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Hi I'm David

I'm a Mormon. I grew up in Lawrence, Kansas USA. My mother is not a mormon but my father was. I was baptized at age twelve.

About Me

My mother is not a member my father was, he passed away a week before turning 90. I attended other churches growing up but was really raised a Mormon. I have a brother, and two sisters. All four of us had the missionaries teach us the lessons just as they would any other person investigating what The Church of Jesus Christ of Later-Day Saints, The Mormons" believe. My parents wanted us to be more mature when we made the decision to be baptized. I knew beyond a doubt that Joseph Smith, the founding Prophet, did in fact see and talk to God the Father, and Jesus Christ when the missionaries taught that lesson and bore their own witnesses, and I also knew that I wanted to serve a mission myself. I did, and my mother helped support me financially while I did, a huge sacrifice and tremendous blessing for me. I served a two year mission to The Netherlands, learning to read and speak Dutch, that was hard and I know the Power of the Holy Ghost helped me learn the language; it was to me a gift of tongues. I returned home, attended and graduated from Ricks College, where I had the privilege of helping new missionaries learn the Dutch language before going to The Netherlands. I married while at Ricks and raised six children. Activity in and staying close to the church has made a tremendous difference in my life and all that has happened to me since I was 12. I am proud of my heritage and my membership in the "Mormon" Church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Later-Day Saints.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a "Mormon" and remain a "Mormon" because I know without any doubt at all that the principals taught by and in The Church of Jesus Christ of Later-Day Saints are true. I know following the teachings and striving to live as we are taught makes us more Christ like. I am not perfect, nor are members of the church, we all have and do make mistakes, some quite serious. I know that Jesus Christ is our Redeemer, our Savior that He lives, that he suffered and died for us so that we would not have to suffer for our own sins, if we repent. I have had to do some serious repenting and am grateful for a loving Savior who makes it possible for me to be forgiven. I also know without a doubt that "Mormon" church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Later-Day Saints is led and guided by living Apostles and Prophets, I have felt the Holy Ghost strongly while listening to them speak, I know there is a power in them not found anywhere else, the Power of the Priesthood, and I know and have felt that power in my life on numerous occasions. At one point, I am sure a Priesthood blessing saved my life, that and the prayers of faith of those in my family and in my church family. The Gospel of Jesus Christ and living its principals has brought me more blessings and a richness that I do not believe I could have experienced otherwise. I am a happier person when I am living the principals taught by the church, even though I still make many mistakes. The influence of the Holy Ghost is real, it helps me realize what I can do to become and be a better me. Attending church services helps me get through the week, even when everything seems to be going wrong. To be active in the church, I am given the opportunity to serve others and learn better ways to serve others, and that helps me grow spiritually and as a person, further evidence to me that this is Christ's Church, he wants us to learn to 'Love and Serve" one another to be really Christ like, to be Charitable.

How I live my faith

There was a dark time in my life when I was struggling with everything I believed in, I was extremely stressed and depressed. My wife of 17 years and I were not getting along at all, everything turned into a fight. After our divorce, I even thought, more than once of suicide, just stepping on the gas and crashing into a bridge. I had a reputation with my wife and kids of dosing off at the wheel any way, who would know. I even thought of abandoning everyone and everything, quitting my job, ignoring the pain of not being with my children, and failing at marriage. I chose not to do either, I made a conscience decision that I needed God, I needed the Gospel of Jesus Christ in my life, and I needed the love, the fellowship and support of the Church. I started reading my scriptures more than once a day, having meaningful prayer, spending as much quality time with my children as I was allowed. I knew I could not change anyone, that no one else could make me happy, that I needed to take control of and take responsibility for my life, my successes and my failures. I started going to a counselor, who was also a member of the church, who understood the issues surrounding a Temple Marriage, and church activity and the importance of the family. The difference was the choice to become more active and more dedicated to living correctly, that more than anything saved me from myself and made it possible for me to move on with my life, graduate from college, re-marry and create myself in a much better way.