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Hi I'm David

I live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. I enjoy hiking and camping with my family. I love music. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

As is common where I live, I like to get outdoors. I especially like hiking and camping. My wife and I have found that these are fantastic (and cheap!) family activities. A few years ago I had great fun backpacking for the first time. I also enjoy commuting to work by bicycle. When not outside, I enjoy playing guitar and bass, and listening to all kinds of music. I love reading and playing chess, too. I work several jobs - I'm a school psychologist ten months of the year, a summer-school teacher every July, and a piano technician year-round. I spend much of my free time simply playing with my four children at home or in our backyard.

Why I am a Mormon

There are many generations of members of the Church of Jesus Christ in my family. My mother and father taught me gospel principles early on. Because personal commitment is important in our church, a person cannot choose to be baptized until he or she is at least eight years old. That's what I chose to do - be baptized as soon as I turned eight. I have never regretted my decision. Family tradition is not the only reason I've chosen to be a Mormon. Over the years, my commitment to Church principles has carried me through difficult experiences including death of loved ones, financial problems, relationship struggles, and temptation. I feel grateful for the strength I receive by living according to Church teachings. I noticed in my youth that I liked to analyze relationships and situations perhaps more than most people (hence, my choice to become a psychologist). I have also long enjoyed reflecting on God. It's important to me to know who God is, why he has placed us on earth, and what he might expect from us. After much pondering, study, and prayer; I feel I have learned some answers to my questions. I know there is indeed a God in heaven. I know that he is a loving being, who sends us to earth to experience both joy and sorrow, which inevitably come in life. I have found that if I make certain choices I experience joy often, and that sorrow can be met with hope and optimism. I have also learned that covenants (promises with God) can strengthen relationships with family members, friends, and Heavenly Father. As a Mormon, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. It is through Jesus Christ - learning of him and following his teachings - that I have learned to feel lasting joy.

How I live my faith

Our local church leaders receive no pay for their services. They are simply members of the congregation that are assigned to lead for several years at a time. In fact, we believe that each Church member needs an assignment - something he or she is asked to do to contribute to the local congregation and community. These "callings" are assigned by the local leaders, who ponder and pray regularly to make decisions. I've had a variety of callings. For example, a few years ago I taught weekly Sunday School classes to sixteen-year-olds. At another time, I taught a handful of five-year-olds each Sunday. And more recently I was assigned to teach Old Testament lessons from the Bible to a large group of adults. I have enjoyed these callings, and learned much from them. One of my favorite ways I am asked to live my faith is by visiting people in their homes regularly. Over the years, I have been assigned dozens of individuals and families to visit. This is a pattern set by Jesus Christ when he visited people in their homes, to teach and heal them. These visits have blessed my life greatly. And I have stayed close friends with many of those I've been assigned to teach. As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ, I personally welcome you to ask questions about our doctrine, attend our church services, or read The Book of Mormon. We enjoy sharing with others what makes us so unusually happy!