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Hi I'm Dave

I'm a husband, a father, a software engineer, an author, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon). As a Software Engineer and Author, I write SDK documentation, books, computer games, and other types of computer programs. Although I like my job, what's really important in my life is my family. My wife and I have been married for nearly 30 years, and each new day is another day I get to see and enjoy being together with her. After having four fantastic biological children, we decided that we still have more to give as parents and that there are a lot of children out there that need homes. As a result of many miracles, we were able to adopt a beautiful 11-year-old daughter from central Asia. We're hopefully going back this year for a son. Being an adoptive parent has taught me, in so many different ways, that God watches over and cares for all of His children. I probably can't change the entire world for the better. But I've learned that through God's help and guidance, I can make the world better for a few children who otherwise would not have families. Everything that I consider an accomplishment in life has come to me through the love of the Savior and by His grace.

Why I am a Mormon

My family and I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when I was 11. We were passing through difficult times and would not have continued as a family if we had not discovered the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It was by His grace that we were rescued from personal disaster. Through my life, I've read and studied the major writings of most religions. I started reading the Bible on my own at age 10, and have loved it since that time. Since joining the Church, I've also continuously read the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price, which, in addition to the Bible, are the canonized scriptures of the Church. Through my regular scripture study and prayer, I've come to understand that God lives. He has a plan for our happiness. He sent His Son to atone for our sins. He sent prophets, both in ancient and modern times, to reveal His plan to His children. God speaks in many ways to those who seek truth and will listen to His answers with an open mind. There was a time in my life when I never would have even considered adopting children. It just never occurred to me. But the Lord made it clear that this was what He wanted me to do. Following His will for my life has blessed me with many miracles. I know it can do the same for anyone who diligently seeks Him.

How I live my faith

It's the simple things in life that are often the most important. Studying the scriptures, individually and as a family, helps me keep proper perspective in life and helps keep our family together. Simple things like praying together, playing together, and working together helps us and our children share in God's love and peace. We struggle like any family. It's not easy to raise kids in today's world. We have setbacks (Example: my daughter just crashed a new car. Result: Daughter walked away without a scratch; car totaled; parents grateful for God's protection of daughter). But the Gospel of Jesus Christ tells us that we can be together as a family in God's Kingdom long after this life is over. That knowledge, given through prophets ancient and modern, enables us to face the challenges of life in unity and have peace in troubled times. I'm not anybody important in the Church, I just help as a local clerk with keeping membership records. But I know through the gifts of the Spirit and through my life's experiences that God lives, that Jesus is the Savior and Redeemer of us all, that Joseph Smith was a real prophet in modern times, and that prophets and apostles continue to guide this Church through His will.

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

Dave
We believe that Jesus Christ was the son of God, that He established His church while on this earth, and that He gave His life as a sacrifice for our sins. Through his atonement and subsequent resurrection, we all can return to God's kingdom as families. All of our other doctrines, practices, and beliefs can be said to be appendages to our core doctrine of Christ, his atonement, and resurrection. I personally can witness that we can establish a personal relationship with Christ through living His commandments, reading the scriptures, and through daily prayer. Show more Show less

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Dave
Baptism is essential for salvation because we all have sins (1 John 1:8). Through faith, repentance, and baptism, we receive forgiveness of our sins (Mark 1:4). Faith, repentance, and baptism are essential for salvation (Mark 16:16). When we are baptized and receive forgiveness for our sins, we enter into a state of grace. If we could continue in that grace, we would have no problems. But humans can fall from grace through sin (Heb 12:15, 1 Cor 10:12, Gal 5:4, Heb 6:4, 2 Pet 3:17-18, 2 Pet 2:20). In fact, this is so typically human that the apostle Paul worried that he might fall from grace (1 Cor 9:27). Knowing that we are prone to sin, our loving Heavenly Father provided us with repentance. It is through daily repentance that we stay in a state of grace. Christ instituted the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper, often just called the Sacrament, to provide us a way to repent, renew our baptismal covenants, receive forgiveness, and return to a state of grace. Thus daily repentance is essential even after we have received baptism. Christ taught that is is not those who have repented that are justified before God, it is those who are repenting (Luke 18:9-14). Therefore, even if we do not completely rid ourselves of all of our sins while in this life, we are saved in His kingdom as long as we are continually repenting to the best of our abilities so that His grace remains upon us. Show more Show less

