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Hi I'm Dave

I'm a Mormon. I am a 4th generation farmer that grew up in Queen Creek, Arizona

About Me

I am a father of five, one daughter and 4 sons, and a grandfather of 4 with one one the way. I am married to the most wonderful woman and will celebrate 35 years of marriage soon. I am in awe of the great outdoors and Heavenly Father's creations, from the most minute to the biggest. I am an archer and love to hunt elk in the mountains of eastern Arizona. I love fishing mountain streams and lakes, hiking, rock climbing, rappelling, mountain biking, camping, 4 wheeling with quads, and just about anything outdoors. Being on a mountain top is like being in the greatest cathedrals, a sense of reverence comes over me and I am at peace. I earn a living selling good fertilizers, consulting on farms and finding ways to help farmers grow better crops.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I believe that I am a literal son of God and that he sent me here to gain a body and earthly experiences. When one understands God's plan of salvation, the questions of "Where do I come from, why am I here, and where will I go after death" become clear and have real meaning. I grew up in the church and have asked God in prayer if the things that I learned as a youth were true, and I can tell you that I received a real answer that they were. I had a desire to help others understand this so when I turned 19, I served a mission for the Mormons in Mexico. Serving and teaching others 24/7 strengthened my testimony of why I am here on earth. I learned that when we are serving others, we are really serving God (Matthew 25:35 - 40). What gives me the greatest comfort is knowing that if I stay true to the commandments and covenants that I have made, I will have the opportunity to be with my family for ever, that death won't be the end of us as a family. You can't find that truth in any other religion on earth.

How I live my faith

I strongly believe in serving and helping others in my community. I have understood that I have been given much and that I need to give to others. I choose to work with the Boy Scouts of America as an adult scouter for nearly 28 years; I have been a Scoutmaster, Varsity Scout Coach, various assistants several times, a district commissioner, Huddle commissioner, committee chairman, and probably a few that I have forgotten. With this service I received the Silver Beaver award, the highest scouting award that an adult can get on a State level. When our children were in high school, our family rule was that they all had to participate in the school choirs and orchestras, with this I volunteered for many years to be on the booster boards, go on field trips and tours, help raise money for the fine arts department at the school, and be around to make sure that all the kids were safe and having fun. Recently, I was called to be the Bishop (pastor) of one of our local congregations in our town. This is somewhat of a daunting challenge, being responsible for the temporal and spiritual well being of nearly 500 people, but I have been blessed in so many ways. I always try to say uplifting things to others, give them a big smile, a hug, a handshake, a pat on the back, a phone call just to say hi. I try to imagine what the Savior would say or do. When you do the right thing, you will always find peace in your soul.