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Hi I'm David

I am a native of California. I've been a practicing attorney for 25 years, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am married. My wife and I have four children. I have worked as a boy scout leader for over twenty years, and I have attended wood badge training. As a hobby, I enjoy gardening, and I raise chickens for their eggs. I also like to kayak and canoe, back pack, and make items out of leather. I enjoy my work, and the opportunity it gives me to help people with their problems.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a family where both of my parents were LDS. I have regularly attended church throughout my life. I have seen, however, in my law practice where I deal with families having problems, that the commandments and rules which God has given are for our own benefit and protection. Some of the saddest cases I have encountered have arisen due to the fact that someone has failed to keep the commandments. As a lawyer, I can sometimes help with legal problems, but people could avoid many of these difficulties if they would simply follow the ten commandments.

How I live my faith

I am a boy scout leader, and I work with young men who are 14 and 15 years of age. My service in an LDS sponsored scouting unit involves many of the normal activities associated with scouting such as planning weekly meetings where scouting skills are taught to the young men, attending scout outtings and planning to attend a long term summer camp. Additionally, however, I believe that a scout leader also shares a responsibility to look after the spiritual welfare of the young men in the scout troop. That responsibility requires doing such things as making sure that the boys are attending the Church regularly, reading the scriptures such as the Book of Mormon and the Bible, and praying to God each day. It also includes helping them to realize that preparation for a life of meaning and service requires that they obtain as much education as possible and learn to be good citizens in their community. Accordingly, I work with the young men to train them in physical, mental, and social skills which will help to prepare them for adulthood. I also try to get the young men to take responsibility for their own program, and to help them to create a peer group which provides an uplifting and inspiring motivation in their lives. My goal is to help prepare these young men with the skills they will need in the future to be good husbands and fathers and missionaries. And although scouting has to be fun to be successful, the life lessons which these young men are learning involve very crucial skills. And many of these skills can not be learned in a school classroom or on a sports team. I enjoy working with these young men, and it is a great source of joy to me. They also teach me a lot about being disciples of Jesus Christ through their example.

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

The missionaries will talk to you about the attributes of God, and how we can learn how to receive inspiration from Him to help with our challenges and goals in life. They will also explain how Jesus Christ is our Savior and the Redeemer of all mankind. They will explain how we can receive God's forgiveness for our sins and find the peace that comes that knowing that we are a child of God and that He loves us. Show more Show less

Why did your church previously practice plural marriage (polygamy)?

Throughout history, there have been times when God asked His people to practice plural marriage. This happened in Old Testament times when men like Abraham, Isaac, Moses and Jacob. However, there have been other times when this has not been allowed. Currently, the Lord permits only monogamous marriages. And that has been the police of the Church since 1890. Show more Show less