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Hi I'm Dave

I'm a Father & Husband. I solve problems. I Like people. I love life. I mess up and then try again. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a father of 4. 3 boys and a little girl. That still sort of amazes me. I learned Vietnamese as a young man serving the Vietnamese population in Dallas, TX. I learned to love the food!, the culture and especially the people. (Seriously, Pho is likely the greatest food in the world!) I have been a Youth leader for nearly 20 years. I love working with these young people and watching them grow into good and decent young men and women. I grew up moving a lot due to my Dad's job. My wife and kids and I lived in the Everett, Wa area for 17 years. We had many who we loved and who loved us. We moved to the Sacramento area in the summer of 2012. The stresses of moving and trying to sink our roots again have been very difficult. (lots and lots of Pho has helped=) My life revolves around my family. Like most fathers I ache for the struggles of my kids and have great joy in their many accomplishments and their goodness. I love to solve problems and I truly believe there is Always an answer! My wife would say I'm an optimist, I just think I'm a realist. I have seen some pretty ugly stuff but I have never doubted that nearly all of those I meet are good. Everyone deserves another chance. Maybe that's just me realizing how many chances I've had? My wife is probably the greatest person in the world. Her kindness, vision, love, talents, wit and just plain awesomeness amaze me daily. And finally: "As an adult living with ADD" remember the most important thing is..SQUIRREL!

Why I am a Mormon

The real question is why am I Still a Mormon? I was born into a good family. My parents taught me what they believed as good parents do. I went to church,etc. At some point (14-15?) I began to see the differences between myself and my friends and didn't like having that gap. I wanted to do lots of stuff they were doing and yet I knew it did not jive with my (parents?) beliefs. I had to make some choices. I made some really bad ones. At the same time thought there was a God and so i turned to Him. I asked (A LOT) what i should do, if this church I belonged to had it right? I Tried to live in a way that would allow Him to answer, most of the time. I never heard a voice but over time I started to feel this strength of conviction and motivation. This internal Strength only happened when I was doing and living like I knew i should. I did not have this Strength when I was choosing other paths. I did not have the motivation in life and in my heart unless I was living how I now knew I should live. My prayers were answered with Strength and Power to be the person I truly wanted to be. This has only become more clear as I've aged. I'm getting older. I see my family struggle. I can tell when they walking with their Savior. I can tell when they are talking with God. I can see the change in them and in me. That's why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I Try Each Day. One day at a time. I push to find that Strength and to find the motivation needed to understand just a little bit of who God wants me to be. I fail a lot. No, I mean A LOT! My Heavenly Father's view of me is Way above where I'm at now but as long as I keep trying He keeps helping I love my family as best i know how. I try to be there for my friends and I do what i can to improve the world I live in. I Try really hard. Sometimes I'm even a little successful.