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Hi I'm David

I'm a husband. I'm a cyclist. I'm a guitarist. I'm a newly-graduated public relations professional. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My wife says I'm a child. That I'm cheesy, crazy, over excited, annoying, and a slew of other words usually used in derogatory conversation. But when mixed with the laughter in her voice, I will gladly hear those words a million times over. I spent my childhood growing up in Washington state. A little in Seattle, but mostly in Spokane on the east side of the state. In my mid-teens my family moved to Idaho and has been there ever since, dodging tractors on the highway and snow drifts in the winter. Its a frozen tundra out there sometimes. I always loved music so no matter where we lived that always seemed to be a staple. I started out playing violin, moved to cello, and have since moved to guitar, regretfully dropping the rest. I studied for a couple semesters at the Art Institute of Seattle for Audio Production, but quickly dropped it to serve a mission. After serving a full-time mission for the church in Florida, I moved back and married my wife, Meghan, in March of 2011. No kids yet. Meghan and I both recently graduated, so we'll be moving to the great unknown in the next few months. With her there, anywhere we go will be beautiful.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born one. And at one point in my life that was the only reason I could give. Some time in my late teens I realized I was running on my parents faith and testimonies. So, I convinced myself it was all for show, and I bailed. But one day I was hit with the most sobering thought of my life. I had obtained everything I wanted in my life at the time, and yet I was still miserable. Employment, school enrollment, relationships, none of it made me really happy. I boiled it down over the next couple weeks and realized that I had given everything in my life 100% devotion at one point or another, except for God. When I started doing that, my life changed. I felt loved again. I felt like I had a purpose again. I felt alive again. There's something to be said for 'following your heart'. Its hogwash. Your heart changes direction and focus with every passing glance and turn of the tide. Follow your gut. That's the trick. When I feel the spirit, it's in my gut. I know in my gut that Jesus Christ really is the Son of God and my Savior, that the Book of Mormon is the word of God and that Joseph Smith is a true prophet called by God. Always will. The gut doesn't lie. My conversion is infused with my mission. I've learned more about my relationship with God in those few years than the full 21 years before it. The first time I really felt the Atonement was in the Lord preparing me to serve Him full-time. While declaring His gospel, I knew when my words were touching their soul, because at the same time they were touching mine. The complete gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored through a living prophet. I declared it for two years solid. The truth doesn't come easy. But when it comes, it hits you hard. That's why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I tell my wife I love her. I cook her dinner. I rub her feet a couple times a week. I pick up my clothes when she asks me to. I rub her forehead when she has a headache. And I buy her flowers for Wednesday. The gospel is all about families. Making sure that we will be together for eternity. Thus, when I serve and love her, I'm living the gospel and making sure that we are progressing in the right direction. As far as the church goes, I work with the youth as an early morning seminary teacher. By far the toughest and most rewarding calling I have ever had in the church. You can tell when a kid is getting punched by the Holy Ghost. The Spirit in the room at that moment is palpable. It's an honor to be there when it happens. Anyways, I take good care of my wife. I read my scriptures. I try to be a good person. I tell people about Christ, the church, the Book of Mormon, any chance I get. That's how I make sure I can sleep good at night.