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Hi I'm Dave

I grew up on a dairy in Utah. I work for the United States Potato Board. I write for farm magazines about potatoes. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

The United States Potato Board is the potato marketing organization for the US potato industry. Growers from each US production region directly fund this entity, administered by the United States Department of Agriculture. We develop international and domestic marketing programs to increase the demand for potatoes and potato products. Potatoes are America's favorite vegetable. They are packed with nutrition. A medium-sized potato has only 110 calories, no fat and is full of vitamins and minerals. I am a dad. I have two daughters and a son. I enjoy spending time in the outdoors with my family. We camp, hike, fish and ride bikes, ATVs and horses. We also enjoy firearms and shooting sports. With my son, I'm involved with the Boy Scouts. We love living in the Rocky Mountains and traveling for recreation and exploring.

Why I am a Mormon

As Mormons, studying family history, our heritage and ancestry is an important pusuit. Six generations ago, my ancestors met some of the original Mormon missionaries, heard messages of the restored gospel and plan of happiness and were converted. They were part of the first pioneer treks across North America to eventually settle and colonize in places like Utah, California and Arizona. I honor, cherish and respect my ancestor's struggles. I've gained much by learning about their lives and examples. With this background; however, this does not mean my decision to live as a Mormon was easy or automatic. One can't live on light borrowed from other people's lamps. I've had to read, learn, study and pray for myself. In the doing, is the learning and the becoming. I've been lead by the comforter, the Holy Spirit promised by Jesus Christ, the Savior of all mankind. I was a missionary in Japan from 1990-1992. I saw and learned much from this beautiful people and their wonderful culture as I taught the gospel and witnessed to them. I watched lives change in people whose beliefs and concept of God and salvation were different from mine. I learned from them, and have profound respect for what it means for people of diverse religous and cultural backgrounds who ponder, meditate to consider new and different teachings and information. Joseph Smith is the prophet of the gospel restoration. He translated the Book of Mormon, another Testament of Jesus Christ. The Bible, The Book of Mormon, all scripture was written for our benefit and for our study and enlightenment. God is our loving Heavenly Father. Jesus Christ, his only begotten son, is the Savior of all mankind. When he lived on earth, he established his church founded on prophets and apostles. In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we are led by modern day prophets and apostles.

How I live my faith

First of all, I am a friend and a neighbor. I serve in my congregation in a leadership capacity. On occasion, I teach lessons to adults and youth. I also visit fellow church members and teach gospel centered lessons. I also participate with family moves and disaster response. I volunteer to help on special community projects like the recent Colorado Cares Day when I participated in painting a barn and sheds at the Delaney Farm in Aurora, CO. I am also an assistant scoutmaster, teaching boys the skills and timeless values instilled by the Boy Scouts of America. There are many ways to serve, share and give. I've had great and wonderful friendships and associations with my fellow congregation members. I've learned and benefited from their many talents and abilities.