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Hi I'm Dave

I'm a Husband & Father of two beautiful girls. I love to fly fish, hike and camp. I work on Wall Street. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I really enjoy being a dad. I have two girls: a teenager and a toddler. So, I have two worlds going on, but there's nothing like hearing them say "daddy' or "dad" and giving me a hug. I'm also an avid fisherman and enjoy fly fishing in particular. Annual trips with my dad, brother and other family members are such a great time. We've fished all over the West, Alaska, Belize and the Florida Keys. My latest passion is catching huge tarpon on a fly rod. In addition to fishing, I love to hike and camp. My wife and I hiked the Narrows in Zions National Park for our honeymoon and had a blast! We've lived in Hawaii, Missouri, Virginia, and now New Jersey. My oldest daughter and I have been exploring photography together. I'm into finance/economics and technology. These interests have really been the focus of my career. I actually started out with a short stint in the military after graduating from West Point. After that I've worked in a start-up and now a large global company building financial applications that help users model and understand risk. I like to think I'm helping to prevent the next financial crisis (good luck right?). I'm also involved in a start-up that helps average folks, like me, model and understand the results of making various financial decisions. Finally, my story wouldn't be complete without my beautiful wife. She's been a huge, positive experience on my life. When we can, we love to dance (ballroom stuff like the waltz, foxtrot, etc.)

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a family where I was taught the Gospel of Jesus Christ and received a great foundation from my parents, teachers, and leaders, but my own solid testimony and conversion came later as I began a consistent effort to study the Book of Mormon and made a conscious effort to live the Gospel with exactness. That happened toward the end of my senior year of high-school, and as I went to the United States Military Academy at West Point. West Point was the first real experience I'd had outside of Idaho. I had to make a decision - would I live true to the Gospel? Would I make the sacrifices needed to read the scriptures, attend Church and say my prayers? I made a commitment to read the Book of Mormon every night from 11:30pm to just before lights out at midnight, no matter what tests I had or whether I'd finished all of my home work. I felt the spirit of that book and the Gospel permeate my life. To this day, I can still remember the warmth of the Spirit in my life as I read night after night. This experience lodged deep within my soul a knowledge that the Book of Mormon is the word of God and that it was written by ancient prophets and translated in our day by the prophet Joseph Smith. It contains a fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. While I West Point, I also made a conscious effort to live the Gospel with exactness. Often this required doing so with the risk of being the "odd man out" or potentially bringing ridicule or scorn. As it turned out, the Lord blessed me beyond my expectations. I was able to perform beyond my natural capabilities and was sustained in all of my trials and challenges. I learned the truth that Jesus taught long ago, that if you want to know whether His doctrine is true - you simply have to live it. These and many other experiences, have convinced me of the truth of the Gospel taught by Jesus Christ and of His role as Savior and Redeemer. That's why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I used to think that living my faith was all about going to church, attending meetings, and striving to be busy serving. While these are true to some degree, I've come to find that the greatest place to live my faith is in my own home. It is one of the more challenging places to live the Gospel to the fullest (what with so many opportunities to learn patience, service, sharing, sacrifice so forth), but I feel so much joy when we work hard as a family to live it. My colleagues at work know my standards - I don't drink, smoke, swear, and so on when we associate together and attend social events and dinners. I'm often the object of good-natured jokes, but I feel they respect what I'm trying to do and become. I've had many opportunities to serve in the lay ministry of the Church. This has a been a great blessing, and I've learned a lot. But, I find that the greatest joys outside of my own home are those opportunities when I call on the widow, help someone in need, and do those quiet acts of service that no one will ever know about.