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Hi I'm Dave

An IT professional at the University of Washington Medicine, a restorer of antique furniture, a life-long student, and a Mormon.

About Me

I started refinishing furntiure as a youth, and have continued to restore and collect antique furniture through the years. When my wife and I were first married, we refurbished old furniture for our humble home. We struggled through ten challenging years of working, going to school, and raising our family. We've been blessed with six wonderful children, who are by far, our greatest treasures. I've enjoyed working with my boys, teaching them to love God, do their chores, excel in school, do their best and what's right. We've encouraged our girls to follow their mother's example of academic acheivement, developing their talents, caring for family and others. Our sons and our daughters have exceeded our expectations despite our shortcommings. Some years ago, I started working in Information Technology in "Silicon Valley", always striving to find ways to make technology benefit people. I now have the privilege of working for a major university knowing my contribution in IT can help people to help patients. Over the years I've learned wood working and recently finished a sewing cabinet for my wife, enabling her to sew quilts for our grand children and those in need. This has brought her enjoyment while I've returned to school to pursue a post graduate degree. It's unusual for someone at my age to take such a step, but I feel a prompting from heaven to do this. I've felt the guiding influence of heaven throughout my life, and again feel His kind hands direct me in this endeavor.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Latter-day Saint or "Mormon" by choice. Though I was raised by faithful Latter-day Saint parents, I felt it important to learn for myself whether the things I was taught in my youth were true. In my last year of high school, I decided to more thoroughly read, study, ponder, and pray about the Book of Mormon. When I read the passage at the end of that book inviting me to ask God if it is true, I did, holding nothing back, putting everything before the Lord, to follow what he'd want me to do where ever that led. I received an answer that I could understand, and knew it was true, and that the answer did not come from me. From that day to this, believing as I do is an easy choice. I am learning to apply my faith and have received the blessing of answers to my prayers almost daily. Answers that are more than mere coincidence, or chance. It seems so many in the world are groping in the darkness of doubt, speaking in derision, knowing some apocalyptic event is coming and hoping science will make the difference, or save us. Like others in other faiths, I have found that belief in a Heavenly Father and His son, plus simple acts of faith and kindness bring greater peace and that following their plan of happiness really does bring true joy and fulfillment. I see it in my life, the lives of my children, and many around me. It is not always a simple thing to choose to believe, and then act from that belief, but it is always worth it.

How I live my faith

I have had the blessing of being a full-time missionary, and was called to a similar mission as my father was nearly forty years before. I've had the opportunity of working in one congregation as a bishop and learned to listen and follow the gentle promptings of that "still, small voice" attempting to help others learn of the power, and love of their Savior. I've had opportunities as a youth leader, or as the president of a quorum of men to try to provide some benefit to its members, the community and those around us. At present, my wife and I work with young children, who are the ages of some our own grandchildren. They are amazing, smart, funny, and genuine. It is a great blessing to be able to follow the example of Jesus Christ in loving, and teaching them. It's just like we have the opportunity to be other grandparents to them. In fact, we call them "our kids". My wife and I enjoy singing in our local ward choir, and though we're by no means talented singers, we enjoy the power and influence of the spirit of the Lord as we lift our voices in song. We find that we more strongly feel the spirit of Christmas and Easter as we share the songs of those seasons with others. At school, I've had the opportunity of working with students considerably younger than myself. It is interesting how intelligent and amiable they are. At the same time it's a bit disconcerting to see an incliniation to underplay the significance of integrity and ethics in business. I just try to teach them what I've always taught the youth of the church. They seem to listen without ridicule. I just hope I'm having a positive influence on them. Some day my wife and I hope to be missionaries, working together as chosen companions to bring the message of happiness to others, by sharing our time, talents, experiences and testimonies others.