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Hi I'm David

I'm a student. I'm a dancer. I'm a sports enthusiast. I'm a boardgamer. I'm a son. I'm a brother. I'm a friend. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a citizen of the world. I grew up moving between Canada and the United States. Because my parents were poor, I got a paper route as soon as I turned 12; and I have been working ever since. I majored in Latin American studies after serving a mission in Brazil and falling in love with the people and culture. I am now about to begin my pursuit of a master's degree in International Relations in England, and hope to find a way to bridge cultural barriers and help us understand each other better. You may say I'm a man of many interests: I started a break dance crew when I was 14, competed ballroom dance for years, taught swing dance lessons, and was on a folkdance company. I played basketball, football, track, volleyball, badminton, and cross country in school. I coached gymnastics for 4 years. I was on my high school cheer team in grade 12. I love musical theater and am currently doing a local show. I play ultimate frisbee every Saturday. I am a European Boardgame enthusiast with about 300 games in my personal collection. I taught myself how to play piano and am now working on guitar and accordion. I played piano in high school jazz band. I read about 100 book a year, mostly fantasy and mystery. David McCullough is my favorite biographer. I write articles for a magazine. I volunteer at our local university career services.

Why I am a Mormon

This is a question that is hard to put into words. I'm an analytic thinker and of all of the religions I've studied, this one makes the most sense. That's not why I'm a Mormon though. My parents are members of the church and I was raised to be one as well. That's not why I'm a Mormon though. There is a beauty to the teachings of the gospel that I want - eternal families, a living, literal Father in Heaven, eternal progression, a living prophet. That's not why I'm a Mormon though. So, why am I a Mormon though? I've knelt down and asked God what he would have me do. I asked if the church was the restored church of Jesus Christ on the earth today. I asked if the Book of Mormon was the word of God. I felt the spirit testify that these were true, not in a way I can ever describe, but in a way I could never negate.

How I live my faith

I am currently the choir director at my local church unit. We just finished performing one of my favorite hymns, 'Have I Done Any Good in the World Today', yesterday. I have no formal training in conducting choirs, and this was our first performance and it was amazing how well it went. It helps that we have a talented group of students participating. We're learning another piece that we're performing in 3 weeks. In the community, I'm currently in a show that is raising money for cancer research. We're performing songs and music by Gilbert & Sullivan and Gershwin, and we're doing a WWI/WWII suite. It's a lot of fun and we have a chance to do something we love for a good cause. In addition to this, I teach a Career Workshop to local college students to help prepare them for applying for grad schools, scholarships, internships, and jobs. This workshop was adapted from a 12 hour workshop I taught in Brazil as an intern for LDS Employment Resource Services. When I got home from the internship, I realized that this is schooling that most students don't receive in their formal education, so some friends (from the internship) and I got together and pulled the best parts from the workshop for a college student and started teaching it on campus. It has been about 4 years since we began, and it has grown from being a small workshop where we did the booking, advertising, and teaching, to a workshop formally sponsored and organized by the University Career Services. I still teach 1 or 2 of the three sessions they do each semester.