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Hi I'm David

I grew up in a small town outside of Chicago. I speak Vietnamese, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Growing up in a small town that was full of corn fields and wide open spaces was an awesome experience for me as a young boy. I had two dogs to roam around with and forests close by to build up forts. We were not a farming family, but lived in the heart of farming country. It was a typical small town where everyone knew your name and news traveled fast, sometimes too fast. I loved it! To give you an idea of the size of the town, my graduating High School class was a whopping 48 students. I look back on my childhood with very fond memories. After graduating High School, I went to BYU for my first year of college. I then went on an LDS Mission to Seattle Washington where I learned Vietnamese. What a great experience that was! It opened my eyes to a brand new culture and I grew to love the Vietnamese people and culture. After my mission, I returned to BYU where I meet my beautiful wife and finished a Masters in Information Systems Management. We now live in Arizona where I work as an IT Audit Manager. We have three beautiful children; one girl and two boys. They are great kids and we love spending time together!

Why I am a Mormon

Most simply, I'm a Mormon because I believe in Jesus Christ. I grew up in the Mormon Church and, like most kids of any religion, believed as my parents did. I was always taught, however, to seek my own testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I was taught at an early age to "search, ponder, and pray" to know whether the scriptures are true. This became most meaningful during my first year of college. I was finally on my own and started thinking about what I wanted to do with my life. As a big part of my life was my belief in Christ, I decided I needed to know for myself whether what I had been taught was true. I remember distinctly feeling that I needed to read the Book of Mormon, again, but this time really pay attention to what the teachings meant to me and come to know for myself whether it was true scripture from God. I finished reading within a few weeks and then turned to my Heavenly Father in prayer to know whether what I had read was true. It's impossible to describe exactly how I felt as I prayed. But I know that God confirmed to me that what I had read and what I had been taught as a child about Jesus Christ was true. I came to know that Joseph Smith truly was a Prophet of God and that he restored the Church of Jesus Christ once again to the earth. It was a tender moment for me that I treasure and is the foundation upon which I rely in continuing my belief today. I have weaknesses like all of us do. I do not profess to be perfect nor do I believe I am even close. But the testimony I have received about Jesus Christ gives me peace and hope that one day, through His atoning sacrifice, I can become clean and return to live with Him. All I need do is accept Him and follow his commandments. I have a testimony that through his infinite Atonement, families can be together forever. In this hectic world that we live in, we can find peace and hope through the Prince of Peace, the Son of God, the King of Kings, Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I live my faith one day at a time. It's definitely not always easy and there are plenty of influences nowadays that try to lead you down a path contrary to the teachings of Jesus Christ. But through reading the scriptures, frequent prayers, serving others, attending church, etc. I am able to keep my faith strong and find peace. My family and I are currently serving in a Branch on the Gila River Indian Reservation in Santan. A Branch is a small unit of the Church. We attend this Branch to help the Native American members of the Church keep the Branch active. It has been a great experience for my family. I am grateful that my kids are learning that it doesn't matter what the color of your skin is or what your cultural background might be. All are equal in Christ's eyes.