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Hi I'm David

I'm a Mormon, married, have two sons and one daughter. I have two grandsons and one granddaughter.

About Me

I am married to my best friend who I met while locked in a vault at First Security Bank of Utah. We worked in the bank's large accounts vault. We married in the Salt Lake Temple and have three children, two sons and one daughter. Our daughter has one son and one daughter who I have been actively involved with since they were a few months old, providing Grandpa Daycare. My grandson is now 13 and my granddaughter is nine. My youngest son and his wife have a son who is five. I have watched him for them at different times. I grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah where I graduated from Skyline High School and attended some college at the University of Utah and later at LDS Business College. Two years after getting married, my young family and I moved to Spokane, Washington. I completed a correspondence course in Microcomputer and Microprocessor Technology from NRI. I used the knowledge and skills I gained in many of the jobs I have held. For 10 years I was been involved with the Idaho Writers' League and served in League and chapter offices, including League President and webmaster. When I was an Explorer Scout I took a tour of the University of Utah's computer center and gained my love of computers. A few years later, I learned about programming by printing the code for some Star Trek games and modifying them when I played. Many of my jobs have involved working with computers and I have created personal and business websites for myself and others.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born in an LDS family. My mother's parents joined the church when they immigrated to the United States. My father's father is a convert to the church. My father's mother comes from the original pioneers, her grandfather being Lorenzo Dow Young, brother to the Prophet Brigham Young. As a youth, I studied the doctrines of the church and received the various ordinances. In junior high and high school I attended seminary and read the Book of Mormon for the first time. Through study and prayer, I have gained a testimony of the truthfulness of it. When I turned 19, I chose to serve a two-year mission for the church and worked with the people of Georgia, Alabama, and Florida. It is because of the testimony I gained as a young man of the divinity of Jesus Christ, a knowledge of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon, and of the Prophet Joseph Smith that I have remained an active member of the church, serving in a variety of positions in my various wards and stakes.

How I live my faith

For eight years I have worked with church members and non-members as an Employment Specialist helping them find work and upgrade their employment. The key areas for helping them involved networking, resume help, and working on interviewing skills. As a teenager I earned my Eagle Scout rank and currently, I work with the Scouts and Scout leaders as the Scout Committee Chairman. Some of the work deals with helping with fundraising efforts and tracking the advancement for each of the boys in the Troop, the Team, and the Crew. It is a great joy when a young man I have worked with earns his Eagle Scout rank.

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

The Bible teaches in a number of stories the importance of being prepared. Noah, Joseph in Egypt, and the ten virgins are three examples. The world experiences natural disasters which have killed thousands and left many more without homes. However, these only affect limited numbers of people. Accidents, illness, and loss of jobs can have devastating effects on people and families. I have not only seen the effects of unemployment in others, but experienced it myself. I learned as a Scout to "Be Prepared." An important factor of being prepared is that if a widespread disaster, be it natural or man-made, strikes, by being prepared I won't be a burden to the government or my church and can even help relieve those burdens by sharing what I have with family and neighbors. Show more Show less