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Hi I'm Dave

I live in Mesa, Az, proud father of 4 kids, love the outdoors, work in conservation, serve on a city council and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love being a Dad. I have four kids that amaze me everyday (and periodically frustrate me too). Spending time with my family in work, at play, and in service is a special time for me. I admire my wife for how much time and effort she spends to keep us feed, clothed, and getting us to where we should go each day. I have the opportunity to serve my community in a variety of ways. I serve as an elected official, a state appointed boardmember, on a variety of community boards, and work professionally for a non-profit organization that empowers local decisions and promotes conservation and good stewardship of natural resources. A special time for our family is Monday night when we try to spend time as a family. We get together most Mondays and talk about God, have some fun, cook and eat, or just hang out. It is hard to not let things encroach on this time together. I have come to belive that quality time is important, but more important is quantity time. We need to spend enough time with our children that we run out of things to say and do. After we have run out of the usual "how was your day" and "nice weather today" we begin to really communitcate with each other about what is happening in our lives.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a part LDS family. My mother joined the LDS church when I was young and baptized by my father. I was raised LDS but struggled a bit with my faith in God as a teenager. I eventually served a mission to San Diego, California. When I opened my mission call my mother said, anticipating that I would be disappointed at not going to a foreign country, "Oh, I'm sorry honey." But I realized God sent me where he wanted me, not where I wanted to go. It was two years that helped lay a foundation for the rest of my life. I still have to work hard at being a Mormon. It's not always easy and people always have questions but I live my religion each day because it makes me happy. That's really the bottom line. God wants us to be happy and because of how Christ teaches me to live, I am happy.

How I live my faith

One of the things I really like about being a Mormon is the opportunity to frequently interact with others of my faith through service. I serve in my ward in two ways, I teach middle school aged kids in Sunday School. I also help keep the financial records of my ward by counting and recording donations and paying expenses. Over the years, I have had the opportunity to help with our Boy Scout troop, which I really enjoy. My son will soon be a Boy Scout and participate in our ward sponsored troop. Our ward congregation has many great traditions, from Christmas and Halloween parties, to camping trips with all of the fathers and sons getting together. The best part is the food. We always have great food at all of our get togethers. I have to live my faith everyday. Being a Mormon is part-faith and part-lifestyle. It is not an easy religion to live. Many people view the restrictions on the consumption of alcohol, coffee, and illegal drugs as well as abstinence before marriage as to constricting. However, being free from addictions, consequences and heartache associated with the poor choices that sometimes accompany the use of these is liberating. I am free because I choose not to do these things. It comes down to what you want out of life, and what your faith is concerning what happens afer this life. Living my religion brings me happiness in this life. Living my religion gives me peace about life after this.