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Hi I'm Dave

I grew up in in a military family, living all over the southern U.S. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm the father of three twenty-something young men. I'm a college graduate and currently work as an electrical engineer. I have received 6 patents and have published 20 technical papers in various electrical engineering disciplines. I enjoyed playing sports when I was younger but don't participate any more. I coached little league baseball for 16 years. My hobbies are building custom PCs and gardening; though I do more gardening because building PCs can get expensive. I enjoy reading (fiction and history), writing, watching good movies, and studying whatever my mood suggests to me.

Why I am a Mormon

While I was born into a Mormon family, growing up in areas where LDS church members were scarce forced me to question and evaluate what I was taught. I've done extensive study to understand the doctrines of the LDS church and of other religions. The LDS church is the only one that I've found where the doctrines and history all fit. The modern history and organization of the LDS church is consistent with that described in the Bible. The teachings are cohesive and consistent throughout; they are logical and fit with scientific laws. Experience has shown that following the guidance of the church leaders privides me with a happy, productive, rewarding life.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by looking for and taking advantage of opportunities to serve others. I've spent and extensive part of my life working in the Boy Scouts and in Little League as part of this effort. My religion has taught me that service to others is the best way to appreciate the advantages I enjoy in my life and I've found this to be true. I also try to be aware of blessings and good things that happen to me in my life. I've been taught that gratitude for the blessings I've received causes me to be happy; I've found this to be true also. I also try not to judge other people. I've been taught that this is the best way to make others happy, and that making others happy helps me to be happy; experience has shown me that this is true.

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Dave
Science is the best argument, to me, that there is a god. The basic laws of thermodynamics (these are proven scientific laws, not theories or hypothesis) state that, all matter and energy, left to itself, tends towards disorganization. In other words, more complicated structures naturally degrade and become less organized. This scientific law proves the need for a creator and superceeds the ever-changing theories that attempt to explain the universe as an accident that goes against scientific and naturally visible evidence. An even stronger argument, to me, is the testimony I receive from the Holy Ghost. I once had a conversation with a man who enjoyed running and bike riding because of the "natural high" he felt as he extended himself in these physical activities. He didn't believe in the spirit of god because he'd never done anything to try to feel it. I think that, if anyone works to feel the spirit of God with the same intensity that this man strives to achieve his "natural high" they would feel it and believe. Show more Show less