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Hi I'm Dave

I'm a Mormon. Raised in Az. I'm a manager at a thrift store. I help people find jobs.

About Me

I love Arizona! I was born and raised here. Whenever I get the chance I enjoy hiking, photographing and rock collecting around the state. I wish I had more time. Mostly, my time is spent with family. I have been married 20+ years to my wonderful wife and have 6 children. It's time I'm glad to give. I work at Deseret Industries as a manager. Deseret Industries is a thrift store that employs people who are looking for new opportunities. We help people get training and education necessary to get a job that will bless their lives. I worked for 18 years before this in the drug store industry and I'm so glad I made the change and can see good things happen in peoples lives. Much of my remaining time is spent serving in my church. I am a Bishop in my church. This is a responsibility that I truly love. I am not paid for the work I do, and will only be for a few years. But those I work with are so kind and faithful it is a blessing to me. Maybe someday I'll go back to school and get my masters degree. We'll see.

Why I am a Mormon

I Love family so much! Through the things I've learned in this church I know that they can be a part of me even beyond this Earth life.I have also come to know who Jesus Christ is and recognize and am eternally grateful for his Atonement and sacrifice for me and the rest of humanity. I see what my children are taught in church and I see them try to do good things. I watch what my sons are taught in scouting and church and see that on the path they are on they can be truly happy. I cannot think of a better way to raise my family. I see what society is throwing out for the youth of today and the sorry and pain that comes to those who get tripped up by some of the traps. And even though it may seem alot of work to go to church every week and an impossibly high standard to avoid drugs and alcohol, extra marital relations or other church standards, I find strenth in them. It gives me comfort to know that me and my family are better off without those things. It also allows us to be closer together. I choose these things not out of threat or intimidation or that I was fooled. I choose them because it gives me joy and peace and the knowledge that I have a Father in Heaven who has sent a way for me to find that peace and joy while I'm here on Earth.

How I live my faith

I am a Bishop. This is unpaid responsibility that I will serve in for about 5 years. In this responsibility I counsel with the members of my congregation and help them with their concerns. I have administered to my friends and nieghbors as they have dealt with loss during these hard economic times. I have been called at all times of day or night as members have had sickness, accident and even loss of a loved one. I am grateful to know that each Ward or congregation has a Bishop who can be there in those times and facilitate the resources that are available. These resources are usually in the form of other members who are always willing to be there to help those in need. I see miricles every week as members bless each other through service. I also help members with spiritual struggles and help them strengthen their faith and point them to Christ. My favorite part is working with the Youth. I accompany them on many of their activities. Whether it be canoeing down a river with the Scouts or watching the young women showing off their talents. I also have the chance to meet with them one on one and help them with their concerns and issues. It is those times that I can also help them understand that they are children of a loving Heavenly Father who knows who they are and cares about the things they do and the troubles they may have.

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Dave
It's all about the service! members serve each other in a variety of callings because they want to bless other members. In so doing, each member is serving you and your family. Nobody is more important in Gods eyes whether you are teaching, leading or doing paperwork. Nobody serves to make a profit but rather to serve God through service to your brothers and sisters. I think another blessing is that you learn new things through serving. You also love those you serve and they love you. We are just folks trying to serve our Heavenly Father by serving one another. Show more Show less