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Hi I'm Dave

I am retired, living in Washington state taking care of my wife's elderly parents. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a father of eight, grandfather of thirty-one and great grandfather of one. I am a retired employee of the Mormon Church. I have lived in Utah, California, Washington DC and Nauvoo, Illinois where I was an employee of the Mormon Temples in those areas. I have been married for forty-three years. We have experienced all the normal challenges of life. Worry about children, finances, health, even suffered a stroke at age forty-five. We have endured car problems, plumbing and electrical problems, broken windows, soiled carpets, and my garden has weeds. I have experienced sorrow, frustration, pain, and anxiety. But I have experienced times of contentment. excitement, fun, pleasure and joy and happiness. There are some regrets, some embarrassment, and even humiliation. I guess I am trying to say I think I am normal and as I look back on life, I am not sure I would want it to be different.

Why I am a Mormon

The hard questions of life (and eternity) have been answered for me through my Church. I have an assurance that God is my father in heaven and he loves me, Jesus Christ is his son and has made it possible, through his suffering, for me to live after mortality. There is purpose in life. Our experiences, good and bad, have purpose. The scriptures are true and the Book of Mormon is another witness to the teachings of the Bible. God leads us through prophets as he always has. He is no respecter of persons and is the same "yesterday, today, and forever." Through the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints commonly called the Mormon Church, I have peace in this life and hope of wonderful things to come. I know that because of having participated in sacred ordinances, my family and I will be together in the eternities where we will live in joy. I have not found anything in mortality that can begin to compare with the glorious truths that have been restored to the earth from the time of the Savior and the ancient apostles. My vocabulary lacks words to begin to express my deep gratitude for the assurance and hope I have in my life.

How I live my faith

I know that all I have has been given to me by a loving Father in Heaven. Not just to repay him, but because it is a privilege, and because He has said that we serve him by serving his other children, I try to follow his teachings and serve others. As a young adult I gladly gave two years of my life in sharing his teachings with others full-time. He has blessed me to live in the great free country, so I tried to serve him and my neighbors by serving on a City Council and as a Mayor. I have served in many callings in the church for over fifty years and currently my wife and I serve in a Home Storage Center. Here we help others purchase food that stores for long periods of time in case of emergencies of many kinds. I also have the privilege of taking from what he has given me in terms of financial blessings and giving one tenth of it back to him through "tithing." I also live my faith through praying to him, by studying the scriptures, attending meeting where I can worship Him and partake of the sacred emblems of his flesh and blood in remembrance of his great suffering and sacrifice for all of us.