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Hi I'm Dave

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Southern California but have lived in the Seattle area for 24 years. My wife and I have been very happily married for 35 years and have five wonderful children. We are both converts to the church. I love hiking, backpacking, snow skiing (the greatest sport ever), playing racquetball, traveling to other countries, and spending time with our children and four grandchildren. I am the director of training and development for a Washington-based retail company, and love to find new ways to help people learn and grow.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon for many reasons. But it boils down to one that is most important. I believe that Christ truly is the Savior of mankind and that his gospel has been restored in its fullness today through The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In the 34 years since I joined the Church, I have had many spiritual experiences that have confirmed that belief. My wife and I became acquainted with the Church when I was in graduate school and newly married. We weren't searching for a church or for anything more meaningful in our lives. I was happy with my life. But, when we accepted the invitation to attend church with some Mormon neighbors, I felt something special as I listened to the members of that congregation express their feelings about the gospel of Christ. I learned that once again God speaks to man through prophets as he did in biblical times. I learned that we lived with our Heavenly Father before coming to earth, that we each have a purpose here, and that we can be reuinted with Him after this life. I learned that family relationships can be eternal and that we continue to grow in love and spirituality after this life. I learned how to be a good husband, father, and community member. I learned that our Heavenly Father loves us and that he restored the Church of Jesus Christ through the prophet Joseph Smith to help us find our way back to Him. During the time I was learning about the Church, I wondered, "If God directed man through prophets and perfomed miracles in the past, why not now? We need him just as much now as ever." Since joining the church, I've witnessed miracles and had personal, sacred experiences that confirm for me the truth of this gospel. Through prayer, scripture study, and striving to live as the gospel teaches, I have felt divine impressions letting me know I'm on the right path. I'm grateful for this gift I've been given and hope to share it with others.

How I live my faith

One aspect of the Church that attracted me from the beginning and made so much sense is that there is no paid clergy. The members of each congregation or "ward" are "called" to responsibilities that help the ward function. Ideally, each person in a ward has a responsibility or calling. Throughout the years, I've been a Sunday School teacher, an advisor in the Young Men's organization, taught early morning seminary for high schoolers, served as a counselor to the bishop, and served in the leadership of a young single adult ward (very fun). Each of these callings has provided unique opportunities for my personal growth and the chance to serve others in ways I would not have otherwise. Working together in this way brings our ward members very close as friends. We're also encouraged to be active in our communities and public schools, which our family has tried to do over the years. We have found that raising our children in the Church has given them a solid foundation of values, standards, and spirituality that has helped them remain strong in the face of challenges that young people encounter every day. We've tried to teach our children to stay true to their values without being judgmental of others.