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Hi I'm David

I was born and raised in Show Low, AZ. I'm a husband, father, school teacher, baseball coach, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Having been born and raised in a small town, I enjoy a variety of outdoor activities including sports, motor cycling, camping, hiking, fishing, etc. Even though I'm from a small town, I got a taste of big city life by serving a mission in Chicago, Illinois - what an awesome place, I loved it there. When I returned home from missionary service, I married my high school sweetheart and we are happily married today with four wonderful children who have grown up right before our eyes. We enjoy spending time together as a family by playing ball together, eating together (when we can), taking small trips, and spending time outdoors. I have enjoyed being a teacher and a coach and though I don't make a lot of money, I have had the opportunity to watch many youth grow and develop into amazing, talented, and responsible individuals. I also enjoy spending time working with wood. I have had a side business of making cabinets, small furniture, and doing trim-work for about 20 years now. I enjoy life and the challenges it presents, It's a great experience to learn and grow as an individual and to learn and grow with my family as well.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the LDS faith. I was fortunate to grow up in a strong family with good values and work ethic. Even still, there comes a time when you have to know for yourself if the things you've been taught throuhout your life are what you really know to be true principles. There were many times throughout my life when I had witnesses of the truthfulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ, however, there was a special time while I was serving a mission in a town called Wheaton, Illinois that I had an extremely peaceful feeling telling me that what I was telling others about the Prophet Joseph Smith and the restored gospel of Jesus Christ was indeed true and that Joseph Smith did see God, the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. I also know that the Book of Mormon was translated by the Prophet Joseph and that the people spoken of in the Book of Mormon are the "other sheep" of whom Jesus Christ spoke of in the New Testament. I know this by the same calm, peaceful, feeling that the spirit of the Holy Ghost brings. There is a promise in the Book of Mormon that is given to all that "they may know the truth of all things by the power of the Holy Ghost" if they will "read these things and ponder them in their hearts" (Moroni 3:3-5). What an amazing promise! Individuals don't have to take anyone's word for truth, but they may know directly from God Himself through the power of the Holy Ghost whether or not something is true. God loves each and every person enough to lead them to truth and ultimately back to him through the Savior Jesus Christ. I am thankful for this knowledge and the strength that it has been to me throuhout my life. In a nutshell, thats basically why I'm a mormon, I believe that it's the way that will lead me and my family back to our Father in Heaven.

How I live my faith

I have enjoyed serving in the church in a variety of responsibilies throughout my life including; teaching and working with scouts and youth, visiting family and friends, speaking about a variety of subjects in meetings, helping out with service projects, and so forth. I am currently serving as a Bishop in the church, which is a leadership position in a local ward. Choosing to live the gospel of Jesus Christ is a commitment to a lifestyle. You are basically saying "I want to live as closely as I can to the teachings of the Savior Jesus Christ, because I believe in Him and I trust that what he taught will help me get more from life and ultimately back to my heavenly home". Though I fall short in living the gospel fully, it's about knowing that I'm involved in a process of growing closer to God on a daily basis. Trying to follow the Savior is not the easiest thing in the world to do, but when you do, you know that He fulfills His promise of making our burdens lighter. Life gets a little busy and serving others is not always the easiest thing to do, but it is certainly rewarding - to me, that is what life is really all about, helping others and being cared about by others, because we're all in this together.