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Hi I'm David

I'm a husband, a father, an ASU Sun Devil, a medical student and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I would consider myself a pretty normal person. I love sports, reading, relaxing and, above all, spending time with my beautiful wife and baby. I have always been very close to my family. My parents divorced when I was 9 but my mom later remarried to a wonderful man. I like to say that if there is such thing as a perfect divorce, my family had one. My parents are still very close and always let my brother and I know we were loved. My step father recently died of mesothelioma, 19 days before the birth of my daughter. While this was very hard, I am glad that I will be able to see him again. I have recently started medical school and am looking forward to becoming an Emergency Medicine physician (in about 7 years). In high school I loved playing sports and participated in football, basketball and track. I was fortunate enough to go to college on a track scholarship as a decathlete. In college I studied global health, which helped develop my love for medicine and for helping those less fortunate than me. I love reading books, especially books about medicine ( as my wife and Kindle will attest). My wife and I are big fans of "The Office" and we also love to be outdoors. I always try to be nice to others and help out whenever I can.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a convert of the church and was baptized when I was 12. I was raised in the Methodist church and enjoyed it a lot. Some of my closest friends were from my time there. My mother and step-father were both baptized when they were teenagers but stopped going to church after high school. The church had actually lost contact with both my mom and step-dad until my step-sister (who is not a Mormon) gave the missionaries at Temple Square our address when she was visiting with my step-dad. Our local ward assigned us a home teacher to see how we were doing and it turned out our home teacher was already acquainted with my step-dad and they really hit it off. My parents began taking us to church and we were baptized six month later. As I started to read the Book of Mormon I began to see how much Heavenly Father loves all His children and how much He wants to help us. I learned that He is aware of my needs and struggles and has prepared a way for me to return to live with Him. One of the things that drew me to the church was its belief in eternal families. When I married my wife, I can remember thinking that "till death do us part" was not long enough. I wanted to be with her forever, because heaven would not be heaven without her. This knowledge has also helped me cope with the death of my step-father, who died only three months after learning he had cancer. Even though he was taken from us so suddenly, I am comforted to know I will see him again. I was also attracted to the church for its emphasis on learning for yourself if it is true. We are taught to ask the Lord if what we learn is true, with the knowledge that he will answer us if we ask him in faith. I have asked my Heavenly Father if this is the true church of Jesus Christ and received an answer that it is. I know the Lord will answer anyone who asks him in faith.

How I live my faith

I believe that faith is an action word and not merely a statement of belief. True faith will encourage you to go out and help other people, whether it be community service, missions, prayer or merely helping open the door for another. Faith is seven days a week 365 days a year commitment with my Heavenly Father to do what I know is right. Faith is also strengthened by doing. If you want to develop faith in the power of service, go serve and see how your life has changed by serving. Faith also leads to trust in the Lord. There have been many times in my life where I have not been able to see what should do. I can say, without a doubt, that every time I have put my faith in the Lord, my life has become richer, fuller and I have become a better person. When I put my faith in God, I always end up where I need to be. I think Joseph Smith, the first prophet of the LDS church, said it best when he said, "When the Lord commands, do it." I try to do what the Lord commands and when I do, I am always better off.