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Hi I'm David

I am a husband and a father. I am a Spanish professor. And, I am a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in northern California, where I loved to play sports, help my dad in the garden, and pass the summer days at the creek by my house. After high school, I went to college and then was called on a mission to Chile, where I taught the gospel of Jesus Christ and made life-long friendships. Upon returning to the United States, I continued my studies and met my wife and best friend. After getting married, we studied in the Dominican Republic for a semester. (Together we have also been to Chile, Cuba, Haiti, Italy, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Spain.) I planned to go to law school the next semester, but realized my life needed to move in another direction. Instead of studying law, I completed a double major in English and Spanish. My wife and I wanted to start a family, but after years of trying, we wondered if we would receive that blessing. Moving forward, we both completed MAs in Spanish. Toward the end of the program, we decided to adopt, and a few weeks later a very special woman chose us to be the parents of her unborn child. A few months after that, we learned that my wife was also pregnant. Our first two little miracles are only five months apart and we have since welcomed two more children into our home with another on the way. I completed a PhD in Hispanic Literature and now teach Spanish at a small state college. I enjoy reading, gardening, and wrestling with my little guys in the backyard. We have been so blessed and I look forward to the adventures yet to come!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a family that was active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I grew up in a home where faith in the Savior was discussed openly and daily scripture study and prayer were the norm. When I left home for college, only a few friends knew my background, and I realized that it was time for me to decide who I wanted to be. I prayed a lot during that year and felt that God had answered my prayers on numerous occasions. More than this, I started to recognize His hand guiding me in the service of others. Simple thoughts would come into my mind—such as calling a friend or visiting a family member—and as I acted on those feelings, I began to establish my own personal relationship with God and His Son. As a missionary in Chile, I continued this pattern of prayer and action, and I began to see miracles in the lives of others. I saw the Gospel of Jesus Christ heal broken hearts and unite families. Through it all, I also began to change. Acting in the name of the Master has helped me to become more like Him. Because I am imperfect, I depend upon Christ's grace, and it sustains me daily. I know that this is the true Church of Jesus Christ because through it I have come to know Him personally. That relationship means everything to me and I am truly happy as a member of His Church.

How I live my faith

My faith is my life. I do not mean to say that I spend all my hours in the Church, but rather that I find that Sunday's teachings can be applied to everyday situations. My efforts to follow Christ help me to be a more diligent employee, a more faithful friend, and a more devoted husband and father. In the Church, we also receive "callings," which are assignments to serve others both within the Church and throughout the community. Besides spending two years as a missionary in Chile, I have also had the blessing of working with numerous youth groups, helping individuals in need of temporal assistance, and teaching the Gospel in various settings. Currently, I teach weekly Old Testament classes on Wednesday nights. Most of the students are Latter-day Saints, but many are not, and I love to see how our common faith in Jesus Christ unites us. Throughout my life, I have had many teaching assignments, but the most important one will always be within the walls of my own home. As a father of four (with a fifth on the way), I am concerned with my children's future in a world that is steadily drifting away from Gospel standards. My wife and I live our faith by teaching our children that Jesus is the Christ and that He is a real part of our lives. We try to teach by example, but we also dedicate every Monday night to family time, where we enjoy one another's company and share gospel truths. We also like to watch scripture videos that the Church produces and discuss the principles taught in them. Every morning and night we kneel together for family prayer. With four children, ages five and under, we are not always the most reverent bunch, but we live our faith by establishing patterns that we hope will continue for generations to come. I have had the blessing of sharing my beliefs with people around the world, but, in the end, my faith is based in a personal relationship with my Savior that inspires me to live more like Him each day.