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Hi I'm David

I grew up in an army family. My family lived in India when I was a boy. I'm a husband and father of four. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up at West Point, New York where my father taught at the military academy. We had a Revolution War fort in our back yard. I served a two-year mission for the Church in Brazil. I loved the place and the people. After college at Bowdoin and law school at Vanderbilt, I began my law practice in Salt Lake City, Utah. For a period of my career, I worked as a federal prosecutor in the Department of Justice. I met my wife of 31 years in her home town of Memphis. She is a great cook in the southern tradition of her mother. We have four great children and, so far, one grandchild. In college, I played goalie on the lacrosse team. That began a life-long love of the sport. I have taught my three sons to play. One of my favorite pastimes is coaching high school lacrosse.

Why I am a Mormon

I learned my faith at my mother's knee. As a teenager, I was the only Mormon in my high school. When I left home for college, I could no longer live on the borrowed light of my parents' faith. One fall, after returning to school for a sports preseason, I had a lot of time on my own after practice, and I decided to read the Book of Mormon. I had read verses here and there before, but had never really read it through. Alone in my dorm room, I began to read, and to me it was like water to a thirsty man. I could not put the book down. When I was done, I knew the Book of Mormon was true, and that it's translator, Joseph Smith had to be prophet of God. Since then, I have had a lifetime of experiences that have strengthened my testimony. Our faith in Jesus Christ and our participation in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been the foundation on which my wife and I have tried to build our family. It has been a sure guide to us as parents and a great source of happiness.

How I live my faith

One of the wonderful things about our Church is the opportunity for service it provides. Because the Church is run by volunteers rather than a professional clergy, everyone is needed to pitch in and help. I have served as a scoutmaster and a Sunday School teacher. Over the last few years, it has been my privilege to preside over congregations of members from Thailand and China. While we have have different languages and cultures, we share a common bond of faith in Jesus Christ and a commitment to strive to live His Gospel. In a very real sense, they are my brothers and sisters.