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Hi I'm David

I believed in God when I was a young boy, but I did not understand who He really was. Now I do! I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am just an ordinary guy, maybe just like you or your neighbor. I wake up to the alarm clock just like you do. I head off to work each morning just like you do. I like to surf the internet for news, sports, politics and of course I am on Facebook! Keeping up to date on family and friends is important to me. I also love the water and enjoy canoeing on back country rivers and lakes. Walking, running & biking are also very enjoyable to me. I try to walk several miles each day. I like to work with wood to build things, anything! Some think it’s disgusting, but once in a while I like to eat a Hot Dog with meat sauce & lots of onions. Well, truthfully, more than once in a while and more than one! Barbeque is great. I make the best Chicken Soup on earth. You will have to just take my word for that statement. Life is good. I am healthy, happy and a little bit quirky...but so are most people…they just don’t admit it. So what stands out about me? Not much. I am just like you and your neighbor except for thirty seven years ago, the Mormon Missionaries found me and that event changed my life forever. Now I am just a regular guy, but a Mormon too! So am I different from you, well maybe or maybe not. I guess if you are happy and you have all of life's answers, then you might be thinking life is good. But I would ask, do you really have all of life's answers? Where did you come from? Why are you here? Where are you going? What gives me comfort...I do have the answers to these questions!

Why I am a Mormon

My story of learning about the Mormon Church starts with building my home. I needed someone to do the excavation work, so I asked around for some references. I was informed that a nearby member of the community was an excavation contractor. After hiring him to do the work, he started talking to me about life and why we are here. He informed me that he was a member of the Mormon Church. He invited me to go with him to the dedication of the Washington D.C. Temple, which I promptly declined. I was not ready to take such a big leap into religion, for I still liked to play and have fun. This contractor did not give up though. One day, several months later, I hired him to do some more work. During this time period, he started telling me about how he and his son had taken a trip into Mexico for a vacation. He wanted me to see the pictures and the video they had taken. So he asked if he could come over one evening with his son, to show me the pictures. I consented. What happed next was really interesting! He came over as promised, but without his son and with two missionaries from the church. I did not see pictures of Mexico, but instead, "Man's Search for Happiness". That evening was one of the best evenings of my life! I learned many things pertaining to God's purpose for me. I felt as though I was in the presence of angels. The spirit the missionaries brought with them was so special. They really touched my heart. As I learned more about the church, I started thinking more and more about joining, but how could I, for I was not perfect, but a sinner. The missionaries taught me about the Savior's Atonement and how it applies to me. I will never forget the special spirit that was with them as they spoke and testified of our Father in Heaven and His son, Jesus Christ. After several months of teaching by the missionaries, I was baptized. I have never regretted my decision. Life was good before joining the church, but it's a whole lot better now, knowing what I do as a member!

How I live my faith

I have always felt that my Father in Heaven has blessed me with a special ability to love others in such a way that I am able to overlook their faults or different circumstances. I realize that this is a special gift and as with everything we want to retain, it has to be nurtured. With that in mind, I want to share one of my favorite scriptures from the Book of Mormon. Moroni 7:47-48. It states…“But charity is the pure love of Christ. Wherefore, my beloved brethren, pray unto the Father with all the energy of heart, that ye may be filled with this love”…… Since charity is a gift from the Father that is bestowed on you, and is not something you can develop on your own, then it must needs be given to you, so it requires that each day of my life, I must pray to my Father in Heaven for the “gift of charity”. For me, knowing that I have a loving Father in Heaven who was willing to sacrifice His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, makes me want to be the very best I can be, each and every day of my life. I am not perfect by any means, but with a strong desire to be a little bit better every day, I am feeling like I am a better person today, than I was yesterday. Showing kindness to others is not always easy. Kindness is a virtue and if practiced on a regular basis, I know I can make a positive difference in someone's life. My life is lived through my faith. My faith is defined by how I live my life. I am grateful for all the blessings that come from God. To show my thanks to God for the wonderful gifts He has given me, I must strive to live His commandments and serve others selflessly. I don't know if anything can be more satisfying than to watch the facial expressions of someone who feels love being administered towards them. It can change a life. It could save a life. So how do I live my faith? When I figure out the answer, I will let you know. Until then, I will just try to keep showing love and kindness to everyone I meet, one person at a time, until the end of time.