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Hi I'm Dave

I'm a Mormon. I've been a baptized member since my 8th birthday in 1973. My mother joined in 1971. I am the last of six children.

About Me

I am a father of three beautiful young ladies ages 21, 19 and 17. I have been married to my eternal companion for 10 years. We met, ironically, on the internet. I work for the Department of Corrections for the State of Nebraska and have been at my career for 16 years. I am currently taking online classes to get my associates degree in criminal justice. I'm originally from Connecticut, but moved to Nebraska in 1992 with my ex-wife and my oldest daughter when she was just a baby. My ex-wife was a convert, but she wasn't strong in the gospel. After my divorce in 1998, I met my current wife who was a member all her life. It is a wonderful thing to marry someone who shares the same beliefs as you. Before I was ever married, I served a full-time mission from 1985 through 1987 in the northern Utah area.

Why I am a Mormon

Why I'm a Mormom. Well, let me re-phrase this statement to say, Why I follow the teaching of my savior, Jesus Christ. I was introduced to the gospel when I was very young, as were most of my family members. I served a full-time mission spreading the gospel and, I suppose, a lot of my testimony was supported through my mother's. It's not that I didn't believe, it's just that the time for my testimony to stand on it's own didn't happen until several challenges happened in my life. the period between 1998 and 2000 were very stressful. I wen through a divorce, both my mom & Step-Father passed away and I was struggling with other personal issues. It wasn't until I returned to church and began a spiritual quest for my testimony that my burdens became light.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by example. My wife and I are ward missionaries and , at times, we assist the missionaries by going with them on, what are called, team-ups. This is an opportunity for members to go out with the missionaries for discussion appointments and getting to know some of the less active members of our ward an invite them back. This is a very rewarding we do and, as a former full-time missionary myself, it's a great way for me to re-connect with those great memories I had made so many years ago.

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

Dave
This one is easy. Because we are commanded by our Saviour to bring the light of the gospel to all the corners of the earth. In Matthew 28:19, he gives us the commandment to “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations” This is a sacred charge given to all young men when they reach the age of 19. I was honored to serve where I did. One of our church leaders, Carlos E. Asay said, “(There is) a marvelous phenomenon which occurs among men when the light of the gospel illuminates their lives. Almost instinctively, it seems, the light of truth sparks a desire to share. When our minds are expanded by new knowledge, we want others to know; when our spirits are elevated by heavenly influence, we want others to feel; and when our lives are filled with goodness, we want others, particularly those whom we love, to enjoy similar experiences.” It's more than a charge, it's a desire to share that which we have found to be true. And, it is this desire that these bretheren prepare themselves to serve the Lord. However, this is not limited to just the bretheren. The missionary field has wonderful sisters serving and preaching the gospel as well. Also, senior couples have volunteered, and continue to volunteer, as missionaries in spreading the gospel. Show more Show less