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Hi I'm David

I grew up in California and studied Mechanical Engineering in Utah. I love to ride my mountain bike and I recently got married.

About Me

I grew up in California in a great family with a brother and two sisters. I served as a missionary for the Church in São Paulo, Brazil. I recently graduated with my bachelors in mechanical engineering, and I am currently waiting on paperwork to start my first full time job as an engineer. I married the love of my life in 2015. Although things are hard, people around me sometimes do dumb things, and money is tight, I try to find joy in life by defeating obstacles in life and having fantastic family and friends. My favorite hobby is mountain biking. I love riding, talking about it, and working on my bike. I also like video games, board games, and movies. I am a huge fan of Star Wars and Lord of the Rings. I like discussing issues and topics with people, such as movies, current events, social problems, etc. I am not an expert on any of these things - not even kind of. I just think there is much for me to learn from other people and their perspectives on life. I want to understand their point of view and hopefully increase the range of my perspective on life.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the Church, but everyone has to go through a process of conversion. Mine happened, or started happening, right before high school. I was going through some personal issues and after one occasion, I sat at our piano and played and read a song called "A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief". The song is a fantastic analogy of charity and kindness to a poor man in need. The second to last verse really touch my heart and strongly felt the Spirit and really recognized it as such. Since then I have been studying, listening and doing the things that will help strengthen me, and then those around me. My conversion was and still is an ongoing process. As I learn, read the scriptures, and pray my faith grows and I am converted more and more. I want others to have the opportunity to receive the same blessings and happiness as me, so I try to share my beliefs and/or help and serve people around me.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by striving to keep the commandments and do the things I believe God wants me to do. I am far from perfect, and sometimes my faults can get me down. But I understand that God loves us no matter what. He wants all of us to be happy, and living the Gospel makes me happy. I am learning from Christ's example; I am trying to think kinder thoughts and be more patient, humble, and understanding.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

David
Sometimes we think too much. Well, I do. We sometimes think that there has to be a big grand reason or a logically proof of something. This is not always so with the Gospel. We are told and promised that if we do simple things like read the Book of Mormon and pray about it, we can know of its truthfulness. This does not make too much sense from an Earthly stand point. How does prayer or an old book really prove anything? If that was all we had, it wouldn't really prove anything. But we have something much greater too: the witness of the Holy Spirit. We are told to read and pray because by doing so, we are promised that the Holy Spirit will testify to us of the truth of all things. As simple as this sounds, it works. We don't have to do some grand thing, or study at a university for years to know of the eternal truths of the Gospel and how it helps us and our families. There is a story in the Bible about Moses and the Children of Israel. A plague of sickness came over them and many of them were going to die from it. As a cure, God commanded Moses to make a banner and raise it up for the people to see. And if they looked to it, they would be healed. Simple and easy right? But because it was so simple, many people did not think it would work, so they didn't look. The sick that didn't look died, and those that did lived. No matter what kind of education or knowledge we have, we must never overlook these simple principles of the Gospel. They are true, and they work. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

David
We believe that Jesus Christ was more than just a prophet or a good teacher. He was and is the literal son of God. He is our Savior and Redeemer, our advocate with the Father. Heavenly Father's plan for us is to return to his presence and receive all that he has. But that is impossible because we are imperfect and nothing imperfect can be in the presence of God. Christ suffered for all of our sins, faults, mistakes, pains, and sadnesses, both physical and not, so that we do not have to. He save us from physical and spiritual death. Through him, we can be purified and perfected so that we can return to the presence of Heavenly Father. Christ is our leader, Lord and Master. We have living prophets and apostles who receive direction from God to help and guide us here on Earth, but even they are just servants of God. He is our ultimate leader. Show more Show less