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Hi I'm David

I grew up in Flint, Michigan. I now live in Colorado. I am a Mechanical Engineer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Flint, Michigan where I lived with my parents, my two sisters and a brother until I graduated from high school. I attended Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah where I received my degree in Mechanical Engineering. After graduation I began my career in Colorado. I have enjoyed working in the data storage industry and have spent most of my time working as a Development Engineering Manager. Through my employment I have had the opportunity to travel to various parts of the world and develop associations with many good people. Growing up in Flint, Michigan, I have always had an interest in cars. I was fortunate that my father and an uncle taught me how to repair and maintain cars. I still perform all of the maintenance on our vehicles. I also handle the home repairs that come along. I am married to my eternal companion. We have been blessed with 7 children, 6 of whom are now married. We enjoy frequent visits with our children and grandchildren. Our youngest son is currently in the Ukraine teaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

My mother was a member of the Mormon Church and my father joined the church shortly after I was born. I grew up in the Mormon Church and was baptized when I was 8 years old. I never really questioned my religion as it has always made sense to me. It answers the major questions: Is there a God? Where did I come from? Why am I here? And where am I going after I die? During high school the friends that I associated with were not members of my religion. The Mormon Church in Flint covered a large geographic area so I only saw the youth from church on Sunday. My high school had over 2000 kids, but only a few of us were LDS. As a teenager I worked part-time, did pretty well in high school, had some good friends. I have been blessed in life to never have a desire to drink alcohol, to smoke, or to be involved with drugs, etc., even though there were opportunities to do so. The teachings of my religion in this area have always been a blessing for me. I could have wandered away from my religion and looked elsewhere for answers, but for me there was never a reason to do so. My Mormon religion paints the complete picture. It all makes sense. I have always been active in my religion. God has answered my prayers. I am thankful that I know that I am a child of God, and that Jesus Christ is my Savior and Redeemer and that I can return to live with them again.

How I live my faith

Being a practicing Mormon is a way of life. It is much more than a Sunday activity or a social event. It affects and directs my daily choices and activities. As we raised our children we prayed as a family, read the scriptures and held family home evenings to keep us close together as a family. Now that our children are grown my wife and I continue to pray together and individually. We try to read and study the scriptures everyday. We attend worship meetings on Sundays and sometimes during the week we attend other meetings. I try to do the things that I know our Savior Jesus Christ expects of me. Many times I fall short, but that is why we have a Savior. He makes up for my shortcomings and allows me the opportunity to continue to try to improve. As a member of the church I have participated in many community projects; cleaning up parks and local neighborhoods, participating in paint-up and fix-up efforts and going to nursing homes and assisted living centers to visit and sing to the residents are a few of the things I have done. Our religion has a lay ministry and the members fill active roles in the local units. The church functions the same throughout the world with the local members taking active roles. This is what you would expect of a religion led by Jesus Christ. Over the years I have been called to serve in various roles that have ranged from cleaning the church building, to teaching the youth of various ages, to serving in various leadership positions overseeing a variety of church programs. My situation is not unique. Members in the local units, men, women and youth, all have opportunities to serve in a variety of positions to strengthen one another and to help the local units function properly. In the church, no one applies for or asks to serve in a particular position. Invitations to serve are extended by those in leadership positions who have the authority to do so. Everyday I try to live my religion and make it a daily part of my life.