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Hi I'm Dave

I grew up near San Francisco. I teach high school physics and coach track & field. I'm a husband and dad. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been teaching high school chemistry and physics for 17 years in western Washington, because I love science and I love teaching teenagers. There is a great power that comes from a career where you can impact young people's lives for good. I love to run, and so have spent several years coaching cross country and track and field. I also love geology, particularly learning why the Earth looks the way it does. Because of this, I love to hike in the Cascade Mountains and take my family on road trips where we tour the National Parks and see other interesting parts of this great country. I love my wife and four children, one of whom is autistic. He particularly has taught us the power of patience and unconditional love. Despite his challenges, he has a special gift of loving others. This has taught me the power of gifts and talents, that we each possess them, and how they can enrich ours and other people's lives.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, but I remember being a teenager and wondering if the teachings of this church were really of God. The greatest part of this church is that through the Holy Spirit anyone can know that those teachings are true. At work I teach my students to use the scientific method to solve problems. In life I follow a similar pattern. When I have a problem, I research it through reading the scriptures, namely the Bible and Book of Mormon, as well as read the words of prophets and apostles which our Lord Jesus Christ has called on the Earth today. Then when I think I have found the answer I put it to the test by praying to our Heavenly Father about it and/or begin practicing the solution in my daily actions. The results of living those actions, accompanied by the feelings of the Holy Spirit always confirm in my heart the truth. We live in such troubled times, who wouldn't want the teachings of scripture, combined with inspiring counsel given by modern prophetes, apostles, Bishops, and teachers; all confirmed by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit? These teachings have helped me be a better individual, husband, father, and overall enjoy my life more. I still have challenges, like all of us do, but I know where I can turn for help, and that ultimately, through the grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, I can have a hope to return to live with Him with my family and friends.

How I live my faith

During the week I work the Cub Scout aged boys in our congregation. I love the Cub Scout program, and love helping those boys have fun learning about nature, helping others, and how to be a good citizen. I, along with my teeage son, am also part of the Home Teaching program in the church, where we have 4 families/individuals who we "look after". This involves sharing with them a gospel message in their home each month, helping them when sickness/other challenges are present, as well as just being a good friend. My family has gotten so much out of the Home Teachers who have visited our home each month, and I hope that I and my son are having the same positive impact on those we visit. Since I believe being a good neighbor and citizen is a very important part of practicing your faith, I love being involved in my community. Whether it is taking my oldest son to help fill sandbags to help protect a neighborhood in another part of town from flooding, or taking my children to help a neighbor move, or taking my family to help in a community clean-up project, I love being an active part of the town we live in. Finally, in my home is one of the most important places to practice living my faith. I truly believe that family is my most important responsibility, above anything else which may arise. Each Monday we play games, discuss principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and otherwise have fun building relationships with each other. We read the scriptures together as a family, and begin and close the day with family prayer. Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is the most important thing I think I could ever instill in my children.