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Hi I'm David

I grew up in Florida. I'm Colombian. I'm a Civil Engineer and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a Colombian home in the great state of Florida. I lived there throughout all my schooling, K-12 plus college. I was involved with many programs in school including being in plays and musicals, science research and being captain of the soccer team to name a few. I enjoyed my childhood, my parents are both from Colombia and they raised three kids in America, me being the youngest. I remember thinking that our culture in and outside of our home was just like everyone else probably lived but as I grew I realized things were a little different, but good different. I graduated high school with a diploma but also a two year associates degree at the same time. I went on to college for a year before I left on a two year LDS mission to Barcelona Spain. Those were some of the best years of my life. Upon returning home I continued in my education, finished with a Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering, moved away from Florida to Arizona and have worked in sales and engineering since. I am currently engaged to be married in the Orlando Florida Temple to my fiance Kelly and I haven't been happier.

Why I am a Mormon

My mother, at age 14 in Colombia, decided to be baptized along with the rest of her family. Years later she met my father in New York and he was baptized and they were married in the Washington DC Temple. My brother and sister and I all grew up in the church. Looking back, growing up with the teachings of the gospel of Jesus Christ in the home was the best thing that my parents could have done for us kids. We were taught principles of faith and hope, we were taught about the Savior of the World and how in this life we'll come across challenges and we'll have short comings and struggles but if we keep our lives centered on Christ and apply His teachings, we'll be okay, even though it may be hard at times, it'll always bring happiness and comfort in troubled times. When I was 17, I was preparing to serve as a missionary for 2 years of my life. At that time I wanted to be sure that everything I had ever been taught throughout my life was in fact true. I remember having a camp activity with a big group of boys my age and the leaders had us all go find our own secluded place in the woods so we could ponder and reflect for a couple hours. That day I prayed to know for myself if Joseph Smith was a prophet of God and if he really indeed restore the true Church of Jesus Christ back to the earth. As I prayed I had never felt with more assurety that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God and that Christ's church had been restored to the earth and that God lives and loves his children and blesses them with this knowledge so that they can go out and bless others lives by teaching them His gospel. At that time I had no idea what an impact that would have on my life and others lives, especially all the friends I made later on in Spain as a young missionary. This gospel brings joy, it brings peace, it brings knowledge, and it teaches so many good principles and helps you live a happy and wholsesome life. This is all why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

Church callings come and go, they are always changing, you get to serve in the church which helps you learn and grow. Currently I am the president of the elders quorum which means I and my counselors are in charge of a big group of men but when I say in charge I mean we are there to serve them, we are there to be instruments in our Heavenly Fathers hands to help them come unto Christ. I enjoy the calling, there are a lot of meetings and a lot of planning, but after all the planing and all the meetings we have the visits. And the visits are some of my favorite moments. We visit those members that we see often and those that we don't see so often. Each visit we share a message of Christ and we see how we can help them and their family in anything that they might need. At the end of the night after visiting I always feel at peace and I know that the Lord is well please because we were out doing our Fathers business. Jesus Christ was always out serving those around him, I love how He has established His church so that we can go about doing the same. What a blessing it is to have opportunities to bless others lives.