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Hi I'm Dave Bennett

I recycle. (Not Mormons . . . solvent, antifreeze and oil.)

About Me

I am a husband, father and grandfather. I was born in Arizona and have lived here my entire life. I served in Peru as a missionary for two years and loved learning about the Peruvian people and their culture. When I returned from Peru, I married my high school sweetheart. We have four children and now three grand children. I have been amazed by how different my kids are from each other. They each have wonderful character traits and talents that have been developed in their lives. For twenty years I have owned and operated a recycling business. We recycle petroleum based solvents and thinners for other businesses. I think the earth is such a precious gift that has been provided for us. It is important to me to care for the earth and protect the resources that have been given to us. I get excited about new technologies that will help us protect the earth. We should leave a better, cleaner environment for our children and grandchildren to live in. I enjoy all sorts of outdoor activities. Scuba diving, sky diving, deep sea fishing, camping, motorcycles and quads, water skiing, and snow skiing (I don't get along to well with snow boards). My wife and several children are certified scuba divers. It has been a great hobby that we can do together.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in an LDS home. I actually feel that I had a nearly perfect childhood. Wonderful parents who raised me in a loving and supportive home environment. An older brother that has always been a great example to me. Three younger sisters whom I love and adore. My parents even adopted a young girl and a young boy who are now a part of our family. We had our fair share of challenges, but for the most part, I loved how I was raised and the opportunities I was given when I was a child and young adult at home. When I was in High School, my best friend was baptized into the church. We had been friends for many years and he had participated in almost every church activity as a non member. He had grown up in an environment that was very different from mine. His parents had divorced many years before I knew him. His mom was wonderful but his step-father was an alcoholic. He had told me many different times that he and his step-father had physically fought with each other. I really had a hard time comprehending that relationship. Despite the challenges he had at home, my friend was really an outstanding person. A much better person than I was, even though I had been blessed with such a wonderful family life. Watching him discover the truthfulness of the church was such an incredible experience for me. I quickly realized that I had taken my membership in the church for granted. His conversion helped me to see what great blessings are in my life because of the church. Today, I appreciate the experience I had so many years ago. I feel that Heavenly Father loved and cared for my friend so much that He placed people and experiences in his life that would keep him close and ultimately help him return "home". I have seen my Heavenly Father's love demonstrated in my life over and over again. He wants us all to return " home" to be with Him again. I hope the decisions I am making in my life will allow me to do just that!

How I live my faith

While it is important to be active in church, I think it is more important that your life outside of church reflects your commitment to follow Christ. To me, it is important to be kind and considerate of others. I am always working to have more patience and compassion with those who are around me. If we could all be more like Christ . . . this world would be a much better place.