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Hi I'm David

I'm a husband, a father of three girls, an executive in high-tech Silicon Valley and a convert. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

As a boy, growing up during the “cold war” era of the ‘60s and ‘70s, my father was an engineer in the defense contracting industry. His profession brought a number of geographical moves for my family. And our frequent moves necessitated making new friends each time. Sports proved to be a great venue for making new friends and competitive swimming, in particular, proved to be a venue where I made friends and also discovered a latent talent. I worked hard at swimming and fortunately for me, my success landed me an athletic scholarship at Brigham Young University where I went on to be an All-American. More importantly, however, it was at BYU that I converted to the Mormon faith and later met and married my best friend. My profession has been devoted to helping high technology companies grow and suceed. I have always had a love for science and technology, something my father instilled within me, and what better place to do so than in Silicon Valley. I've been an executive, including a CEO, at a number of companies. Some as small as 400 people and others as large as 50,000. The lessons I first learned through sports as a youth about friendship, teamwork and work ethic have carried with me. I learned they are necessary ingredients for creating successful companies. I learned they are fundamental to our family relationships, and that there is no better place to learn these principles than through the gospel of Jesus Christ. P.S.- I now compete in masters' swimming.

Why I am a Mormon

I wasn't initially open to the Mormon church, in fact, quite to the contrary. But as I learned about its doctrines, something began to feel right about it. And as I associated with my Mormon friends, for the first time in my life, I discovered the true meaning of friendship. Friendship that lifted and inspired me to want to be a better person. Friendship that was modeled after the principles the Savior taught. The Gospel is about friendship, or love for others. Love not only for our fellow man, but for God. It is about teamwork. Working together to reach a common goal. And what better goal than the salvation of our friends and loved ones. It's about work. The kind of work necessary to change our lives and become the kind of son or daughter our Father in Heaven would want us to be. The gospel has enriched all of my relationships, certainly those with my wife, children and family. It has the power to bring about mighty changes in our lives and to do so by simple and small means. It has been a miraculous journey for me. Most importantly, I've come to know and love God and His son, Jesus Christ. I know His church has been restored to the earth once again and I feel fortunate that a confluence of events, entirely outside of my control, led me to it. There is no greater joy in my life.

How I live my faith

Like sports, the Mormon church gives its members the opportunity to play many different "positions" and with each one, the opportunity to improve ourselves, learn new things, and contribute in different ways. At this point in time, my wife and I serve in a local Chinese speaking congregation of the church. We don't speak Chinese, save a few words only, but we are learning a new culture and have grown to love our brothers and sisters of Chinese descent. More generally, I've been blessed to serve with people of all ages who, by their example, have inspired me to want to become a better person. I think that's what the Savior intended. My association with them each week recharges my spiritual "batteries" and has been fundamental to strengthening me when the world around me has beckoned to go down another path. I strive to choose the right path and to be a good example to my family and friends with this hope, that I might be the kind of friend to them that my friends and the Savior have been to me.