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Hi I'm David

I grew up in Idaho and Washington. I live with my wife and our five children and founded an IP law firm. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a rural setting on an asparagus farm in eastern Washington, and I value the work ethic learned in my youth. I enjoyed outdoor activities and scouting and credit my excellent adult leaders growing up for reaching Eagle Scout rank. I live with my wife of 22 years and our five children ages 8-17 in the Pacific Northwest. Our family is active in sports including basketball, baseball, soccer, softball and football. We enjoy spending time at our lakeside cabin, our Florida vacation home and boating. I enjoy watching movies (Lord of the Rings is my favorite), listening to audio books, and working on our family computer network (my background is in computer science). I enjoy traveling with my wife and family, particularly to historical locations around the world. I'm an intellectual property attorney specializing in patents, trademarks, copyrights and related enforcement. Along with two partners, I founded my own law firm just over twelve years ago, and I continue to enjoy helping others protect and use their innovations and advance their commercial endeavors.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because Jesus Christ is the way, the truth and the life, and our church is the only place to receive the fullness of His Gospel, including the ordinances required to return to live with our Heavenly Father and gain eternal life with our families. While born into the church, it was not until I served a mission in Arizona that I gained my personal witness of the restoration of Christ's original church to the earth by Joseph Smith in our time after it was lost during the dark ages. I love the Bible and it's message prophesying of the Savior and documenting his life and ministry in the Old World. I have come to equally love the Book of Mormon, the record of Christ's prophets and His ministry in the Americas after His resurrection, which was revealed to the world by Joseph Smith. The Book of Mormon, together with the Bible and other scripture revealed through modern prophets, provides the fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and stand as a witness of His continuing work and ministry to bring to pass the salvation and eternal life of all of us. Practically speaking, I'm a Mormon because it allows my family and me to associate with bright, friendly and moral people who share the same values, ideals and goals, and desire to serve others. Despite the challenging and often negative influences of the world in which we live, the Gospel and organization of the church helps us to make our homes, our family and our circle of friends a sanctuary where we can worship as well as spend quality time with others in enjoyable and uplifting activities. I'm a Mormon because it encourages me to respect our bodies, exercise and eat healthy, resulting in increased physical and intellectual blessings. I'm a Mormon because I can think of no other lifestyle that would bring me the same lasting happiness and joy.

How I live my faith

Our church uses a lay ministry, which means that it relies upon it's members for leadership, teaching, speaking, music and activities at local church units throughout the world. Our members are called to serve in different capacities at different times based on the needs of our local congregations, we believe by inspiration. I have had the opportunity to serve as a congregation leader, Sunday School teacher, traveling speaker, nursery worker, missionary, and presently as a spiritual advisor and teacher and Venture Scout leader working with young men ages 12-18. In addition to Sunday religious instruction, we engage in weekly activities ranging from sports to scouting to providing service to single parents and mature members of our community. We plan and fundraise for annual high adventure summer activities; this summer 16 youth and leaders spent a week learning to sail a 90 foot boat in the San Juan islands. I serve with my son as a home teacher, which means that we have stewardship to meet with families in our local congregation each month to become closer friends as well as check on their physical and spiritual welfare. We strive to stay active in our local communities in public schools, sports, music and other programs. While not always successful, I strive to fulfill my obligation as a Christian to not only my family and members of our church, but also to other friends, neighbors co-workers and those that cross my path each day.