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

Dave
God's plan is the same for everyone. It is big enough to include us all. Its requirements are the same for us all. Same-gender attraction is not a sin. Likewise, being attracted to someone of the opposite gender is also not a sin. Attraction that becomes lust is a sin (Matt 5:28). This applies to all of God's children. Sex outside of marriage contradicts God's plan and is detrimental to our happiness. Marriage, according to God's plan, is not just a social contract that is intended to satisfy the immediate needs of those involved. Its purposes are broader than that. God's view of marriage is that it is eternal. It not only satisfies our immediate needs, it qualifies us for exaltation in His kingdom. In addition, marriage enables God's children to come into this world and participate in His plan of happiness. Same-sex marriage does not fulfill this plan. Many people in this life are not able to attain a marriage relationship between a man and a woman. There are a lot of reasons for this, and same-gender attraction may be one of them. God clearly requires us all to keep ourselves chaste (Exodus 20:14). In this life we have many inclinations and impulses that put us at odds with God. Same-gender attraction will not continue after this life. All who keep God's laws will be exalted and receive an opportunity to enter a marriage relationship before they receive exaltation, if they so choose. God wants us to treat everyone with respect. Hate is against God's plan. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Dave
It's like being happy - plain and simple. Even though I have struggles and difficulties in my life, my faith in Christ and His teachings see me through everything. They give me the strength to rise above difficult times. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Dave
Faith is a hope or belief that leads to an action, which in turns leads to a witness from God. The witness then strengthens our hope or belief so that we can take greater action. To understand the things of God, we must start by believing or hoping that they might be true (Hebrews 11:1) . Next, we must take action. This usually involves repentance. Without action there is no faith, only hope and belief (James 2:17-26, Mattew 7:21-29). Those who take action receive a witness that the principles they are living are true (John 7:16-17). With a greater knowledge of truth, we are able to try and live more of God's plan of happiness. This leads to a greater witness, and so on. So faith is a cycle that leads us to a perfect knowledge of truth (Proverbs 4:18). This definition focuses on the process or cycle of faith. Another way to say the same thing is that faith is a sure knowledge that God keeps all of His promises. This second definition focuses on the result of the cycle of faith, but it is essentially saying the same thing. Show more Show less

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Dave
To increase our faith in Jesus Christ we must act on his teachings. For instance, Jesus taught people to repent. If we do as Jesus directed and repent, then we will know our sins are forgiven by the power of the Holy Ghost. We will see our lives become better. This acts as a witness to us that Christ's teachings are true and that His Atonement is real. The more times we do this, the more we believe the teachings of Jesus and the more faith we have in him. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Dave
When we repent and are baptized as Jesus and his Apostles commanded (Mark 16:15-16, Matt 28:18-20, Acts 2:38) our sins are forgiven. Forgiveness of sins is a free gift that Christ gives us through his Atonement. We do not earn this gift by anything we do; repentance and baptism simply qualify us for forgiveness, which is given by God's grace. After we have received forgiveness of sins, we are said to be in a state of grace. It is by His grace that we are saved, not by the works that we do. (Eph 2:8-9). This does not imply that we can do nothing and receive salvation. Passive belief alone does not qualify us for his grace. That is because we are saved by grace THROUGH FAITH. What is faith? Faith is a belief (Heb 11:1) that leads to action (Matt 7:21). The action leads to a witness of the truth through the Holy Ghost (John 7:16-17). That, in turn, enables us to take greater action which leads to a greater belief. Faith is a cycle that includes belief, action, and a witness. If any part of this cycle is missing, we do not have faith. Therefore, we are not in a state of grace. Anyone can fall from grace (Heb 12:15, 1 Cor 9:27, Heb 10:26) by simply not acting on their beliefs. This is why faith without works is dead (James 2:17-20). To repeat, we are not saved by our works. Works simply keep our faith alive. Works are necessary for our faith, and faith qualifies us for grace. It is by grace through the Atonement that are actually saved. Show more Show less

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Dave
These days, most religions are branded a cult by someone. I recently read an article in which the commentator was trying to assert that the Catholic church is a cult. Obviously that is not the case. Our beliefs contain very significant differences with other Christian churches. They also contain very significant similarities. In my opinion, we have more in common with our friends and neighbors from other Christian churches than we have differences. I am not a member of a cult. I believe in the living God, our Eternal Father. I believe that Jesus was his divine Son and the Savior of us all. I testify that Christ established his Church anciently and that, after a long period of apostasy, that Church was restored on this earth through modern prophets. I know that my witness of Christ is different than that of other Christians, but I respectfully stand by it nonetheless. In addition, I am glad to stand together with anyone who will witness that Jesus the Christ is the Savior of the world. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Dave
Most people who have lived on this earth have not had the chance to hear or know about Jesus Christ. We can only achieve salvation by knowing Christ (John 17:3). We do not believe that people who had no opportunity to know Christ are cast out of the Kingdom of God for something they could not control. There is a time between death and resurrection where people wait for judgement and resurrection. Christ, when He was on the cross, promised one of the thieves He was crucified with that he would be with Him in Paradise (Luke 23:43). But Paradise is not the kingdom of God. When Christ was first seen after His resurrection, He told Mary that He had not yet ascended to God. (John 20:17). During this time between death and resurrection, everyone will have a chance to hear about, accept, and know Christ. Like the living, the dead need ordinances such as baptism (John 3:5). By using a living person as a proxy, we perform baptism for the dead in our temples so that they have the same opportunity for salvation that we do. Thus, by knowing Christ and accepting a proxy baptism, everyone can have a chance to be exalted. Our core believes include freedom of choice, so we do not believe that this is a forced conversion. We cannot force our beliefs on anyone. Rather, it offers people the chance to accept a baptism if they want to. It is a gift that we extend to those who have passed on if they choose to receive it. It depends entirely on their free will. Show more Show less