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Hi I'm Dave

I am a husband, and father of five. For the last 18 years I was a tree climber. Now I am a law student. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a father of five and the husband of my beautiful wife, Patti. I love to climb trees. For the last 18 years I built and ran a tree service and competed in tree climbing competitions. Now I attend law school. I love mountain biking, and reading- especially biographies about courageous people.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I love freedom. My favorite movies are about people with indomitable spirits (Braveheart, A Man For All Seasons, and Gandhi, to name a few). I have found in my life that I am most free when I follow God's laws. Because God is also my Heavenly Father, I know that He cares about me, the choices I make, and the circumstances of my life. This is why he sent his son, Jesus Christ, to cover for me, and for each of us. No matter how hard we try, we all make mistakes. But if we do the best we can, this becomes sufficient, because Jesus Christ covers for our incorrect choices. My favorite scripture is John 8:32, “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” The way to be free is to learn the truth and then choose to follow it. Usually, the way we come to know the truth is because someone who already knows it shares it with us. “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Romans 10:13). I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ because I know that God continues to have things to tell his children today. The way he does this is through prophets. I learn how to be free as I learn and apply the lessons prophets teach in the Bible, the Book of Mormon, and most importantly from his living prophets today. Modern prophets give me insight into my current challenges. When I hear their teachings the Spirit of God confirms their truth to me. As I act on these feelings and obey their invitations to make changes in my life, I come to a greater knowledge of the truth. “If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.” (John 7:17). I choose the freedom that comes from following Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by remembering that it is okay to make mistakes. I remind myself that the purpose of my life is to learn and to grow. Inevitably, I make choices which make me unhappy. As I turn to Christ with a desire to change, I feel my heart change. I try to remember that even when my problems are too big to fix myself, they are never too big for Jesus Christ to overcome. I also try to remember that none of us are finished yet. I love this statement by the late Marvin J. Ashton: “Perhaps the greatest charity comes when we are kind to each other, when we don't judge or categorize someone else, when we simply give each other the benefit of the doubt or remain quiet. Charity is accepting someone's differences, weaknesses, and shortcomings; having patience with someone who has let us down; or resisting the impulse to become offended when someone doesn't handle something the way we might have hoped. Charity is refusing to take advantage of another's weakness and being willing to forgive someone who has hurt us. Charity is expecting the best of each other. None of us need one more person bashing or pointing out where we have failed or fallen short. Most of us are already well aware of the areas in which we are weak. What each of us does need is family, friends, employers, and brothers and sisters who support us, who have the patience to teach us, who believe in us, and who believe we're trying to do the best we can, in spite of our weaknesses.” I also live my faith by serving others. When I owned a tree service company I was able to help people with their tree problems. I look forward to graduating from law school and doing my part to ensure fundamental freedoms continue for my children and future generations. I am driven to do all I can to insure that the miracle of the American system of government, unique in the opportunity and freedom it provides, passes even stronger to the next generation.