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Hi I'm David

I grew up in the Western US, served in the National Guard, work with satellite imagery, and have an incredible wife. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Germany, thanks to my father serving in the U.S. Army there at the time. I grew up in California, New Mexico, Utah, and Oregon. I served in the Army National Guard for 12 years, serving in California, Utah, and Colorado and completed all my initial training in Missouri, Arizona, and Georgia. I served a 2-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the ghettos of New York City (Harlem, Brooklyn, and Queens) and went to college at Fresno State and Brigham Young University. While attending BYU I met my beautiful and wonderful wife. We've been married since 1997 and have 4 amazing kids -- 2 boys and 2 girls. We live in Colorado and I work for a satellite imagery company, before which I worked for an aerial remote sensing company creating elevation (topographic) data. I love playing with my kids, spending time with my wife (and kids), and am a HUGE football fan.

Why I am a Mormon

Like many I was born and raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Although that upbringing was a real part of why I am Mormon, the greater part of why I am is that I love the principles and teachings of Jesus Christ by which we live. There are some who incorrectly assert that Mormons worship the men we believe to be our prophets, but nothing is further from the truth. We recognize Christ as our Savior and Redeemer, and know that salvation comes only by and through Him and his everlasting Atonement. He suffered for my sins, and died for me ... as he did for all who live, have lived, and will live upon the earth. We pray to God, our Heavenly Father, in Christ's name. I love all scriptures which testify of Christ: The Holy Bible (both Old and New Testaments) and the Book of Mormon -- Another Testament of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I love my Savior, Jesus Christ, and I strive to live his teachings and follow His example. In all church meetings, classes, and activities we make sure Christ is the focal point of all we learn about and/or teach. It's easy to lose one's self in worldly matters of work, sports, budgets, and so on, but always I try to remember on whom I need to focus, and where I need to turn for all the answers to my questions and problems. I'm not perfect. In fact, I am so far from anything resembling perfection that I am sure others may look at me and wonder why I try. We all stumble, or fall, or fall short of our goals and/or God's expectations for us. But we can't let discouragement win over our resolve to do what's right ... and we should never stop trying. My service in the church is primarily to create an emergency plan for our congregation in preparation for any severity of natural or man-made disaster. I also enjoy giving of my time and service to those who need help; like those who are moving in or out of my neighborhood, or any who need a helping hand. I am making a habit of bringing my oldest son with me to teach him the value and joy of service.

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

David
It can be hard to understand why temples are very restrictive to those who are not members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Many claim that we keep our temples 'Secret', but in truth our temples are very sacred to us. Not even all members of our church are permitted to enter, but our desire is for all to be able to enter into the temple(s) and enjoy the blessings within. Like temples talked about in the Old and New Testaments, only those church members who live certain principles of obedience and righteousness may enter. Our desire is so great for all people in the world to enter the temple that we hold an open house upon completion of each new temple that is built. All are invited, be they member of our church or not, to attend these open houses and see the inside of the temple before they are dedicated for sacred work. Show more Show less