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Hi I'm Dave Jensen

I'm a hydraulic engineer. I am a husband, father, and engineering geek. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a husband and father of four children. I work as an engineer specializing in hydraulics and water resources engineering. I analyzed and design dams, levees, channels, and pipelines.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up as a member of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I always knew between right and wrong and often found myself hopping on both sides of that line. When I was 16, I came away from an accident on the farm with only a hyperextended elbow. I was driving a tractor that lost all power when I was going down a hill. With no steering and no brakes, as the tractor left the road, I jumped off to the side and miraculously cleared the rear wheels. That experience helped me to understand my mortality and made me realize that I need to live what I believed in or change my beliefs. I knew that I must make a choice for myself whether to follow the gospel of Jesus Christ. I prayed for answers to know if I should make the gospel part of my life and received answers to my prayers that I felt were from my Heavenly Father. I met great friends from my area who were a good example for me. Answers to my prayers and good friends set me on the path to being a life long member of the church. Everything good in my life has an origin in those two events. Less than two years later, my father was killed in a car accident. At that time, I had to again examine what I believed and if I truly thought that families could be eternal and that I would see my dad again. Again, I set to praying for guidance and comfort. I received answers to my prayers. I felt that what I believed was true. There was a purpose to life. All people are children of God and life is eternal. Because of the Savior Jesus Christ and his sacrifice I will see my dad again. Now that I have a family of my own, that belief that we can be a family forever motivates me every day to try to be my best self and to follow Jesus Christ. I have continually asked for guideance from God to ensure I am always trying to follow his commandments.

How I live my faith

I try to read from the Bible or Book of Mormon each day and pray to my Heavenly Father. I try to use the moorings of the gospel to guide my life as a follower of Jesus, a husband, father, and engineer. I try to look for those I can help out. I serve with the young men of our congregation, specifically those between the ages of 14-16 years of age. These young men have responsibilities in the church every week. I work with them to fulfill those responsibilities and share a spiritual or doctrinal lesson with them each Sunday. During the week, we may have activities that focus on developing these young men into caring men that fulfill their responsibilities in their families, homes, community, and church. We may have activities focused on services, such as cleaning our church building, doing yard work for someone in need, holding a food drive for a local soup kitchen. We may have joint activities with the young women of the same age group where we are learning about manners, dancing, how to cook, the importance of education or we may be participating in games for fun or athletic competitions. It is great to help out these young men.