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Hi I'm Dave

My wife and I have 4 kids and 3 grandkids. I teach math. I love backpacking. I climbed Mt. Rainier and Mt. Baker. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Oregon, fourth of 6 kids all born within 7 years. All my ancestors have been Mormon for at least 4 generations. I have a copy of a journal one ancestor kept of his conversion to our faith, and his trip to Utah with Brigham Young in 1847. He tells of burying a teenage son along the trail when coming back the next year with his family. He gave enough details that my father located the unmarked grave and put up a marker. Other ancestors joined the church in Australia in the 1850's and New Zealand in the 1880's. I grew up dreaming of teaching science, but went to law school and practiced law 13 years after a counselor told me there were no jobs for science teachers in the 1970's. When I didn't like my law practice, I went back to college and became a high school math teacher. I love teaching. My wife and I have been happily married 28 years, and have 4 children and 3 grandchildren. Our family is everything to us. We love to camp and go on vacations together. My one son got into mountain climbing a few years ago, so I climbed Mt. Rainier and Mt. Baker with him. Another son wanted to learn how to fish, so he and I tried that with very limited success a few summers ago. My wife and I love to ride bikes together and with friends, though neither of us are avid bikers. Our entire familly loves to tube down a cool river on a hot summer day, so we look for chances to drive back to float the Wenatchee River where we used to live.

Why I am a Mormon

My faith in God and Christ has always felt as much a part of my being as my personality. I was raised by faithful parents, and the spirit has borne witness to me of the reality and love of God on too many occasions to begin to count. I have never doubted that God loved me, and wanted to communicate with me about things that mattered. I grew up surrounded by highly intelligent people who often bore witness to me that they knew the tenets of our faith were true. As I grew old enough to think for myself, it became very important to know if the things I had been taught since youth about Joseph Smith receiving revelations and scriptures from God, and him re-establishing Christ's church, were true. If these things were true, I was part of a cause that gave the ultimate meaning and purpose to my life. If these things were not true, I would have been part of a laughable hoax like no other. At age 19 I reached a point where I had to turn to God to confirm what I had so easily believed all my life. After spending most of a night on my knees in prayer, I felt an overpowering spirit of comfort and light. It burned deep into my soul, and removed any doubt about the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon, the doctrines of my Mormon faith, and the realilty of the restoration of God's church on earth. Since then I have experienced this same overwhelming spirit more times than I could count, often literally bringing me to tears. I feel so sure of the truthfulness of these things that I sincerely hope I would give my life rather than ever deny my faith. The entire purpose of God's church is to teach us how to grow closer as a family, and to God, so we can eventually live together in joy and unity for all eternity. My wife and I love each other and our children, and we thrill at the hope our faith gives us that we can eventually accomplish that greatest of goals.

How I live my faith

I have been a devout Mormon since birth. I have honestly never wanted to drink alcohol, smoke cigarettes, swear, or even miss church on Sunday. The only time I ever tasted alcohol was by accident when, at age 28, I ordered a root beer at a gathering of attorneys, and got a mixed drink (I took one sip then put it down). I would no more intentionally miss a Sunday of Church, than I would go for an all day hike in a blizzard without a coat. My faith is the source of my peace of mind, my joy, my strength, my direction in life, and my reason for living. My wife and I always gathered our children every night to read scriptures and pray before going to bed. Now our children our grown, we continue reading scriptures from the Bible or Book of Mormon every night before we pray and go to bed. My oldest two sons and I all served 2-year full-time missions for our church. My youngest son is now serving his mission in Guatemala. I have always actively served in my church responsibilities. I served as leader of 4 different age groups of boy scouts. I have taught weekly Sunday School classes of teenagers and adults. For three years I taught a "seminary" class for high school students each day before school. For several years I served as a counselor to our Bishop. I currently serve as High Priest Group Leader for my ward. This involves organizing service and teaching opportunities for a group of older men. I also sing in our ward choir. In addition to my primary assignment, I have always served as a home teacher- a calling all men have to visit 4-6 families monthly. I have neer been paid for any of my church assignments, and feel it a blessing to serve.