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Hi I'm David

I live in Washington state. I'm a Pizza maker, Web Developer and music synthesizer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I come from a fantastic family of 8 people. I greatly respect my parents: six children can be tough to manage. And yet, we all seem to be making right choices and headed toward a bright future. So kudos to them! And I am grateful for the priceless gift of being the "big brother" to these wonderful siblings. My family rocks! I used to live in Washington State. But I recently accepted a call to serve a mission for the Church in the country of Taiwan. My lifestyle has dramatically changed: instead of participating in my usual activities such as piano practicing, working at Papa Murphy's, and coding websites, I now engage myself in a very different kind of work: the salvation of mankind. I fill my hours with knocking doors, scheduling appointments, preparing lessons, and meeting with members of the Church. And while it's tiring, and while I may sometimes much rather be hanging out with my friends or going to college back home, I always end up recalling why I left in the first place: because the gospel has blessed my family immensely, and I want to give my efforts back to the Lord in thanks. I am so happy that I chose to give these two years of my life to the Lord. It's amazing to see people change their lives and experience the true joy of the gospel.

Why I am a Mormon

The gospel is awesome. There's no better way to put it in my mind. If you live it, you will be happy. And that's a guarantee. I get a lot of compliments about my character, about how I conduct myself. But the thing is, everything I am I owe to my parents and my church. Both my parents and the church teach me how to live my life, what is right and what is wrong, and help draw a clear line dividing black and white in a world full of grays. When I do what they teach me to do, I experience joy: a pure and wholesome joy that can only be wrought inside someone by the Holy Spirit. What a wonderful blessing it is to know the truth! I know that this is the true church, the path to eternal happiness. And it is because of that joy that I feel every day that I live the commandments that makes me want to share it with the world. I know that if you do the same, and really give the gospel all you've got, or even just study and ponder it prayerfully and with real intent to find the truth, you will feel that wonderful, glorious spirit, and you will know of the truth also.

How I live my faith

Besides my family, the gospel is the top priority in my life. Along with other boys my age, I've done a lot of service projects for the community, and have shared my talents consistently, such as playing piano for church meetings and seminary classes (a gospel doctrine class for high school students). I served time as counselor, secretary, and president of the group of boys I was in. As we all held the priesthood, we all blessed and passed the sacrament, as well as collected money offerings for those who needed help, and visited church members to teach them and assist them with any trials or hardships they were having. When I was no longer a youth, I still participated in these duties, but moved to different callings such as a local missionary and Sunday School teacher. But even more recently, I decided to sacrifice two years of my life to serve a mission for the Lord. I will be serving and teaching the people of Taiwan, helping them grow faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and find the path to eternal life. Apart from callings, I just try to live the standards as best I can. It's a daily struggle, but I know I will be blessed as I keep the commandments and follow the path our Heavenly Father has laid out for his children. I love being a part of Christ's church, and I will live my faith the best I can to show my love for Him. I hope to show my great appreciation for his sacrifice, which made it possible for us to live with Him and Heavenly Father again.

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

David
No. As agency is one of the rights we hold most sacred, the church does not influence or encourage its members to vote one way or another in political matters. They do ask, however, that we seek wisdom and guidance from the Holy Ghost as we vote. In truth, all political nominees uphold principles that are compatible with the doctrine of the church. As this is the case, Mormons are asked to enter the political realm unbiased and open to all parties and candidates, so that they can make a wise, thoughtful decision. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

David
Joseph Smith is revered as one of the most influential people in the history of Christ's Church, apart from Jesus Christ himself. We respect him and the work that he did to restore His gospel, but we do not worship him. We believe that Joseph Smith, just like modern-day prophets and prophets of old, are mainly mouthpieces for the Lord, whom is the true head of the church. We worship God the Father and His Son, but not the prophets nor any other church authority. Show more Show less