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Hi I'm Dave

I grew up in the Chicago area. I am a technical writer. My sweetheart and I have eight great children. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Having kids keeps us hopping, but there is no greater joy in life than that associated with family. When there's time, my interests/hobbies include writing, hiking, family history research, canoe building, beekeeping, and watching the pumpkins grow. Professionally, I am a technical writer in the oil and gas industry - I enjoy writing about processes and how things work. Once a week, our family gets together for an hour or so and enjoys family time - singing, prayer, lesson, and (if in season) playing baseball. We enjoy living in Colorado where the sky's a little bluer and the stars shine brighter at night. I also serve as a scoutmaster in our local boy scout troop. My greatest challenge in life is keeping the garage clean. I am married to my sweetheart of 16 years who keeps me grounded and somewhat sane.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Mormon faith by loving parents. I have been going to church and was taught the doctrines of the church since I was young. When I turned age 19, I served a full-time mission to a foreign land. Since that time I have served in the church in various capacities. It is one thing to be raised in a faith, attend meetings, and embrace the doctrine because that's what you were taught and it is part of family tradition. However, I don't believe one can stay active in this demanding faith without a sure conviction that it is true. That what it says it is, it is. Christ makes abundantly clear in the New Testament that the purpose of the Holy Ghost is to testify of truth. The way to know the truth of spiritual things is to ask of God. You can accept what your parents and others say as truth, but eventually, you have to find out for yourself. Just as Joseph Smith did, anyone can find out if they are sincere, and they ask in faith. I have felt in my heart through the Holy Ghost that the principles espoused by the church are true -- that Joseph Smith did see God the Father and his son Jesus Christ, that through Joseph, Christ's church and priesthood were restored, and that the Book of Mormon, like the Holy Bible, is the word of God. Further, I have tested these principles in my own life and have found greater peace and happiness when I live by them - when I study the scriptures, pray, and serve others. For me it really is that simple.

How I live my faith

Talk about fun and an opportunity to learn and grow! In the church, you're rarely not busy. Over the years I have had the opportunity to visit several families and attend to their physical and spiritual needs. Often, they attend to mine! In addition, I was asked to work with the young men in our congregation. Visiting with them on a Sunday afternoon in church, or chatting around a campfire in the Colorado Rockies, it's been my privilege to associate with some great boys - some of the future leaders of our community and nation. Whenever I have accepted an opportunity to serve I have been richly blessed.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Dave
People sometimes get the wrong idea that we worship Joseph Smith. We don't. We honor and revere him, just the same as we honor and revere great statesmen like George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Show more Show less