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Hi I'm Dave

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am happily married with 4 children and 11 grandchildren, and I enjoy spending as much time as possible keeping in contact with family. I also enjoy gardening and learning about the world around me. When I was 19-21 years old, I served a mission for the Church in France and Switzerland. This was a wonderful opportunity to serve, share my beliefs, and learn another language and culture. Even now, I try to spend some time each week listening to French programs or reading French articles to maintain my ability to communicate in this language. Music is also important to me. I enjoy listening to a wide variety of music and sing in a local choir.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was born into a family that was active in the Church, when I turned 12, I wanted to know for myself if the Church was true. I had a Sunday school teacher challenge my class to read the Book of Mormon over the summer, and I decided to take on that challenge. The next day, I found a quiet spot and said a pray to Heavenly Father to help me know if this book came from Him. Then I started reading. Earlier, my parents had purchased a recording of the Book of Mormon, so I listened to the recording while I followed in the book. The first day, I did not experience anything unusual, but as I continued day after day to pray and read, I started feeling warm sensations inside. Sometimes tears came to my eyes as I read and pondered certain passages. When I finished reading the book several weeks later, I knew this was a special book, but I wasn't certain it was truly a book from Heavenly Father. A few years later, I took an early morning class on the Book of Mormon, and started to read it a second time from the beginning. Again, I prayed to know it was true. One day as I was praying, the Spirit reminded me of the special feelings I had experienced while reading the book the first time and witnessed to me that these feelings were his way of telling me this book is true. At that point, I knew without a doubt this was a book of scripture from Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. Since then, I have read this book many times. Each time, I have received new insights and directions that have been a great support to me in my life. I have also studied the Bible many times and have the same witness that this is a true book. These scriptures have taught me the love Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ have for each of us. They have helped me understand, at least in a small way, the great sacrifice Christ made for us so that we can one day be resurrected and live again with our families and our Heavenly Father.

How I live my faith

As I have grown in the Church, I have had many opportunities to serve. Each opportunity has helped me strengthen my own understanding and conviction of the gospel while helping others. I have especially enjoyed teaching the gospel to others. I have had many opportunities to share the gospel with those who are not members of the church, but who have interest in learning about its teachings. Some of my greatest joys are watching some of these people gain their own conviction that this is the Church of Jesus Christ and enter the waters of baptism. I also have enjoyed teaching young children, youth, and adults in the church. I never tire of sharing wonderful scripture stories and passages that testify of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ's love for us and their magnificent plan to give us opportunities to grow and progress on earth as we help one another return to live with them. Although I prefer teaching, I have also had many opportunities to serve in leadership positions in the local area. Keeping the local congregations staffed and organizing meetings, service projects, and activities are filled with challenges, but these opportunities also have been humbling as I serve with other wonderful people and as I seek the Lord's will on how he would like things organized. Finally church activity provides many opportunities for work. I enjoy the camaraderie and the satisfaction of weeding long rows of beans at our welfare farm, or pealing and cutting an almost endless supply of apples and placing them in cans at our local church cannery, or cleaning our church building in preparation for Sunday services. These opportunities for work help me feel that I am contributing and supporting others in need.