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Hi I'm Dave

I write software, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've been into computers since they first became available in the late 70's, and now write software used by millions of people around the world. I love music, especially jazz, and am fascinated by trains, both old and new. My wife and I have 8 kids, who keep us on our toes.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a home where religion was not practiced, and where Mormons were seen as troublemakers. Still, we had some family friends who invited me to church each Sunday, and I enjoyed going. When my eighth birthday arrived, the pastor invited me to be baptized, and my parents weren't interested, and I stopped attending. When I was about thirteen, I attended a Christian youth group, because (1) they had a pool table, and (2) the girls were cute. I attended Sunday services just a few times, but it was enough to get me to look around at all of the churches and wonder why there were so many, and why they didn't agree. I decided to read the Bible and try to figure it out for myself. I never made it through the Old Testament, but the New Testament made it clear that if I was going to know the answer, I needed to pray. I did, and had an impression "Go check out the Mormons". I couldn't accept that answer, since I grew up thinking that Mormons were nothing but trouble. Still, I kept reading and praying, and I kept getting the same answer: "Check out the Mormons". Eventually, I gave up and decided "Well, I've done what the book says, and didn't get my answer." That's when I became an atheist, which lasted for several years, during which I was very angry and bitter. When I was 17, a girlfriend asked me to talk to the missionaries. I understood everything they taught, but they were just empty words until they taught the Plan of Happiness, and everything suddenly fell into place. I did NOT want to join the church, so I tried to disprove the Book of Mormon, since that was clearly the key to the whole issue. I tried, and failed, and when I finally humbled myself enough to sincerely ask God if the Book of Mormon was true and if Joseph Smith was a prophet, in my mind I saw myself praying as a 13 year old, being told "Go check out the Mormons". I had my answer. The Book of Mormon was true, Joseph Smith was a prophet, and it was time to change my life. I'm so very glad I did.

How I live my faith

I love to teach, and over the years have had opportunities to teach several different classes to different age groups. I especially loved the 3 years that I taught an early-morning scripture class to high school students. I've had co-workers comment how I light up when I switch into "teaching mode" at work, even if I'm teaching something that has absolutely nothing to do with spirituality or religion. Currently, I'm responsible for coordinating teaching during Sunday School, as well as helping the teachers to be better teachers. Saturdays find me dressed in white, serving in the Temple located near my home. The peace found in the Temple is a tremendous influence for good in my life, and I always leave feeling uplifted and spiritually refreshed. In our home, we strive for daily family prayer and daily family scripture study, to help our children to see and understand how much our Heavenly Father loves us, and to help them to recognize His goodness and influence in their daily lives. Of course I'm not perfect, and I still sometimes find myself becoming frustrated or angry over things that really aren't that important. I'm so grateful for repentance, which is made possible through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. I'm so grateful to know that Jesus suffered and died for me, so that I could be forgiven of my sins. When I feel myself getting upset with those around me (at home, at work, or wherever I happen to be), I try to take a deep breath and remember that He died for them, too, and that getting angry is a choice that probably isn't going to solve the problem. Instead, I try to understand what the root problem is, then work on resolving that problem.