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Hi I'm Dave...

I've been married 30 years to an angel. I'm a writer and father of four adorable children.

About Me

I enjoy biking, hiking, gardening, horseback riding, mountain climbing, photography, reading and writing. I recently wrote a 526 page thriller/suspense novel called "Defiance" - under a pseudonym. I love the outdoors and spend as much time there as I can. I was raised just outside of Boulder Colorado in Broomfield for the first twelve years of my life, after which my family moved to Utah. I graduated from college in Business and IT and have been working in corporate America ever since. I'm an avid student of different, cultures, people, science, leadership, history, faiths and government. I've been married for 30 years to the love of my life, and have four adorable children who are my pride and joy. I'm blessed to have wonderful son-in-laws, and am looking forward to being a grandfather - I think. I adore and love spending time with my sweetheart and family. Nobody laughs as hard as we do when we are playing Balderdash.

Why I am a Mormon

I enjoy studying other people, cultures and religions such as the Catholics, Protestants, Seventh Day of Adventists, Jehovah Whiteness’s, Buddhists, Baptists, Evangelicals, Hare Krishna’s, Islam etc. and have found that eventhough they teach many great principles, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has more complete answers for my questions than any other faith. Here are some of my questions: 1. Where exactly did I come from before I was born on this earth? What did I do there? 2. Where precisely will I go after I die, and what will I be doing on a daily basis? 3. Who is God, where did He orginate from? 4. Does God only inspire one Church or does he influence many religions and people? 5. Does God visit his children today like he did Moses, Jeremiah, Samuel and Mary? 6. This life seems like a waste, if the relationships I've nurtured here don’t continue after I'm dead. What will my relationship be with my wife and my family after this life is over? The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has perfectly logical answers for my questions. Not only do they make sense, but the Holy Ghost bears witness that they are true. The doctrine of the Church is a sweet addition and completion to what other faiths and religions are teaching. I'm thoroughly satisfied that the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are true - which I’ve discovered through my own study and through the confirmation of the Holy Ghost.

How I live my faith

I find great satisfaction in being a positive influence at work, home and in my community through my actions and example. I derive personal enjoyment from assisting others in reaching their greatest potential, hence my love for teaching, coaching, leadership and being a dad. The gospel of Jesus Christ parallels my person beliefs regarding the betterment of mankind in every conceivable way. I believe that routine and regular acts of kindness, tolerance, forgiveness, service and generosity are "key" to a healthy, happy, and thriving society – and to that end I have dedicated my life.

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Dave...
We believe that God has a body of flesh and bones as tangible as mans, as does Jesus, and that the Holy Ghost is a Spirit. We believe it's important to understand the true nature of God in order to become like him. Here are a few biblical examples that support our beliefs about God. Mathew 3:16-17 "And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, this is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." John 20:16 "And Jesus saith unto her, touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God." Acts 7:55 "But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God..." Matthew 27:46 "And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, my God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" We believe that when there is a reference to God, Jesus and the Holy Ghost being one entity, the writer is trying to express the idea that they are one in purpose. For example in John 17:21 we read: "That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us..." We believe we should strive to be one in purpose with God, Jesus, and the Holy Ghost. Show more Show less

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Dave...
“The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork” (Psalms 19:1). The geological record shows that thousands of plants, animals, bacteria and insects living today, that also existed millions of years ago (Google living fossils). "Living fossils” and the environments required to sustain them haven't changed for millions of years for most living fossils - according to the fossil record. For example; alligators, crocodiles, ants, cock roaches, lilies, salamanders, sturgeon, lizards, worms, pine trees, ferns, fish, lobsters, crayfish, sharks, bees, flies, starfish, horseshoe crabs, mosquitoes, dragon flies and the complex eco-systems required to sustain them have existed for millions of years. Additionally we can't ignore how consistently the earth at 7926 mile diameter and 23.5 degree tilt hurtles around the sun at 66,600+- miles an hour while being pummeled by thousands of tons of meteorites and magnetic radiation every year without slowing down etc.There is a simple answer to these conundrum and paradoxes.There is a God, who is a master engineer, scientist, botanist and zoologist, who created all things and keeps them in motion. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints brings the truths of science together with the teachings of the gospel of Jesus Christ in ways that make perfect sense and testify of the grandeur and intellect of God, His son Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Holy Ghost? Who is the Holy Ghost?

Dave...
We believe that God has a body of flesh and bones as tangible as mans, as does Jesus, and that the Holy Ghost is a Spirit. Here are a few biblical references supporting our definition of the Holy Ghost. Mathew 3:16-17 "And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, this is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." Acts 7:55 "But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God..." John 20:22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, receive ye the Holy Ghost." We believe that references suggesting that God, Jesus and the Holy Ghost are one entity only mean that they are one in purpose, not in person. The Holy Ghost’s role is to teach and testify of truth. Luke 12:12 "For the Holy Ghost shall teach you in the same hour what ye ought to say." 2 Peter 1:21 "...holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost." The Holy Ghost bares witness of truth by giving us a warm, peaceful and confident feeling that what we've read or heard is true. There are men and women on the earth today that speak by the power of the Holy Ghost. Go to LDS.Org - Menu - General Conference, pick a talk and find a quiet place to listen. They Holy Ghost will bare witness that what you are hearing is true. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Dave...
Of course Mormons are Christians. All one has to do is “Google” the word Mormon to find out that the real name of the Church is “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.” A visit to http://lds.org where all the beliefs and gospel study manuals of the Church are transparent and readily available – and free – will clearly confirm that Mormons are Christians. “We talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ… that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins.” We take the sacrament every Sunday in remembrance of Jesus Christ. We worship and pray to God not Joseph Smith. We respect and admire Joseph Smith – who died for his Christian beliefs - in the same way we do the ancient apostles; Peter, James, John, and Paul, but we do NOT worship him. We are Christians through and through which is evident by the way we try to live our lives. Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior and we look forward to His return to earth to rule and reign in righteousness. Show more Show less