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Hi I'm Dave Irving

I’m a fisheries biologist, a fly fisher, and I’m a Mormon.

About Me

I’m a husband, father, and grandfather. I enjoy spending time with my family, working around the house, and doing outdoors activities - like hiking, biking, fly tying and fly fishing. I’ve been a Mormon all my life. My ancestors came to America by ship from England and Scotland back in the mid-1800s. They traveled by covered wagon to the west and helped settle Utah and Idaho. I’ve been involved in community service for over 30 years. I’ve worked with others to plan and carry out community breakfasts, parades, highway cleanups, and humanitarian activities throughout the world. I've also been a Boy Scout leader and helped young men earn merit badges, complete Eagle Scout projects, and receive their Eagle Scout rank. I'm also a professional fisheries biologist and have worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, and a west coast based Environmental Consulting firm for over 30 years. I have college degrees in wildlife science and fisheries resources from Utah State University and the University of Idaho. I have worked in Idaho, Oregon, Alaska, Utah, Washington, Hawaii, and Washington, D.C. I enjoy my work and have always tried to do good things for fish, wildlife and habitat resources. Basically, my values of faith, family, community involvement, and hard work are very important to me, and I try to stay true to these values all the time.

Why I am a Mormon

I gained my testimony that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was the Savior’s true Church while serving as a missionary in Michigan. During my mission I had the responsibility of teaching people about the Savior, His Church, and the Bible and Book of Mormon. This required me to spend a lot of time studying and praying to know what I taught was true. After much prayer and fasting the Holy Spirit told me that these things were true, especially that the Book of Mormon was the word of God. Once I knew that the Book of Mormon was true I was able to accept that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, that he restored the Savior’s Church on the earth, that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is that church, and that there’s a living prophet on the earth today. This knowledge has given me purpose and direction in life. It brings me and my family great blessings of peace and joy and happiness. And it helps me know that as I follow the Savior and try to be like Him, I can live with Him and Heavenly Father someday.

How I live my faith

I live my religion by contributing to my community in a positive way, striving to be a good person, and by providing service to other people. I’ve found that when I do this I’m happy.