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Hi I'm David

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the father of six children, five boys and one girl. They range in age from 21 to 12. My profession is in the technology sector, and I am the co-founder of a medium-sized company. My wife and I have been married for 28 years. We love to travel and mostly love being together as a family. My hobbies include sports, coaching high school football, watching my kids' activities, running and biking, travelling to Europe, and golf. I played college football as a QB so I give back to my local high school by volunteering with the team. I was born and raised in Northern California. Recently I competed in a triathlon as did my wife. Life hasn't always been perfect, but we have managed to focus on the important things, and the rest seems to fall into place. We enjoy vacationing at the beach, and those times with our family together bring us great joy. They seem to grow up too quickly. Our life is very busy, but I wouldn't want it any other way! I also speak fluent Portuguese as I spent 24 months serving as a missionary for the Church in Southern Brazil.

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the LDS Church at age 16. It's a weird age to look for or find a religion. My family raised me Presbyterian, but we never went to church. While in high school the district decided to close my high school, and they moved us to the rival high school. There were a lot of LDS kids there, and I became friends with them. They introduced me to the Church and its teachings. The principals and beliefs seemed so natural to me that I knew it was true. One year later, my younger sister joined the Church as well. Since that time, I never doubted or questioned my decision and know it was the right thing to do. The Church teaches that the family is central to God's plan and true happiness comes from living the teachings as taught by Jesus Christ. While there may be short-term pleasure in living a life different from this, true, lasting happiness comes from living a life based on gospel teachings. I believe that this allows us to understand what our purpose is in this life. As I have understood who I am and what my potential is, I can rely on the Lord for my strength and rely on Him for everything. That dependence is like a triangle where the Lord is at the top and me and my wife are at the other angles. We rely on each other, but always look to Him who is our example in deed and example. This may sound phony or not possible, but I can tell you without a doubt it is possible and life is much more complete. This knowledge allows me to weather tough times, disappointments, and generally gives me a big-picture perspective on life. I know the doctrine the Church teaches is true. There are countless examples of people's lives changing because of these truths. I have witnessed it inside and outside my family. While I am sometimes amazed when I experience these things, I know how they happen and how they heal broken hearts and change lives. It can help everyone who embraces this Church and its teachings.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to be an example of my beliefs. The best way to do this is to serve others. There are many ways to accomplish this. I enjoy working with the Boy Scouts of America. This program is integral to the Church and the activities in which we participate. My position in the Scouting organization allows me to work with my sons and their friends and teach them old-fashioned principals. In the Church, I also serve in a leadership capacity. The Bishop serves as the leader of an area, called a Ward. The Bishop serves with two men, called Counselors, that help administer ward functions. I serve as one of those counselors. This position is one which is not sought after nor do we apply for it. The position is not paid, but payments in blessings are numerous! I serve to help others by teaching lessons on Sunday, working with younger men and mentor them, attend local training from other leaders, and generally try to represent myself as if the Lord were standing next to me. The position is temporary and lasts for a few years, then some else gets the opportunity to serve in this capacity. The Church allows me to grow spiritually with these programs. My experience working with great men also makes me a better person. Our Bishop is an ordinary man, but has wisdom that inspires me to live my faith. He is a spiritual giant that teaches me how to help others.