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Hi I'm Dave

I'm a Mormon, just an ordinary run of the mill Mormon. I am a husband, a father, a grandfather, an accountant, a bike rider.

About Me

I grew up as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons); served a mission to Italy and consequently, love all things Italian. I graduated from Brigham Young University & University of Illinois, Champaign Urbana campus with degrees in accounting. I have a marvelous wife and four adult children, two married with one grandchild. I enjoy riding my bike to work once or twice a week - 17 miles each way. I travel on bike paths adjacent to creeks and rivers. I enjoy the wildlife on the way to my downtown office. I have seen deer, fox, a wild turkey, beavers, white pelicans, great blue herons and snowy egrets.

Why I am a Mormon

My father stepped on a mine in France during WW II and had his leg amputated. He was sent to Utah for rehab and fitting for a prosthetic leg. There he met and married my mother, an LDS church member. Early in their marriage, my father studied the gospel of Jesus Christ. He came to know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was the true church and was baptized a member when I was a baby. Through this health tragedy, I was blessed to be raised in the LDS Church. I attended Church regularly as a boy never doubting the truthfulness of the gospel. The simple testimony of the Church that I gained growing up was strengthened by an inspirational Book of Mormon teacher at Brigham Young University. A study of the Savior's life through reading the book, Jesus the Christ, instilled within my soul an abiding testimony of our Lord and Savior. A mission to Italy provided me with the opportunity to share that testimony frequently and in doing so strengthened it. Now, I can testify without equivocation that Jesus is my Redeemer, that the LDS Church is His Church on earth where the fullness and authority of His gospel can be found; that Joseph Smith and his current successor, Thomas S. Monson are prophets of God.

How I live my faith

My opportunities in the LDS Church include service among the youth, service among adults and opportunities for ecclesiastical leadership. I have been blessed in each - more blessed than any sacrifice that I might have made to serve. No service I might give can keep me from being forever in debt to God. I have learned that commandments are a great blessing. Some might view them as restrictive. But as I strive to obey them, I find that in fact they bring peace, joy and freedom. Our Savior spoke the truth; His yoke is easy and His burden is light.