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Hi I'm David

I grew up on a farm in Wyoming and owned my own dairy herd when I was 14 years old. I'm a husband and father. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised on a small farm in Wyoming. I have 5 brothers and sisters. I love the outdoors and doing high adventure activities. I was a white water river guide for two years and love to backpack and camp with my family. When in high school I wrestled. I love sports of any kind. When I was a freshman in high school I convinced my dad to co-sign on a loan with me so I could buy a small herd of dairy cows. We already had the barn, sheds and most of the equipment from when my dad milked cows before he sold them to go back to school. I would milk them every night and morning before I went to school. The money I made from my cows is how I paid for my mission to Taichung, Taiwan when I was 19. This taught me invaluable lessons about work, responsibility, managing money and many other things. I have been married for 25 years and 6 beautiful children. There are five boys and one girl. My daughter is the second oldest and had our first granddaughter last spring. I love being a grandpa! My wife is a stay at home mom and has blessed our family so much with her love, her patience and she teaches our children so much. My family is who I am and they are why I live and work. I’m an electrical engineer and design computer chips. I’m a technical manager and enjoy working with people.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into an active Mormon family. Both of my parents went to church weekly and taught us kids the teachings of the Mormon Church. When I was younger I based my faith on my parents’ faith and testimony. My dad served a 2 ½ mission to Mexico. When he would tell stories from his mission, I wanted to be a missionary when I was 19. I never really questioned my religion. I had a loving, happy family and what I was taught made sense and felt right. When I turned 19, I submitted my mission papers. I was so excited when I received my call to serve 2 years in Taichung, Taiwan learning Mandarin Chinese. Before I left I had never been away from home for any extended time. After 4 months into my mission, the language was starting to come. The people that I was teaching didn’t even know who Christ was. This was a huge culture shock. I did some real soul searching about what I believed and why. Through sincere prayer, scripture study I received a very strong witness. I will never forget that morning as I got up from prayer and the sweetest, joyful, happy feeling of the Holy Ghost filled my body testifying of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon and the teachings of the LDS Church. As I continue to live my life and raise my family trying to follow the teachings of Christ, I find so much joy and happiness. As I serve in my church callings I’m blessed with a peace and my understanding of the scriptures continues to grow. I’m so thankful for the blessing of modern day revelations and that I have a living prophet of God that I can follow and help raise my family with. I know that Joseph Smith saw God the Father and His son Jesus Christ and that Joseph translated the gold plates. As I and my family read and study the Book of Mormon I know that it true and is the word of God. I’m so thankful that I don’t have to just rely on the words of others but I can pray and ask God myself and I’m promised that he will answer my sincere prayers as found in Moroni 10:3-5.

How I live my faith

My family is extremely important to me. They are the reason that I do most of what I do. I believe that it is a sacred calling and responsibility to be a husband and father. I want to be the very best that I can be and living the teaching of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints helps me do this is so many ways. As I learn about my Savior Jesus Christ and try to pattern my life after His I’m a much better husband and father. I’m more patient, caring, forgiving just to name a few traits that I’m working on. A big part of my faith and practicing my religion is enjoying and being in the great outdoors that Heavenly Father and Jesus created for us. In the Old Testament whenever the prophets wanted to talk with God they went up into the mountain tops. Deut 4:11 is one example of when Moses went into the mountains to talk with God. I love to hike, backpack and go camping. When I’m sitting on top of a high mountain that I have worked so hard to reach, I feel very close to my Heavenly Father and I love the time that I have to get away from the day to day pressures and distractions. I’m able to step back and sort out my priorities and receive inspiration and guidance from my Heavenly Father. Also I always have members of my family with me. I took my oldest four kids with me when I climbed the Grand Tetons. My daughter went with me and she learned that she can do anything that she sets her mind to. A couple years later when we dropped her off at college and she had tears streaming down her face because she was overwhelmed with all the uncertainty that lay ahead in going to college and being away from home for the first time she said “I will be just fine and I can do this! I have climbed the Grand Tetons!” These family high adventure trips have been a huge blessing as I have raised my family. We have forged strong bonds as we have met these high adventures together that have kept the communication lines open as they go through their teenage years.