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Hi I'm David Gill

I am a musician, a scientist, and a dad. I grew up in San Jose and New England. I served my country and my God. I am a Mormon.

About Me

Music has been a great positive influence in my life, through singing and playing the piano, mostly. I also have enjoyed directing choirs, mostly small groups in local congregations and school. Lately, I accompany solo singers on the piano and am in a small barbershop group singing patriotic songs. I have six children. I lived in Vermont and New Hampshire during high school, then served a mission for the Church and joined the Air Force. After retiring from the military, I was blessed to gain employment as a civil servant in a Joint command.

Why I am a Mormon

My mother was baptized in the LDS church as a young teen in New England because her sister was baptized. (Her sister was baptized because she really liked the Elders.) While this seems like an undevout way to join a church, my mother reached out to her church family for help after she married and had children of her own as an older teen. She gained strength and support from these great people. She brought her children across the country and raised all six of us in the gospel, virtually alone, having been widowed and divorced repeatedly. The Church became a mainstay in my life, although it wasn’t always easy. When I was young, my local congregation (ward) was large, making it easy to just go along. When I was 14, we moved to a very small ward where I had to really commit in order to be an active participant in the Church. I quickly realized that if this was not the true church, then it was not worth continuing. I took wise counsel to heart to read and pray about the Book of Mormon that summer. Within 15 chapters, I felt strongly that this book was inspired and scriptural, on a par with the Bible, yet telling of Christ’s love of all people, including those he served after his mortal ministry in the old world. I asked God if it was true, and He spoke directly to my heart, telling me that it is true. With that sure foundation, I have never looked back. Even during times of doubt and challenge, I could not deny the truth of this book. The Lord confirms that testimony often. Having learned (through prayer and experience) that God loves me individually and cares about my well-being, I have endured poverty, opposition, weakness and grave uncertainty with a firm testimony that Jesus Christ lives and leads this church. Blessings of obedience have saved and strengthened each of my children, including three children who faithfully served LDS missions. Christ’s promises are sure, his sacrifice is eternal, and his love is unending for each of God’s children.

How I live my faith

I have been honored to serve voluntarily and constantly in various teaching and leadership positions in the Church, and to share my musical talents frequently. This year I teach a New Testament class in Sunday School. We reviewed the life and ministry of Christ as taught in the four gospels and Acts and will study the epistles and revelations from early leaders of Christ’s church. During my life I have been asked to serve in the church by visiting families in their homes, teaching children, youth and adults, leading men’s organizations and scouting groups, and providing sacred music playing the piano, singing, and directing. Most members of this church are asked to speak in our worship services about once a year. I have enjoyed (really enjoyed) that opportunity since I was about eight years old. One of my later challenges required me to speak once a month to various local congregations on an assigned topic. As a 19-year-old, I responded to the Lord’s call to serve as a missionary for eighteen months. The president of the Church assigned me to serve on the Navajo reservation in northern Arizona. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting, living with, and teaching these beautiful children of God. As a people, they have endured tribulation with humility and goodness, never forgetting their god. As individuals, many heeded the promptings of the spirit of God and joined this Church, also recognizing the Book of Mormon’s true account of their ancient ancestors. The Lord blessed me for sacrificing this short time of life by helping me to continue my successful education, career, and family life. It also taught me how to better serve all of God’s children. Service in the church has blessed and prospered all aspects of my life. The Lord’s promise is true: if we seek first His kingdom, He will provide all necessary things for us. I have learned and grown through each experience and look forward to serving in the Church until God calls me back to life with him again.