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Hi I'm David

Audacious advertiser. Newspaper aficionado. One day I hope to grow a beard.

About Me

Multiracial. Fine art. Newspapers? I'm the great-grandson of an American immigrant. After living in Utah for a few years, some of my ancestors settled the deserts of Chiuaua, Mexico. Around the same time, my other ancestors were sailing around New Zealand.So basically I'm a proud Mexican and Kiwi, sounds tasty doesn't it? Currently I'm studying Communications with an emphasis in advertising. When I'm not watching commercials you can find me in art museums or at the international cinema. I love film studies and enjoy writing comedy. I quit my job at Disneyland to work for a national newspaper picking out comics. People find it strange that I would quit working at the happiest place on Earth but now I get to laugh everyday at work. I was raised Mormon and come from a long line of Mormons. I don't think of myself as a seeker of truth, just someone who strives to be happy. That's what I like about my faith, it helps me be happy.

Why I am a Mormon

Having never held a full conversation with a girl, I successfully completed the rigorous requirements to earn my High School diploma from the Golden State of California. Then, having never held a full conversation with a girl, I successfully earned my admissions to none other than BYU. I was sorta a little freaked out when I arrived, everything was a little too nice, the facilities, the food, especially the smiling faces. The niceness must have rubbed off on me and I found myself smiling, having never held a full conversation with a girl. Little to my knowledge I was about to thrown into what is the biggest courtshipping community, perhaps in the entire nation, this was none other than BYU. Naturally the university held plenty of awkward orientation activities and naturally my roommates held the same class of activities in my very kitchen. Being the rebel that I was I chose to march out of the dormitory and head straight to the library. Now you might be saying, "that's nice, you were a very special young freshmen weren't you, but what does this have to do with you being a Mormon?" I saw a girl in that library yet never held THAT conversation with HER. I was afraid, I wanted to follow what was expected of me, that was to serve as a missionary for 2 years before I got married. In my mind that meant I wasn't to even talk to any girl. With Winter arriving the weather and my heart were getting a little cold. I couldn't take it any more, both the weather and love thing, and almost a little too quickly enrolled in the Lord's army as a full-time missionary. Before I even came home for Christmas break I had already received my assignment, Philippines Quezon City. Those next 3 months were a blur, I never wanted to speak Tagalog, nor fly across the Pacific, nor be a teacher but somehow I decided to stay. Now I know why. Bearing witness of Jesus Christ and watching others change their lives makes it all worth it. That's why I 'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

Probably the first church-related activity I remember doing was spending time with my dad visiting a few of the single, elderly women of the church living around the area. As your average 12-year old I wasn't exactly eager to tag along, but I learned about sacrifice. That was my life, every month, for the next 6 years, no matter how "useless" it seemed at times. As a missionary living on the other side of the world, the one person who wrote to me was one of those elderly Sisters. I didn't realize just how meaningful those short visits were. Since I've been home from my mission I still write letters of encouragement, not being able to visit at the moment, no matter how many years it's been since they last stepped foot in the church. Now I try to get other men to do the same and visit everyone in the church. I also teach a small group of young adults about the temple once a month. My job is simply to answer questions and help them prepare to experience the blessings of being worthy to attend the temple.

What is the Church’s position on abortion?

David
The church discourages any associations with abortions. However the church has not made a statement about animal abortions. If you ever visit the Philippines a common dish is "balot", an aborted duck egg. Nobody will think any less of you if you eat it. Show more Show less

What is the First Vision?

David
I'm still not sure what we'd consider the Second Vision, but the First Vision is what we refer to as the single, most influential event which started the "Last Days." Joseph Smith prayed and received his First Vision of God and Jesus Christ. Joseph was told not to join any church. With that answer he then went back to regular life until another miraculous would occur later in his life. Show more Show less

What is the Relief Society?

David
The place for the ladies. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

David
The same sort of people who wrote the many books found in the Bible. These people, commonly called prophets, wrote under divine inspiration the scriptures known as the Bible and the Book of Mormon. Many prophets wrote about Jesus Christ and the Book of Mormon is another collection of their writings. Show more Show less

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

David
The best reason behind eating your vegetables, because God told us so. In 1833 God told Joseph Smith to tell the world to stop putting bad stuff into our bodies and eat healthy foods. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

David
FEED MY SHEEP! Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

David
No matter how amazing a person here on Earth is, how many times they've read the Bible, been to church, helped a little old lady cross the street, without baptism it does a person no good. Lots of people haven't been baptized so we remove that handicap by doing proxy baptisms. Only then are we all on equal ground to let Jesus Christ save us. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

David
It mostly depends on what you say. It won't be like a 30 minute tele-commercial or sitting though a special meeting convincing you to buy a time-share but expect to hear some pretty direct questions. Missionaries are fairly busy, everything they say will end in a commitment, regardless of how well they know you. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

David
We may write about vampires and werewolves, campaign for a political office, or drive that clunky Honda to your neighbors wedding reception, but that doesn't justify the term "cult" does it. The fact that we do write, run, and occasionally crash into you seems reason enough that you have seen us outside. Show more Show less

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

David
The grace of God. It enables everything we do in the Church. Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

David
We love the Book of Mormon, plain and simple. Talk to any member of the Church and they'll probably bring up the Book of Mormon in mid-conversation. It is the biggest physical witness of the truthfulness of our message. Show more Show less

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

David
Nobody wants to be accused of robbing God so we give what belongs to Him. God's commanded all men to give a "tithe" or 10% of all their income, with all their heart. Show more Show less

What are Mormon Temples used for?

David
These holy houses are used to harness the power of God. His power and authority is shown in such ordinances as baptism, confirmation, and marriage which bind people to eternal blessings. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

David
We continue to live. Our bodies are temporarily separated from our spirits until they are reunited at the Resurrection. Life isn't much different, you are still the same person, just living in different surroundings. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

David
No. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

David
I guess I'll have to answer you with another question, what do you believe is the purpose of life? Be a good person? Glorify God? Live happily ever after? Basically yes. Mormons believe life is a journey to be loved and whatever happens is for our benefit. BOOM, didn't see that coming did you? You grow physically, mentally, and spirituality through life. Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

David
The only time I ever wore long pants as a child was at church. To this day I hate wearing business attire but that's the custom for church. We follow whatever looks professional, every day I pray that some day men will be liberated from their neckties and go barefoot to the office ...I'm still waiting. Holidays are cool, even Catholic holidays. I love St. Valentine's Day, it's pretty much like any other holiday, free candy. The Church encourages it's members to remember Christ during Christmas and Easter though, but we're still open to the idea of free candy. Show more Show less

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

David
God told us. Then told us to stop. Kinda like when Abraham was told to sacrifice Isaac then later not to do it. Show more Show less