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Hi I'm Dave

I'm originally from Minnesota. I'm a small businessman who runs an Internet marketing company, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am married with a number of children and grandchildren. My family is a central part of my life. I have been through some difficult family experiences - both my wife and I were married before and divorced. But it's interesting that while my divorce was extremely difficult, while I was going through it I felt closer to my Savior than at any time in my life - I felt that He was comforting and guiding me. So it was a bitter and yet a sweet time. I have five children and my wife has six. And together we have seventeen grandchildren so far. And while I have had much success in my life, starting three businesses, working with colleagues all over the country, publishing significant research, and being mentioned in Who's Who, as I enter my senior years, the accomplishments that bring me the most joy all have to do with my family.

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the LDS Church as a junior in high school. I had signed a referral card at the Mormon Pavilion at New York World's Fair the summer of 1964, and in the fall was taught by the missionaries and was baptized. Everything they taught me made sense, but the overriding feeling that brought me into the Church was a desire to be good. I didn't feel like I was a good person at the time, and I sensed that by joining, I could learn how to be good. After graduation, I attended Brigham Young University, again to help me learn how to be a better person. I then served a mission in Spain. I continue to find great fulfillment in my faith. I feel that I can connect with God daily through prayer and scripture reading, and I have a firm testimony in the gospel and that the LDS Church is led by a prophet of God.

How I live my faith

I have served in many capacities in the Church. I have had leadership responsibilities, taught in a number of capacities, served in various missionary responsibilities, and in various clerk and secretary positions. The calling I enjoyed the most was working with public affairs where I worked in interfaith organizations on behalf of the LDS Church, and helped coordinate community service projects. Right now I serve as the organist for our congregation. I was surprised to be asked to do that, and while I have enjoyed playing hymns on the piano for years, I have never had any formal organ training and only two years of piano lessons when I was a boy. I enjoy the chance to stretch myself and as I continue to practice I feel that every month I get a little better at it. I also try to serve in my community. I currently serve on the board of my local homeowners association, trying to put a friendly face on the homeowners association for my neighbors. I coordinate the social activities for the association.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

We believe in salvation by the grace of our Savior Jesus Christ. But we do not believe in a grace that covers or excuses our sins, rather in a grace that forgives our sins when we sincerely repent and gives us strength to overcome them. I like to think of it as the difference between being saved in our sins versus being saved from our sins. Christ does not save us in our sins, but His grace saves us from our sins, and He does that in two ways. First, He cleanses us from sin when we repent, and second, He helps strengthen us against the power of sin. Show more Show less