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Hi I'm Dave

I'm a Mormon. I live Utah. I am a descendant of the Mormon Pioneers. I am an attorney.

About Me

I have 7 children. I love to get together with my family. We enjoy spending time in the wilderness. My boy's and I fly fish. All of us enjoy hiking and taking in the beauty of nature. I love to grow fruit and vegetables in my garden; I like the connection with the Earth. My wife takes care of the flowers. I am a public prosecutor. I take the challenge very seriously to make sure the evidence is clear and the punishment fits the crime for each conviction. After two decades it still breaks my heart to see people struggling through life making poor choices. I always lament the happiness folks miss as they carreen through life with no direction. My desire to see justice for victims of crime is my motivation. I have a very close relationship with my wife. She is my best friend in the world. No matter what challenges come our way, I know we will face them together. The hope and faith we share in our Savior Jesus Christ gives us a strong foundation to weather the storms that come our way. I love getting to know new people. There is so much that is good and interesting to discover in the world.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I am a descendant of Mormon Pioneers, everyone has to obtain a personal witness of the reality of God, His son Jesus Christ and that His true church has been restored to the Earth in our day. I made it my quest to learn the truth of these things for myself as a young man. My fatih and convictions have grown stronger as I have gotten older. I love the hope, peace and strength the gospel of Jesus Christ brings to my life. Knowing that God has a plan me and for all of his children helps me to see clearly in a world that can seem chaotic and confusing. I have a certain knowledge that God lives and loves each and every one of us. I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior. I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God. Reading it brings me closer to the Savior than you can ever imagine unless you read the book yourself. God has always spoken to His children on Earth through prophets. I believe He continues to call and speak to prophets in our day too. The modern prophets deliver to us God's word for our time. Their counsel and advice is a great treasure to me. I strive to follow their prophetic teachings and doing so brings me great peace and happiness.

How I live my faith

My family and I attend church together every Sunday. We do not have paid clergy so everyone takes part in teaching and providing leadership. Serving each other in this way helps us understand Jesus Christ better and grow stronger in our love for each other. My assignment is to teach the gospel to the middle age and older men of my church. I also teach members of our church that are preparing to go to the temple. The temple plays a very sacred and vital role in our faith and before members of our faith may enter the temple, they must make an earnest effort to keep God's commandments and earnestly strive to follow the example of Jesus Christ. I also have families that I am assigned to vist monthly to make sure that all is well with them. We look after each other this way. Each week on Monday, my family and I gather together for "Family Home Evening." We teach the gospel in the home, sign songs, role play, have treats, play games. It is a time that takes priority in our family. We do not schedule outside events on Monday evening so we can spend time together. In the morning before I go to work and the kids go to school we read from the scriptures and have a family prayer. We eat dinner as a family almost every night and give thanks for our blessings. We pray as a family before we go to bed each night. The first Sunday of each month we fast by not partaking of food or water for 24 hours. We find that this increases our spiritual feelings. The money that we save from not eating we donate to the church to assist with the less fortunate. Perhaps this may seem like a lot, but our traditions bring us so much happiness. It is difficult to describe the hope, faith and peace the true gospel of Jesus Christ brings.

What is the priesthood?

Dave
The priesthood is the authority God grants to men to act in his name on the Earth. Whenever the Lord's true church has been on the Earth, it has been led by men holding His priesthood. Jesus Christ is our role model for priesthood service. Priesthood is as much a duty to lift and serve others as it is a calling to lead. In our church all worthy men and boys over the age of 12 are ordained to the priesthood. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Dave
We believe that from the beginnig of time, God has revealed himself and his plan for his children to holy men called prophets who have recorded what God has taught them. The teachings of the prophets have been accepted as scripture. We believe that the Bible is a record of God's dealings with the prophets who lived in and around Israel from the beginning of time down through the mission of Jesus Christ and his early apostles. We believe and and treasure the teachings of both the Old and New Testaments. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Dave
We believe that it is only through the grace of the Savior Jesus Christ that men may be saved in the kingdom of God. We believe that beginning in the Garden of Gethsemane and culiminating on the cross at Golgotha Jesus Christ suffered for the sins of all mankind. By paying the price of our disobedience, he gained the power to redeem us from physical death and from spiritual death. We believe that there was no other capable or qualified to perform for us this act which we could not perform for ourselves. We cannot be saved except by this gift from Jesus Christ. We also believe that as a condition of receiving this grace, the Savior expects us to repent and follow Him by obeying his commandments and following his example. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

Dave
Jesus Christ established baptism as the gateway to enter into His kingdom. New members are "buried" in the water and raised up again. The baptism is symbolic of a person burying his or her old life and habits and then rising out of water clean, ready to begin a new life of discipleship to the Savior Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Dave
Baptism is a covenant we make to follow Jesus Christ. It is the gate by which a person enters into His kingdom. Baptism is full of symbolism like burying our old life in the water and emerging into a new life of discipleship to the Savior. We believe that when we make this covenant, our sins our forgiven and we begin our new life with a clean slate. We also believe that our part of the covenant baptism symbolizes is to strive to live as the Savior showed us by his example by living a life of love and service towards all of our fellowmen. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Dave
We believe that God revealed a code of health called "The Word of Wisdom" through the Prophet Joseph Smith in the early 1800's. It has been a blessing to those who have followed it ever since. We believe that our bodies and the opportunity to live on Earth are a gift from God. In his love and mercy, God, the creator of mankind, has given us advice on how to care for his gift. We believe that our spiritual health and physical health are intertwined. It is more difficult to be happy and have a positive outlook when faced with poor health. We avoid substances that God has revealed are harmful to our bodies. These include addictive drugs, alcohol, coffee, tea and tobacco. The Word of Wisdom also encourages us eat a healthy diet consisting mainly of fruits, vegetables and grains and limiting our intake of meat. The Bible records other instances in which God gave codes of health to his children on Earth through his prophets. Show more Show less