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Hi I'm David Preece

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a college professor now, teaching marketing and tourism. But I spent nearly 30 years in business which allows me to bring lots of real-world experiences into the classroom. I am happily married and we have three grown children who are also active in the LDS Church.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the LDS Church, but I have chosen to be a Mormon. Naturally, my parents and Church friends encouraged and influenced my involvement, but my commitment to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the gospel of Jesus Christ was my own decision.

How I live my faith

I am actively engaged in Church service through a number of assignments, but I always try to view myself as part of a larger community in which it's my obligation to do good and be good. Isn't that the essence of being a Christian?

Who founded Mormonism and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

David Preece
Well, you might expect me to answer "Joseph Smith" but perhaps a better response is "Jesus Christ." We believe He and the Father appeared to a young Joseph Smith in 1820 who was seeking and praying for religious direction. That event began the modern-day restoration of Christ's original Church and priesthood authority which had been lost after the death of the original apostles. Under the direction of the Savior, Joseph organized the Church with a small group of believers in 1830 in Upstate New York, which has now grown into a global Christian faith with 14 million members, most of whom live outside the U.S. Through modern-day inspiration and revelation from Christ, the Church's 12 Apostles oversee the affairs of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints...just as apostles and prophets of old did in the ancient Church. Show more Show less