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Hi I'm Dave

I grew up in California. I love the beach, playing sports and spending time with my family. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I married my high school sweetheart and together we have 5 beautiful children. I am a Southern California native now living in the Arizona desert. I love to surf so my family and I head to the beach as much as possible. It's difficult finding good waves in the desert. We are a sports family, spending most of our free time on fields, courts, running trails, swimming pools or golf courses. If it involves a ball, we've given it a try. I enjoy traveling with my wife and am particularly fond of the culture and beauty of Hawaii. I receive so much joy in raising my children. I am happiest watching my kids learn new things and accomplish their goals. I often find myself wishing time would slow down. My children are growing up so fast and I know that before I know it they will be leaving the house. I love my wife and I'm sure there will be times that we enjoy a quiet house but there will be a void when the children are gone. I have a fraternal twin brother who most people think is my identical twin. We own an investment advisory business together and attend church together. Needless to say, as much as we are together, we confuse a lot of people. I was born 11 minutes after my brother. I tease him that I finally enjoyed some space and alone time and was waiting as long as I could to come into the world.

Why I am a Mormon

I believe that our purpose in life is to have joy and prepare to live in God's presence. We are all children of God. He knows each of us and loves us. When I was a senior in high school I wanted to know for myself the path I should follow that would bring me happiness and prepare me to return to my Heavenly Father. I opened the Book of Mormon and studied it's pages. As instructed in the introduction, I pondered the teachings and sincerely prayed about its truthfulness. I received an undeniable answer to those prayers. I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God. With this knowledge came the testimony that Joseph Smith was a true prophet. As I continued to study the gospel, I was impressed that the same organization that Christ established in His church while living on the earth was restored again through Joseph Smith. Things such as prophets, apostles, Priesthood authority directly from Christ, and temple ordinances were all reintroduced to the earth after a period of apostasy. Over the years I have found the answers to many of life's difficult questions while studying the Bible and Book of Mormon. Life isn't always easy. We all go through difficult times. However, when we strive to follow the Lord's commandments, he blesses us with happiness. Our Father in Heaven is there for us and will pick us up in times of need. He sent his son, Jesus Christ, to suffer and atone for our sins. This atonement allows us to overcome sin and empowers us as we work to improve ourselves in this life. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has all the principals and ordinances necessary to live a happy, fulfilling life and to return to our Father's presence again someday.

How I live my faith

Jesus taught that we should love our neighbor as our self. In the Book of Mormon, a prophet, King Benjamin, taught that when we serve our fellow beings we are also serving God. I believe that the best way to live my faith is by serving those around me. I have spent many years serving the youth of our church. I have enjoyed watching them grow up, go on missions, go to college, and get married. When I was 19 I had the wonderful opportunity of serving a two-year mission in Sapporo, Japan. It was a great experience teaching the people of Japan about Christ and His church. Those were two of the best years of my life. I enjoy participating and serving in the church as a family. Our family takes advantage of Monday night "family home evenings". During family home evening, we pray and sing together, share a gospel message, play games, and finish it off with some dessert. Having this time together brings us closer as a family.

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

Dave
We believe that Jesus Christ is the Savior and Redeemer of the world. Through His suffering in the Garden of Gethsemane and by giving His life on the cross, Jesus Christ saves us from our sins as we follow Him. Because of this atonement, each of us can be forgiven of our sins if we sincerely repent. Through His Resurrection, Jesus Christ saves us all from death. We will all be resurrected, meaning our spirits will be eternally re-united with our bodies. Jesus Christ also lived a perfect life, giving us an example to follow. Although Jesus Christ is the only one able to atone for mankind, we can all seek to follow His example in the way we live our lives. Show more Show less