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Hi I'm Dave

I'm the husband of a young adult novelist and a father of two. I try to write poems that knock people out. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I seek empathetic transcendence, which is a fancy way of saying I want to leave myself for a while and come back a different person. That comes through serving other people, through being a husband and father, and through poetry. A poem that takes me out of myself and lets me live in, briefly, someone else’s views and experiences, if it is honest and rings true, which it so often does, is a tremendous gift. I feel expanded. Art has the capacity to do that, and poetry does it most emphatically for me. It’s a great gift from God who, I believe, above all else, wants us to empathize with one another, wants us to understand each other, to know each other, to serve each other even when we disagree.

Why I am a Mormon

I first developed a real relationship with Christ through the need for help in overcoming addiction—help beyond my own capacities. I felt the empowering effects of relying fully on Christ and actively choosing to change my life. That experience is a constant baseline reminder of why I am a Mormon. But I continue to be a Mormon because of much less dramatic, daily communication from God. As an inadequate husband and father, I have a lot of questions. As I ask my Heavenly Father specific questions I receive specific answers that guide how I’ve changed and how I love my wife and daughters. Years of little guidance specific to my needs and my family’s needs has helped me come to know Heavenly Father and Jesus in ways more dramatic experiences might not. I’m a Mormon because my Father in Heaven continues to teach me, through personal revelation, little by little, how I can be happier and how I can help those I love to be happier too.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by applying, as best I can, the doctrine of personal revelation to everything I do. God knows how to be a husband and father better than I do. And he knows what my wife and daughters need in a husband and father better than I do, and I would be mighty foolish not to seek out what he knows and then make whatever changes are necessary to become who my family needs me to become. The becoming takes a long time. That’s the purpose of my life.