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Hi I'm Dave

I love science, history, and sports. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Outside of the joy I receive by sharing in the lives of my family and friends, I get the most satsifcation out of studying the beatiful earth in which we live. I take every chance I get to return to the red rock canyons of the Colorado Plateau to hike, explore, and enjoy the most beatiful area on the planet. I am fascinated by the operation of the physical world and the universe at large. For this reason I have a passion for (and a degree in) physics. My love of science isn't confined to physics. I am fascinated by all fields of science. If I had the time and ability I would return to school to gain additional degrees in geology, anthropology, biology, and chemistry. But I will settle for studying what I can in my free time. I also love watching and playing sports. Soccer, basketball and football are my favorites. I am an avid reader. I love reading books about history, religion, science, and fantasy. I am a happily married father of four. My wife and my children are the greatest blessings in my life.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the mormon faith by loving and kind parents. They taught me the gospel of Jesus Christ by their actions and their words. When I was 12 years old my older brother came into my room one night and invited me to read the Book of Mormon. Even though I had been raised in the mormon faith, I had not yet read the Book of Mormon on my own. I decided to take my brother's invitation and began reading the Book of Mormon at night in my room before I went to sleep. It was not long before I began to see changes in my life. My thoughts and behavior began to be more Christ centered. I began to consider more carefully how my actions and thoughts affected my relationship with my my Heavenly Father. It was during this time that I first remember feeling the unmistakable power of the Holy Ghost telling me that the Book of Mormon is true and that Jesus is the Christ. I have read the Book of Mormon and the Holy Bible continously from that time. I can look at my life and say that if it was not for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints that I would never have the peace and joy that I have had in my life. But that is not why I am a mormon. I am a mormon because the power of God has witnessed to me time and again that Jesus Christ is the Savior, and that the Book of Mormon is true. I have a mind that is naturally skeptical. I have had many questions and will continue to have many questions regarding life, religion, faith, and science. But I know God lives and I believe the statement of Paul in his letter to the Hebrews: "But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him." Hebrews 11:6. So while I do not understand all things, I know that God is faithful and that he opens the door for any that knock. It is by the mercy of God that I am a mormon.

How I live my faith

Through the church I have the opportunity to participate in many service projects for the seattle community and the world. I have been blessed to be able to participate in food drives, serving the elderly, humanitarian aid projects for various parts of the world, and more. The church helps me to more nearly fulfill the Savior's call to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, visit the prisoners, and comfort the sick and the afflicted. While I am far from perfect, the power of Christ has changed my heart and enabled me to improve in many areas of my life. My faith affects my home and family life more than anything. My wife and I try to provide a Christ centered home for our children. We try to teach them the gospel by example and with our words. We pray together, study the scriptures together, and provide service toegther. In addition to this I serve in the church by helping manage the Cub Scout program for the kids in our local congregation.

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Dave
We do believe the Bible is the word of God and Holy Scripture. Some mistakenly believe that Mormons emphasize the Book of Mormon to the exclusion of the Bible. This is incorrect. One of the primary functions of the Book of Mormon is to prove to the world that the holy scriptures (the bible) are true. The Book of Mormon affirms the truthfulness of the New Testament, in particular that Jesus Christ was crucified, resurrected, has atoned for our sins, is the only Savior, and is divine. The Bible is absolutely indespensible, especially the accounts of the Savior's life, ministry, and teachings. We hold these in importance equal with the Book of Mormon. However, the coming forth of the Book of Mormon is so miraculous that it is the single greatest witness that the heavens have opened in our day and that God has again called prophets and spoken to man. In a way, the very existence of the Book of Mormon is the symbol of the restoration of the gospel in our day. I give my witness that the records of the prophets and apostles found in the Holy Bible are true. I also give my witness that the Book of Mormon is true and that it truly is another testament of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less