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Hi I'm Dave

I'm married to a wonderful wife, have 5 great kids and 9 beautiful grandbabies. I love to write and grow tomatoes. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My wife and I have 5 wonderful children. Our oldest is in Europe working in the International department for a large corporation. Three are married and have kids of their own, giving us 9 grandbabies-with one more on the way. We still have a 14 year old son at home (not sure if he is keeping me young or aging me quickly).. Our children, and now grandchildren, are the joy of our lives. I graduated with a degree in Elementary Education and taught for 5 years before getting in business. For the last 14 years I have been in the merchant services industry selling credit card processing to small businesses. I love my job as I get to build close relationships with my customers who I look to as friends. Lately in my spare time I've been writing my family history. It helps me connect to my wonderful ancestors as I hear tales of their difficult times as well as the joys in their lives. I hope to pass these heart-warming stories on to my posterity. I also love to garden...especially growing tomatoes. Last year I overdid it and ended up with about 40 tomato plants in our small back yard...so we made salsa...56 jars of it. It's going to be great.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in Iowa in a religious home. My mom was Methodist and my dad was Catholic. I always seemed to have been serious when it came to religion. I remember wanting to be an alter boy but my family couldn't afford the tuition to go to the parochial school, which was required to attend to be an alter boy. When I was 14, my family moved to Arizona, due to my dad's health problems. We were contacted by missionaries from the Church and were baptized in 1965. The Church has made a huge impact on my life. I believe it has made me a more faithful husband and a better father. Though trials and difficult times can fall upon anyone, it seems that the Church's emphasis on families and living a good moral life helped me avoid many of the pitfalls that sometimes other people find themselves in.

How I live my faith

As a Christian, I try to follow the path set by the Savior. That can be so difficult at times. There seems to be so many demands on the limited time I have. When I was younger, with small kids at home, I served in the Church with the youth. It was a busy time, but very enjoyable working with young men in their Boy Scouts and other ventures. Later, I worked in a leadership position helping individuals and families that might be facing a specific problem. Now, I teach a 10 year old class each Sunday with my wife. It is a wonderful experience to try to teach these 8 young boys and girls how they can try to follow the Savior's footsteps. It's a challenge for me to attempt to teach good principles of the Gospel in a way that a young child can understand...in a way that will make sense to them. Career, family obligations, attempting to be physically fit, trying to be a good neighbor, Church responsibilities, and personal interests all clamor for my time. The Gospel of Jesus Christ, though, helps me keep things in perspective. I have found that in life, I can't do it all, but the Gospel of Jesus Christ helps me to prioritize and order my life so the important things don't get squeezed out. I am so thankful to know that there is a loving God, who sent His Son as a Savior and Redeemer, one who we can follow and pattern our lives after.

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

Dave
The past few years, I have gotten up an hour early each day to read the scriptures on the back porch before heading off to work. I call the time "My appointment with Deity." I study from the Bible and the Book of Mormon when it is quiet and still cool before the blazing Arizona sun rises. It is really a great way to start the day before the commotion of the day sets in. It seems to help me organize and prioritize and bring peace to the day in a way that only the scriptures can. It helps me keep things in perspective. Once in a while things come up and I miss my study time and it seems, as hard as I try, I don't find the time to read later in the day. Whenever that happens, I know that I have missed something important, and I long for my "appointment" the next morning. Show more Show less