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Hi I'm Dave

I grew up in a small town in Idaho and my mom died when I was 5 years old. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a small town in Idaho with 6 of my own siblings and 6 step siblings. I played basketball, football, and baseball in high school and still miss those days. Today I have a wonderful wife and 4 amazing children. I work as a project engineer and spend millions of dollars helping to improve processes and make our plant run more efficiently. Outside of work I am a scout leader. I love working with the Young Men and helping them shape there lives for the future. I am excited about the Young Men I work with because I feel save with them being the parents of the future. They are great young people and really want to do what is right. The most important thing in my life is my family though. I love spending time with them. My wife is amazing and wonderful and my kids I generally love being around. Although my 3 year old can be a hand full sometimes and have a 13 year old starting his teenage years can be an adventure as well. I'm very grateful for them all though and they keep me young.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born in the church and grew up believing that the the church was true, but there came a time in my life where I needed to know for myself if it was true. At this time I read the scriptures diligently and studied hard to know the truth. Finally, I prayed and a peaceful filling came over me and I knew that the church was true. I didn't have a vision or anything, but I had a peaceful feeling that was with me and has persisted with me to this day. It's interesting to me because the family I grew up in, with a mom who passed away at an early age, there could have been a lot of resentment toward God. But my father was amazing and he taught us the importance of a loving Heavenly Father. I grew up in an amazing family and although I have a brother who has a young child with a rare form of cancer, I feel that we are happy and have good families. That doesn't mean that we don't have our own struggles as I sometimes don't know if I will make it from day to day, but I know as I do what I should that I am happier in this life. Having said that, that is probably the biggest reason why I am Mormon. Being Mormon makes me happy. What do mean by that? At times in my life things are extremely busy, work can be very demanding and dealing with issues with our kids can also be stressful, but I know that when I do the things that the church has asked that I am happier. As I teach my kids the principles of the gospel and as they grow up I see their lives and the good things they do and it makes me happy. I think by seeing what we really want our kids to be doing it is easier to see what is best for us. As they live chaste and virtuous life's and strive to do what is right it is easier to see this is really what life is all about.

How I live my faith

The biggest way I live my faith is by working to teach my kids about the gospel. Although my work requires a lot of time, I strive to always make time for my kids as well. Every Monday we get together as a family and have a lesson, play games, and have treats together. We also try to teach our family the importance of saving for a mission and college by discussing and working on finances every week in a family meeting. Finally, I just try to spend time with my family and have fun together while teaching them to live and love the gospel. The family is really the most important thing in our religion with only God being more important as he is our eternal father. Outside of my family I also have the great opportunity to work with the youth in the church. I am a Scout leader and I get to go on camp outs once a month and get to work to help these young men improve their lives. At times I get tired and I'm not so excited about the camp outs, but I am so glad that I spend that I do with the young men. They are amazing and I am proud to be working with the future leaders of the church and young men who will be leaders in the community. Some of the Young men I have worked with (I've been a Scout Leader for 12 years now) have grown up now and it is amazing to see them or hear from them and see how they have grown. The Young Men organization in the church is an amazing way to help young people grow to be men and I am so happy to be a part of it. Some days when I'm tired and worn out I might not say that, but seeing the long term benefits it is an amazing work to be a part of.