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Hi I'm Dave

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm married and a father of 4. I love running, mountain biking, camping, hiking, swimming - basically anything outdoors. Professionally I'm a software developer and own a small company that has a handful of employees.

Why I am a Mormon

My family is very important to me, and knowing there's a way to be together forever is very appealing and a great goal for us to always work towards. The teachings of this church have led to a lot of happiness and purpose in my life. Mormonism places a very high priority on self-reliance, education, service, responsibility, families, being an active participant in society. I love that everyone in the church is a volunteer and that people just pitch in and help instead of expecting something in return.

How I live my faith

I go to church each week with my family and help out however I can. The church is full of imperfect people, so I feel right at home! I draw strength and encouragement from the experiences of others, and throughout the week I try to be a good Christian.

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

Dave
The official name of our church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and that says a lot - it's very important to me that I belong to a church that bears the Savior's name because He is central to everything. He is the Son of God and it is only through Him that we can overcome our sins and our faults and return to live with God. But more than just our sins, His life, example, and sacrifice give us comfort and hope through all the trials of life. Show more Show less

How does the Church finance its operations?

Dave
The Bible teaches us about tithing giving 10 percent of our income to the Lord and that money is used to finance most of the Church's operations. I like how the Lord encourages us to put His promises about tithing to the test see Malachi 38-10 - I did and now I know for myself that He really does bless us far more than any donation we can possibly make. In addition to tithing, anyone can donate to other Church programs. For example, each month we have a "fast" where we go without food or drink for a day. All the money we would have spent on food is donated as a "fast offering" and goes directly to the poor and the needy. There's also an extensive humanitarian aid program - I love donating to this because I know that the proceeds actually help disaster victims or others who are suffering. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Dave
A ward is a congregation in a particular geographic area. If there are lot of Mormons in a particular town, for example, there might be multiple wards since we can't all fit in a single building at a particular time. A group of wards together form a stake, which is just a larger geographic area. If there are few members in an area, instead of a ward, they might just be organized into a branch. For example, one area in which I lived growing up had about 30 people come to church each week, so we were a branch. Where I live now there are many members of the church, and in my neighborhood there are 3 wards, with a few hundred members each. These 3 wards along with 9 other wards nearby form our stake. In terms of leadership, a ward is led by a Bishop, a branch is led by a Branch President, and a stake has a Stake President. Since we don't have a paid clergy, these and many other people serve in their spare time outside of whatever normal profession or line of work they have to support themselves and their families. Show more Show less