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Hi I'm David

I am a peon. I'm not very good at golf. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm the author of a "Not-so-best" selling business book. Therefore I still have my day job! I am a sales engineer for a logistics company. I earned my undergraduate degree in Marketing, and received my MBA in International Business. I speak Spanish, and would probably be a more successful businessman if I had a better golf game! I am a father of 3 boys and 3 girls, just like The Brady Bunch, only we seem to be missing an "Alice." We love living in beautiful San Tan Valley, AZ. It's a bit of a drive, but the fresh air is worth it! While I grew up in Mesa, AZ, my parents hail from the thriving metropolis of Agawam, MA. My parents grew up Catholic, and joined the LDS Church prior to my birth. I love to hang out with my family and go to all of their events including Boy Scouts, Orchestra (One Bass and One Cello), Football, Swimming, and Synchronized Swimming (where my wife is also a coach). In my 'free' time, I enjoy going for occasional jogs or hikes, reading (history books, and novels), napping, and playing sports (basketball or football if I can get other guys to show up). I am an avid ASU Sun Devil Football fan, I love the Arizona Cardinals, and I enjoy watching the Phoenix Suns.

Why I am a Mormon

Obviously, as one who was born in the church, you might say "You are a Mormon because your parents taught you to be." To a certain degree you'd be right in that judgement. My parents did raise me in the church, but I, at some point, had to come to grips with my personal feelings about the church. I could tell you stories of amazing experiences in my life that have let me know that I am a Child of God and that he loves me. I could tell you stories of a peace I've felt, or light of knowledge that has entered my soul as I have pondered the truth of the Mormon gospel. I could tell you about all of the great programs that the church offers for my family, that help me to be a better dad, and give me tools to protect my kids from the polluted world we live in. But in the end, the reason I am a Mormon is because I know that the Book of Mormon is a true book. I have read the Book of Mormon. I have prayed to know whether or not it is true. I have felt the Holy Ghost testify of the truth in the book. I wish I could tell you that I've had some amazing experience where the heavens opened, and angels came down and told me the book was true. While I haven't had some earth shattering experience like that, my experiences have been no less powerful to me. The Holy Ghost witnesses of Truth. He does this through a peaceful feeling. For me it is a feeling of joy, a feeling of confidence in my future, a feeling of gratitude for God's Mercy. I feel those feelings when I read the Book of Mormon, and that helps me to know it is true. You can search for things all over the internet, and get varying opinions about the Mormons, about Joseph Smith, about Polygamy, about everything. But in the end, the real question you should ask yourself is "Is the Book of Mormon True?" Because if it is, then Joseph Smith is a True Prophet. And the Church he restored is The True Church. It all revolves around whether or not the Book of Mormon truly is what we claim it is.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by repenting. Weekly, Daily, Hourly. I am incredibly imperfect. And yet, as it says in "Amazing Grace," He has saved a "wretch" like me. I try my best to follow the Savior's charge to "Be Perfect" as He is Perfect. However, as I fail, I am grateful for the opportunity to have Faith in His Atonement, and repent of my sins. I also get the great opportunity to work with the Youth at my church. Specifically, I work with 16-18 year old boys, and help them to develop into men. We do this through a combination of ecclesiastical duties, and through the Venturing program of the Boy Scouts of America. I love the Oath that these boys take when they enter the Venturing program of the Boy Scouts: I promise to do my duty to God and help strengthen America, to help others, and to seek truth, fairness, and adventure in our world I love working with these great young men, who, in some aspects, are so much better prepared for their futures than I was at their age. And in other aspects, they are lacking entirely. Our current culture has left young men lacking in some critical skills. It is my job, and honor to help these boys overcome these weaknesses, and to help them develop in ALL areas to be more well rounded, contributing members of society. So they will be better Employees, Husbands, Fathers, and Sons of God. I know that with so many influences in the lives of these young people, that I am really not an agent for radical change. But my hope is that I can help direct their course. If I can just change their trajectory 1 degree in a positive direction then I will be doing that which the Lord has called me to do.