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Hi I'm David

I'm and husband, father, civil engineer, triathlete and cow owner...and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was adopted into a Mormon family when I was 5 months old. Almost 30 years later, my beautiful wife and I would begin the process of adopting our 5 wonderful children. A significant portion of our marriage has been spent working through the adoption process including one through a social services agency, one through a friend, one through an adoption facilitator and two from Russia. There were some failed adoptions along the way too. Through all of this effort though, the Lord has richly blessed us with an incredible family. It is a blessing to be a father and husband and to learn from the experiences that come with those roles. I am a licensed civil engineer with an MBA in Urban Land Development. I love sports of any kind and have previously coached youth football and softball. Currently I race in triathlons. Our family owns a miniature jersey cow, a new calf and two goats. Although we are amateurs at raising and caring for livestock, we are learning great lessons from the experience. There is something uniquely peaceful to milking a cow in the early morning hours of the day...every day. My focus in life is to live a principled life filled with integrity, hard work and faithfulness. I do this because I believe it is will result in a character that will please God. I also hope that my example will be seen and emulated by my children.

Why I am a Mormon

My adoptive parents were very faithful in the church throughout their adult lives and they taught me by example to serve and worship. Their examples fortified me in the faith when I was young. Later, particularly when I served my mission in Chile and as I have had occasion to serve and counsel other church members, I have witnessed and participated in many experiences where the truth of the gospel and the manifestations of God were undeniable. I am the type of person when once I know something is true, there are no challenges, disappointments, or obstacles that can make me doubt - that is the case with my faith. Even when there may be moments of darkness or confusion...times where doubt may be reasonable...I lean on my memories of the faith promoting experiences and tender mercies that I have had, and my faith is strengthened. Most clear to me is that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the same church established by Christ when he lived on the earth, complete with prophets, apostles, identical ordinances and the same gospel teachings...and, Christ as the head and cornerstone. This rings so true to me. There are so many other facets to the gospel that shape and strengthen my testimony, but let me just say that I know the gospel is true and by living its teachings and being faithful throughout our lives, we can return to our Heavenly Father.

How I live my faith

One of the ways that I live my faith is by serving faithfully in my church callings. Currently I serve the young men of our congregation and I have direct stewardship with 20 young men between the ages of 16 and 18. Along with other adult leaders, we teach them gospel lessons on Sunday, mentor them on weekday activities, guide them on outdoor adventures and support them in their other school and extracurricular activities throughout the week. Our goal is to help them build their testimonies, strengthen their desire and ability to make good choices and to prepare for leadership opportunities in their lives. I also live my faith by following the counsel of the prophets and striving to live the commandments of God. God has promised us that if we live His commandments and listen to the prophets we will have joy in this life and rest in the life after...although sometimes the joy and rest aren't always apparent or immediate. Everything we have has been given to us by God, and He can likewise take it all away. But, the one thing that God will not take away from us is our will or agency. He wants to know if we are willing to give Him our will...to turn that one last thing over to Him. It all distills down to that. Are we willing to follow and obey? I have chosen to give Him my will.