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Hi I'm David

I grew up in Everett, Washington. I served a mission in Europe. I'm married with 6 children. I'm a doctor and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

There are so many things I love in life. I love spending time with my wife who's also my best friend. I love hiking, skiing and mountain climbing and am thrilled to be sharing that love with my children as they grow up because it brings me closer to God. Living in Washington, with the mountains less than an hour away, I find great peace as I wander in nature. Sometimes it's a summit with a spectacular view but often it's simply being in nature and seeing, hearing and smelling the beauty around me. It's amazing how many different shades of green there are. One word but innumerable variations that must be witnessed to be appreciated. I love playing soccer (although my knees are starting to disagree with that) and have continued to play even into my 40's. I love to eat good food and am blessed to have amazing chefs in the family to make so many memories by the meals we get to share. I love how tastes and smells can evoke such powerful memories, like my Grandma's Swedish meatballs that we traditionally have at Christmas. She's been dead for 10 years yet I can see and hear her when my Mom now makes them. I'm also a talker and love to have conversations with people about what interests them. Like my Dad, I'm a curious extrovert and enjoy spending time with people so I'm often the last to leave the party. Being a family practice doctor allows me the opportunity to talk to many people a day and I count it a great blessing and privilige to be invited into their lives.

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the church when I was 2 weeks shy of my 15th birthday. My Mom had been a member but hadn't been attending regularly when I was young. The reason I joined initially was the influence of the youth around me. They had integrity and were the same in all areas of their lives. In high school, it's hard to be yourself when you're trying so hard to fit in, but these people were the same at church as they were at school, the dance or with grown ups. It felt safe and easy to be around them and although I didn't know why exactly, I knew I wanted to be like them. I've come to see It was about accountability. As a father myself now, I realize that I don't have all the answers (like I supposed all parents did when I was young) and if my children know that I, too, am accountable to God to try and live by His commandments, they see that we're working for the same goal; I'm just a little further down the road than they are. That's probably the greatest thing about the gospel in my opinion, the promise and hope to keep progressing. I know that I want my earthly children to develop to their full potential and have everything that I have (or even more if possible) so it makes sense that God would want us to be like Him. Therefore, the commandments and structure of the church provide me the best way to refine and perfect myself. Of course, I fail all the time and that's the most beautiful thing about God's love: the atonement of Jesus Christ. Through Christ, I can have hope that my mistakes aren't permanent, that if I keep trying, He'll help me change my character to become a better person. Even if that takes more than this lifetime. As a father, I want to forgive my children when they are sorry and ask forgiveness and I see the parallel with Heavenly Father and His plan to give us families to teach us how to forgive and repent. I'm a Mormon because it appeals to both my heart and my head. It makes sense to my mind but also touches my soul and livens my faith.

How I live my faith

First and foremost, I try to keep the commandments. The original 10 are a good start but I love that Heavenly Father has continued to give us guidance and direction through modern prophets and apostles because there are so many new challenges in life that didn't even exist when I was a kid. Whenever I read the paper, I see examples of people who tried to find happiness in doing what's wrong with disastrous results and I realize that if I choose to follow God, I'll be happier in the long run. I try to have integrity and be the same person everywhere I am. My speech, conduct and attitude should reflect the fact that I believe in God and try to honor Him, however, I try to avoid forcing my beliefs on those who feel otherwise. I'm currently serving as a bishop (which is the pastor of a congregation) and it's been one of the hardest experiences of my life because every day, I'm intimately aware of people's struggles to live good lives and overcome such adversities as pornography, substance abuse, infidelity or bankruptcy. I love these people so it's real to me. I use the scriptures and gospel principles to help them see how God can strengthen them even if He doesn't make the challenge go away immediately. Conversion is not an event but a process that requires great faith and endurance. Another way I try to live my faith is by being joyful. The Gospel means "good news" so I try to focus on all the blessings in my life. Service is a great way to put problems in perspective too. Jesus taught that to lose our lives in the service of others is a way to "save" our lives, or to give them the greatest purpose or meaning; whereas if we try to keep our lives all to ourselves, we can get caught up in all the things we don't have or don't like about ourselves and our view becomes self-centered. Mother Teresa so clearly exemplifies someone who gave her entire life in service to God and I can't remember a single picture of her without a smile on her face. What an example!