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Hi I'm Dave

I'm a Washington native, small business owner, and Mormon. I was baptized in 1999, after 3 years ignoring the message.

About Me

I'm a husband, father, grandfather, skier, gardener and golfer. After many years in banking, and a few stints in other fields, I now own a small auto repair business. My wife and I are "empty nesters" who enjoy a lot of activities together. We even met (long ago) on a bike ride 2,500 miles away from home. We've been together ever since. I don't come from an LDS family, and my siblings still do not share my faith. That has been inconvenient at times, but we work it out and remain close. I thought it would be difficult giving up the trappings of "normal" life, but everything I've done to draw closer to God has been rewarded with wonderful blessings. When I look back, I don't think anything I've "given up" has been a sacrifice at all.

Why I am a Mormon

Growing up, my family wasn't very religious. We occasionally attended Presbyterian services, and I participated in their youth group as a teen. I slipped away in High School, and had an unreconciled relationship with God for many years. I walled off those feelings so I could live how I wanted to. My first marriage failed. I later married a woman who was raised Mormon. We'd been married 7 years when I realized I should at least learn about her church - it was important to her. I spent 2 years talking to missionaries and members, going to activities, reading the Book of Mormon, and attending church. I prayed frequently for the promised confirmation that this was the true church. I never had that moment. Or at least I didn't think I had. I was very intimidated by the level of commitment required, and I feared the loss of long-time relationships with friends whom I doubted would ever understand. But throughout my investigation everything I learned made perfect sense. It occurred to me, probably through inspiration, that I had already received my witness of the truth, but that my fears were holding me back. How often will God answer the same question? Having reached this conclusion, I was baptized a short time later. My life was not perfect before I was baptized, and it's not perfect now. Like everyone, I have challenges every day. But I can see God's hand so clearly in my life and in the lives of others. I'm a Mormon because the Holy Ghost has testified in my heart that this is Christ's Church.

How I live my faith

Like all active members, I have a "calling" of assigned duties. I currently teach adult Sunday School. I've worked a great deal with the youth - as a counselor, scout leader, seminary teacher, or activity coordinator. I have a few families that I look after and teach. And I do volunteer work at the Temple, assisting other patrons. It takes a fair amount of time, but it is all in service to Christ. When you know that this is what he would have me do, it's not such a big thing. I live my faith by standing up for what is true and right in my personal and professional lives. My faith is not a secret, and my standards are in full view. And I live my faith by giving thanks to Heavenly Father for the wonderful blessings he has given me and my family. Thanks for the restoration of the gospel, for prophets, for the priesthood, for the plan of salvation. And my greatest thanks for the gift and promise of the Atonement.