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Hi I'm Dave

I am a systems analyst in the field of information security and digital forensics. I am a geek, and a writer, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am married to a wonderful redhead, with two cute little girls. Fatherhood has been a roller coaster of the most fulfilling kind. Those girls keep me hopping. I get a great deal of pleasure from computer programming. My wife thinks I am a little nutty when I pull out my computer and work on a program on vacation or on a Saturday to relax. It really is a lot of fun for me. Which brings me around to the fact that I am a geek. Computers, science fiction, fantasy, gadgets, technology, games... I live and breathe it. It even makes me a little sad that being a geek is becoming popular. I generally dislike doing what's popular, but being a geek makes me a little different than a lot of the people I meet, and I like that. I try to cultivate those differences. Being quirky makes me happy. The fact that Mormon's are typically called "a peculiar people" makes it just perfect right?

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the church, as was my mother. My father is a convert to the church. He joined in college. I left the church for a while in my late teens, just kind of fell away from it. As a result, I never served the two year mission that most 19 year old mormon men serve, and that is one of the sincerest regrets of my life. It took me a long time to figure out why I wasn't happy, and I wasn't. It was because I didn't have the spirit with me. For all that though I never could completely give it up. And that's one of the reasons I wasn't happy. I finally realized that I had never read the Book of Mormon all the way through, and that was one of the reasons I had trouble getting to church. I had been told all my life about how true the church was, but I didn't know for myself. I spent a lot of time thinking about it before I got up the courage to read the Book of Mormon cover to cover. That experience changed my life. I knelt down and prayed about all of the things I didn't know how to believe yet. Honestly, I kind of hoped I wouldn't get an answer or that my Father in Heaven would tell me that I didn't need to go to church or do anything to be saved. I hoped to get that feeling because I thought that would justify the way I had been living. I didn't get that answer. As much as I wanted it not to be true, it was. I couldn't deny that it was, and that meant I had to make some changes. Now, I'm a work in progress, and I think I always will be. But it is comforting to know that when its difficult and I want to give up, I can't go against what I know to be true, and that always brings me back before I've gone too far. I've learned that God the Father loves me, he lives and so does His Son. I've learned that Jesus Christ atoned for the sins of every living being on this earth, and that He is the head of this church. I've learned that Joseph smith was a prophet of God, and that a prophet leads the church today. The church is true.

How I live my faith

I live my faith in a lot of ways. I visit two families in my ward every month and give them a short spiritual message and make sure they are ok. I spent a year working with the youth in my church group every wednesday. It was a very rewarding experience. I abstain from drugs, coffee, tea, and alcohol. I give 10% of my increase to the church. I am actually a little uncomfortable talking about how I live my faith. For some reason I feel a little pretentious talking about what I do for the church. There are a lot of little things that come with being LDS. I take some of them for granted because I grew up with them, but it's worth it. Everything I do for the church makes me happy because everything the church asks me to do is about helping others, and that is one of the most rewarding things about being in the church. Even the 10% I give goes to disaster relief or programs the church uses to help the less fortunate. The church is about making a difference in people's lives, and loving your neighbor no matter who that neighbor is. The church is about service. There is always an opportunity to help someone. I try to live my faith by quietly being accepting of everyone around me regardless of who that person is.