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Hi I'm Dave

I'm a husband and father. I'm a speaker and business partner. I'm a backpacker, an entertainer and a volunteer. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Northern California with a sister and a brother. Our parents taught us to be animal lovers. My father taught me to enjoy music. I made a name for myself with jazz. I hated scouts and the outdoors at the time but went all the way through the program thanks to a good group of friends. I graduated from college with a business major. After graduating, I fell in love and married. My wife has been one of the greatest blessings in my life. We have six children and our first grand child on the way. You could say that everybody in our family loves each other more than they don't! My wife and I have been serious about living within our means and without debt. She is the one that gets major credit for the sacrifices that have made that possible, especially given her choice in being a stay-at-home mom. Years ago I discovered a love for the outdoors. Now my boys and I go backpacking just about every year. I pursue my music hobby occasionally as a saxophone instrumentalist at parties, receptions, and holiday events. Over a decade ago, I came up with the idea for a computer consulting business and have been self-employed ever since. We have kept the doors open and even thrived through two recessions. I'm known as the evangelist in our business as I have primary responsibility for promoting our professional message.

Why I am a Mormon

I recall as early as age five asking questions about faith and God. As non-believers, my parents had no answers for me. I occasionally attended some youth programs and worship services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Close to my ninth birthday, I asked my parents' permission to be baptized and they were ok with it. Because of our home environment, I still lacked a lot of basics about faith. I accepted the Bible, or so I thought, but had to read intently and pray about the Book of Mormon. I enrolled myself in the vacation bible summer school of a neighborhood church and drew the pastor into one-on-one chats. I visited the homes of young couples who impressed me to ask them questions about faith. During those years, I made the mistake of trying to recognize God's voice in my life exactly as others around me described it. I eventually discovered that God tailors His voice to each of us according to our individual needs. This sensitivity is one of His greatest gifts. "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. ..." (John 14:27). Probably the most sublime experience of my life was when my mother started yearning for faith and discovered it. I was 16 at the time. She happened to look to me as her primary spiritual guide for the next three years. Today, the Book of Mormon continues as the great enabling spiritual key in my life. It proves to me daily in my mind and heart that Jesus Christ is divine, that He is who he said He was, and that the biblical apostles did not aggrandize their testimony of His life and teachings. As a result, I consider myself a fervent believer in the Bible and in the voice of God's living prophet on the earth today. Ultimately, I am a Mormon because of the Savior's great gift to me of repentance and its miraculous impact on my on-going personal improvement. I welcome opportunities to share how the Lord's love has impacted me.

How I live my faith

I see the Savior's entire life and ministry as a call to action. Years ago I came to the humbling realization that it is most critical to live my faith to the fullest within the walls of my own home. I enjoy volunteering, and appreciate opportunities to serve with my family. On a church level, I have served as a youth leader and scoutmaster, and as a teacher of several classes. The formal volunteer opportunities that I have been involved with the most over the years have been missionary-oriented, and I hope to do more of that in the future. I currently coordinate job search coaching activities for my own congregation and seven others. I enjoy the opportunity to pay regular visits to some congregants' homes. I've volunteered in the community on many levels, including as a volunteer fitness and nutrition coach. I do what I can to help guide those who are seeking spiritually, and those who struggle with faith issues.