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Hi I'm Dave

I was raised as a Wyoming cowboy. I'm a father, husband, grandfather and engineering professor. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm currently a Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science but I see myself as an old cowboy at heart (from my upbringing in Wyoming I suspect). My wife and I have 5 children and we have recently become grandparents of a new baby boy. In addition to Wyoming, we have lived in Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Utah and Washington and we have enjoyed everywhere we've lived. What a great country we live in. We have met wonderful people everywhere we have been and have great memories and life-long friends wherever we have spent any time. Our family loves the outdoors and pretty much any type of sporting event and a few musical pursuits as well. We are or have been involved in football, basketball, baseball, volleyball, tennis, golf, marching and symphony bands, and choir. I'm a little bit country, my wife's a little bit rock and roll, and the kids are all over the place, including my two sons who love rap music(?).

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised as a member of the LDS church with both of my parents being Mormon from their birth. When I was a senior in high school I started thinking seriously about religion because I had always considered serving as a missionary. I decided that it would really disrupt my life if I left home for two years because I had a lot going on with school and sports and girlfriends. My favorite book of scripture is the book of John in the New Testament because of the apparent personal relationship that John had with Jesus. I felt like this was true. I wanted to know if what I had been taught about Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon was also true, so I spent my senior year of high school reading it and praying about it. I recognized that as I read through the Book of John, that I had great peaceful and loving feelings that I believe are from the Holy Spirit that testify to me that it is a true book. As I read the Book of Mormon I often felt those same feelings. I had nothing more as a witness other than those feelings. I had always been taught about feelings of the Spirit and I believe that those feelings are what can guide us in our lives. All decisions in my life are guided by those feelings that I have learned to trust. If I don't feel good about something I won't do it. I recognized after that year of real study and prayer that I have a testimony not only of God and prayer and Jesus and his teachings, but also in the restoration of the gospel and in the Book of Mormon.

How I live my faith

I always accept responsibilities to work and serve in the church whenever I am asked. I currently serve as a teacher for the older men in the church in our priesthood meetings. I also teach the high school aged kids in early morning seminary, where they go to the church for an hour each morning to study gospel subjects before high school starts. This year we have been studying the Old Testament, a book that I really enjoy because of the all the great stories in there. I skip over many of the R-rated parts in our discussions (of which the Old Testament seems to have plenty). I really enjoy teaching -- especially the youth. I guess that's why I teach college age young people for a living. I do my best to be a good and faithful father and husband, something I see as the most important thing I do in life. We spend a lot of time together as a family and I try to spend a lot of time with the children. I know they grow up too quick -- we only have 3 of 5 left at home, and our oldest left about 7 years ago, so time is running out quickly. We work together around the house and play together as much as possible.