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Hi I'm Dave.

I'm a Dad. I'm a Rocket Scientist. I'm a pilot. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a Dad, I'm a pilot, I'm a rocket scientist. I have a private pilot's license, and really enjoy flying. I've worked on the Space Shuttle. But probably the most important thing in my life is raising my kids.

Why I am a Mormon

I was fortunate enough to grow up as a member of the church. I have two fantastic parents who taught me values that have carried me throughout my life. I look around the world and wonder where my life would be like today if I didn't have that anchor that kept me rooted. I'm a Mormon because it's the best way of life that I've ever seen. It emphasizes families. It emphasizes good living. It emphasizes watching out and caring for your fellow man. It's the value system that I want my children to grow up with. In all, it's a belief system that asks you to look outside yourself and make a difference. I can't think of a better way to live.

How I live my faith

For the most part, I use my faith as a daily guide on how to treat others. I often think about the song "A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief", and ask myself how I would treat others if I knew that they were the Savior in disguise. I find that thought keeps my natural tendencies to be selfish in check. Within the church, I am the secretary to the Bishop of our congregation. I help him in making appointments, taking notes, and performing administrative duties.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Young members of the church are encouraged to serve a mission, but not required. I opted to serve when I was 19, and I would not trade that opportunity for anything. It was an amazing opportunity to see the world from a different perspective - to learn that there are problems that are bigger than myself. It brought me out of my sheltered world and made me figure out what I believe. I see my friends who did not choose to serve, and they truly missed something. Some, more than a decade later, are still trying to figure out what their lives are about. I think that's sad. I believe you need to serve a cause greater than yourself to figure out what your purpose in life really is. Show more Show less