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Hi I'm David Bear

I'm a Mormon. I was born that way. But I had to decide to stay that way. It isn't easy, but it's worth it.

About Me

I grew up climbing tree's, digging under ground forts, experimenting with chemicals and electricity in a back yard laboratory and loving the one true Star Trek series. I built telegraph to my best friends house that we could never get to work because the power company took the wire down. (They didn't like us using their power poles to hang our wire.) I was married to a beautiful home town girl after we grew up enough to realize that you can indeed fall in love with a home town girl, i.e. one that you've known is the friend of your little sister. I started my college career the summer after I graduated from high school because I couldn't conceive of doing anything other than being a student. I love to learn. I also knew that when the time came I was expected to serve a mission for the church. I was fortunate enough to have a loving a supporting family that encouraged me to do all the right things to prepare for that day. Leaving for that mission was easy. Staying on that mission in the beginning was hard because I had to know with certainty that I was really doing what God wanted me to do, and that the church I was representing really was His Church. I received a confirmation of these things while praying fervently to know .

Why I am a Mormon

I am Mormon because I know that the Book of Mormon as a book of scripture that proves the Bible. I don't think I could believe the Bible without the witness of the Book of Mormon. I am a Mormon because I know the LDS Church is the restored Church of Christ, restored to the earth through the Prophet Joseph Smith, and continuing today through a unbroken chain of authorized apostles and prophets. I know our current President, Thomas S Monson, is a living prophet. Meaning that he has been called by God to lead all people to Christ by encouraging us, teaching us, and setting the example of how a Man of Christ should live. My memory of living prophets goes back to David O McKay whom I felt was a kind old man but didn't grasp the meaning of what it meant to be a prophet. Spencer W Kimball was the prophet who called me on my mission to Japan. He was the prophet that taught me of the power of repentance, and the miracle of forgiveness. He was the prophet who witnessed to me of the reality of God when I questioned such things as a teenager. Since then I have prayed for and received a witness of the calling of prophets and apostles, and local priesthood leaders. I am convinced that God works through such means to advance His work.

How I live my faith

God asks members if His Church to serve in ways they generally would not have chosen themselves. In my lifetime, I have served in many different capacities. As a teenager, I served in priesthood quorum presidencies at various times as secretaries, counselors and as presidents. (not all at once, given the six years I had in the Aaronic Priesthood, (this is the priesthood worthy young men are given that is intended to teach youth how to serve) there was time for the Lord to call me to these positions) I did not volunteer for these positions, and I certainly would never have picked them for myself. These positions taught me such important skills as how to conduct a meeting, how to create an agenda, how to plan events, how to delegate assignments, how to organize group of volunteer to accomplish some course of action, etc. Most important, I was placed in a position where I had to call upon God, seek Him in prayer for direction, and act with faith that I could accomplish the responsibilities these positions had. Currently, I serve in the Boy Scout's of American in our Ward. The church organizes its young men's programs and includes the BSA as its activity arm. So I work as a BSA unit advancement chairmen as well as a Life to Eagle coordinator. Again, I never would have volunteered for these positions. I generate hate clerical work. But I do know how important participation in the BSA is for the life skills and experiences that a young man receives from it. And, since I know that the Lord has asked that I do it, I will do it. The other thing to know about serving in the church is that the family is the most basic organizational unit of the church, and that my position as a father and husband takes precedent over all other duties. It is also the most difficult of callings that I have ever had. I am so grateful for the opportunities to prepare for this job that the church has provided. I am grateful for a loving Heavenly Father who hears my prayers.