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Hi I'm Dave

I grew up in New Jersey. I am the father of five amazing children. I love cycling. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in New Jersey. When I was a very young boy, I remember finding a stack of Arizona Highways magazines in my mother's wardrobe. I was too young to read but I remember the vivid, colorful pictures of the Arizona desert, the Superstition Mountains, and Indian jewelry. I remember saying to myself that someday I would live there. Today, I live in Mesa, Arizona. I can see the Superstition Mountains from my home. I hike the desert, especially in the Spring, when the resplendent wildflowers are in bloom. I also love to take my girls to Navajo roadside stands to buy Indian jewelry. I am avid cyclist and have been since my teenage years. I dabbled in bicycle racing while in college but school and family responsibilities redirected my time so I perhaps never achieved my full potential in the sport. None the less, I simply love to ride and I ride as often as I can. I have completed the MS 100 in Illinois and Tour de Tucson twice. Living in Arizona, I am able to ride year round. Professionally, I am a Business Partner in a growing leadership training and coaching company. After working in the human resource and training field for over 20 year, I am finally doing what I love to do in a setting that suites my professional goals. I am husband and a father. I have been married to a saint of a women for nearly 30 years. Together, we have raised five wonderful accomplished children. My family is my greatest joy. No other success compares.

Why I am a Mormon

I have attended the LDS church since I was three years old. My father was a covert to the church. My mother was a re-activated member. From my earliest recollections I have had a quiet confidence that the doctrines I have been taught are true. It makes sense to me. It answers my questions about God and Christ and their plan of happiness for us. These answers provide assurance that I am not here on earth without purpose; that my life matters. I believe that there was an apostasy from the compete gospel of Jesus Christ and his original church during the first and second century following the his death and resurrection. The reformation movement of the middle ages and more recently, the shift to secular humanism, are evidence that the doctrine, the ordinances, and the authority to perform ordinances was undermined and eventually lost; that the christian world had lost confidence in the authority of the church. The restoration of the Church of Jesus Christ through the Prophet Joseph Smith returned a complete knowledge of lost doctrine and the authority to perform saving ordinances. This restoration makes sense to me and supports what many of the early reformers hoped to see happen. I remain a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because I have confidence in the doctrines of the church, the leaders, and that the church is led by Jesus Christ. He is the head of the church. I have confidence that the ordinances that I have received, such as baptism and receiving the Holy Ghost are valid and will be honored in the life to come. I have confidence that my marriage will be honored and in force in the life to come if I keep my marriage covenants. I am an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because I have received a confirmation from the Holy Ghost that the teaching of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are correct and true.

How I live my faith

I fully understand that it is by grace that I will be saved. I cannot do enough on my own to save myself. I am fully reliant on the atonement of Jesus Christ. Yet I also know that once committed to the gospel of Jesus Christ it requires that I act in accordance with this commitment. My life choices must be aligned with my professed faith and membership in his church. I am willing to live his commandments. I currently serve as the the employment specialist for my stake (geographic collection of congregations). I truly love this service opportunity. I help people within the church and those who are not members of our faith to find employment in these challenging times. Each week I hold an employment meeting to assist people with resume writing, cover letter preparation, and learning how to network. I also help people gain access to the all the church's employment resources on line and at the regional employment center. I visit a women in our congregation who is fed by tube due to a failed bi-pass surgery. I help her and her family in many ways to keep their business open, to take their children to church and sports practices. I help coordinate other support with resources from our congregation. I am a friend who she can count on. I visit an older divorced women and her daughter to provide encouragement and support. I help coordinate support for her and her daughter as needed. I am a friend who is ready to assist. I try to live my faith in many aspects of my daily life. I avoid profanity. I refrain from contention. I stop to help people in need. I share the gospel of Jesus Christ with others. I am respectful of others. I see others as having eternal worth and treat them accordingly. I express my gratefulness to God each day for all he has blessed me with. I recognize his hand in my life. Many times I fall short of what is expected of a true follower of Jesus Christ but I move forward with faith that the Lord will bless me as I follow Him.