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Hi I'm David

I'm a husband, a dad of 4 and a granddad of 4. I'm an Electrical Engineer who writes software. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and now I am a Mormon. Of course, I'm joking a bit with you. Mormons are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. My identity is inextricably intertwined with my membership in the Church. I was born to good and loving parents, and grew up in a family of 4 sisters, who taught me patience and love and respect for women. (Or else!) My family shares a great love of music. I studied to became an Electrical Engineer and married my dear wife in my last year of college. My work has been rewarding for me, but mainly as a means to provide for my family and enable me to serve others. I like playing the piano. I love to sing. I like listening to music ranging from classical through ethnic to jazz. I also have a great love for the outdoors born from many outings with my father or with the whole family. Back in my childhood, we thought that "going for a drive in the canyon" was recreation! Especially when we sang together as we drove.

Why I am a Mormon

To begin with, I was born into an LDS family, and indeed have generations of Church members before me. Many sacrificed much to become members of the Church. The story of my pioneer great-great grandfather has ever been an inspiration to me. He joined the church in Denmark, sold a prosperous farm, and moved to Utah in a covered wagon; suffering great hardships and losing virtually everything but his family. His story seems to me a living embodiment of the parable of the merchant who sold all to buy one pearl of great price. And I consider the Church of Jesus Christ to be such a pearl. In my childhood I loved stories from the Bible and the Book of Mormon, and sang "I am a Child of God". That childhood faith has taken root and been nourished by my own personal reading and re-reading of the scriptures, and especially of the Book of Mormon. I cannot read that book without feeling a peace and assurance that it is true. It teaches me so much about the Savior Jesus Christ and His role in my life. It truly is another witness with the Old and New Testaments, that Jesus is the Messiah, come to save and exalt us if we will just ask, seek, knock. I accepted Him as my Savior through baptism at the age of eight. I continue to try to follow Him, because He is the only way back to my Heavenly Father. I know from experience that the joy I experience in life comes from living the way Heavenly Father wants me to live.

How I live my faith

I would not be a member of a Church that didn't ask me to serve. Service is the essence of discipleship of Jesus Christ. I have been blessed by many opportunities to do so. I've been able to share my love of music by playing piano for children to sing gospel songs to, and by conducting a church choir. When my boys were young teens, I went with them and others their age on Scout outings and community service projects, and I helped them learn how to serve as young Priesthood holders: administering the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper to our congregation. I and another man go each month to visit a few other members and take them a Gospel message. We offer them help and support in need. Two other men do the same for my family. The women in the Church have a similar network. I love the way this draws us closer and how we are all strengthened by it. The Church has provided me countless ways to help, lift, love and grow. But the biggest impact of my faith is on my family life. My wife and I were sealed for eternity in a Temple. We believe that the love we have for each other, our children and our extended family need not die at death; that we can be together as a family in the presence of our Heavenly Father. This perspective makes a huge difference in our relationships, because we see that they are worth any amount of work and patience and sacrifice and humility.

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

David
Christ said "Follow me" to all He met. He was baptized Himself, though he was sinless, to show us that baptism is required of all for entrance into the Kingdom of God. For us, baptism is also for the remission of our sins through the atonement of Christ, and also shows by our willful act that we accept Christ's Name and are willing to keep His commandments. Because we are completely immersed, it is a powerful double symbol, both of washing clean, and of death and rebirth into the family of Christ. Baptism is not performed for children, who are not accountable before God for wrong-doings until they are eight, and can understand the consequences of sin, and are capable of making such a covenant by their own free will and choice. Show more Show less