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Hi I'm David Anderson

I'm a husband, a father, a writer, a cyclist, a gardener. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in the country and that is where I live now--in the midwest among the miles of corn and bean fields. I love it--the smells of the soil, the woods, and the seasons. We tried living in the suburbs for a couple of years, but we found ourselves pining for more rural landscapes. My wife and I have five kids. They are beautiful and the best on the planet. My wife, Libby, is a graduate student now and a full-time mom. I am a Human Resources Manager for a software firm. I love my job, but my real passion is writing fiction. I am working on finding an agent now for a novel. It's a great story and some very fun characters, so we'll see. I also find a lot of joy working in my garden. I tend to be very creative and gardening is just another creative outlet for me like writing. I love to put a seed in the ground and see it progress and bear fruit. I suppose it is the metaphore for life's journey that I appreciate.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up a Methodist without much understanding of the gospel and what it was all about, really. I mean, I knew about Jesus and that somehow his death on the cross paid for our sins, but I still had the basic questions that we are all born with: Who am I? Why am I hear? What am I supposed to do? And where am I going? I met my wife in high school and was immediately smitten. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Everyone else just told me she was a Mormon. I didn't have a clue as to what that meant and I didn't care initially. But I became currious as we dated and continued a friendship for several years. I met with the missionaries while I was in college at Indiana University, and I learned so much about what the our Heavenly Father's plan was all about. But still, I didn't know if it was true or not, or feel that I should join another church. Bit by bit though, as I read and studied and actually made some life changes that were more in line with the teachings of Jesus Christ, I gained an understanding and strong feeling that what I was learning was true. When we know something to be true, especially something that can improve our lives, we feel compelled to act upon it. I was baptised because I learned and felt in my heart that the restored gospel of Jesus Christ, as taught to me by other good church members and the missionaires, was true.

How I live my faith

I try to do the best I can as I think most faithful people do. Attending church each week is key. Reading the scriptures and trying to apply them to my life and praying for help are the other things that help me to live my faith. Also, my family. Teaching my children and the blessings of raising a family in the church helps us to live our faith. We want for ourselves and our children lasting joy. Sure, we have problems and adversities. Who doesn't? But I believe I have a firm foundation in the gospel that has helped me, and it will continue to help me weather life's storms. I am currently a sunday school teacher of the Gospel Principles class. Teaching the gospel is one of my favorite ways to serve.