high tech sales and it has been challenging and rewarding. My wife and I have raised three children - our youngest is a senior in high school. I've done a lot of the usual dad things like coaching baseball, attending plays and games, and asking my children to *please* clean their room. I love to golf, though I hardly play at all lately. And I've recently begun playing the acoustic guitar, which has been a fun creative outlet. Who knew that I could write songs?!

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the church when I was 16, after a friend invited me to play basketball and, later, to other activities. As I heard these fine, fun youth talk about their beliefs, the Spirit touched me so very strongly, and I knew I wanted to learn more. I met with the missionaries, decided to join the church, and have never looked back. Simply put, the church helps me "come unto Christ" The Book of Mormon, along with the Bible, are wonderful testaments of Jesus Christ. I believe with all my heart that the Book of Mormon - a record of God's people in this hemisphere - is the word of God. I also firmly believe that we are led by a prophet and apostles - special witnesses of Jesus Christ who devote their lives to testifying of Him. My faith brings me, as one scripture puts it, "joy and consolation." Joy in good times and even in bad times, and consolation when I need it. I know that I'm happier trying to live the gospel than I would be outside the church.

How I live my faith

Like most people in the church, I have an assignment, or "calling." My current calling is to be the lay leader, or bishop, of my local congregation. In this role I plan and lead worship services, counsel members, administer the welfare funds donated by our members, and do many other things. This calling gives me opportunities almost every day to live my religion. And because to lead well I need to have the influence of the Holy Spirit with me, I am motivated to live as good a life as I can. My faith also extends into my life outside my church assignment. I try hard to be honest, ethical and moral. I pray every day to have the Holy Spirit with me and I try to bless others when the opportunity arises. I also have the chance most years to either backpack with the youth or support some other sort of camp activity. It gives me an excuse to do the outdoors things l love but might not otherwise work into my schedule.