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Hi I'm Devin

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born In Oakland, CA to my father a career sailor and now retired U.S. Navy Chief ( an Aviation ordinanceman )and my mother a college graduate from the Phillippines. I have one brother who is also a recently promoted U.S. Navy Chief in the submarine fleet. I grew up in a naval city in the Northwest region of Washington State. My hobbies in school were Chinese martial arts/ chinese boxing and rock music. As a child I was always fascinated with the Army. I dressed up in old fatigues and made guns out of wood, nails, and pipes. I watched WW2 movies with my father and I asked about the soldiers. My father explained to me that they were U.S. Marines in this particular movie and explained the difference between them and the U.S. Army. At the age of 17 I decided to enlisted in the U.S. Marines Corps and attended recruit training in San Diego, CA one week after I graduated high school. Several years later I would transfer to the U.S. Army and serve with the 1st Cavalry division 3/8 and serve a tour in Baghdad, Iraq from 2004-2005. I have attended college in North Seattle and studied Automotive service specializing in Honda Automobiles. I currently work in the field of law. I was married at the Seattle temple and am a husband and father of three handsome boys.

Why I am a Mormon

I was introduced to our heavanly father by my mother at a young age. I was baptized as a Catholic. I attended church rarely with my mother. My father was Protestant and I rarely attended church with him as well. Througout my childhood I can recall my father bringing me to different churches. We never attended one in particual for to long. My father did not agree with the doctrine that was being taught from one church to another. In high school I had many friends that went to different catholic and christian churches. I went with them as often as possible. I believe there are good people everywhere in all churches and all societies. I do recall feeling the spirit and learning about Jesus and Heavanly Father. Sadly I also remember during sunday schools there was a lot of bashing of other faiths and why they were wrong etc. I felt that sunday school know matter where should be focused on the life of christ, our father in heavan, examples of stories from the scripture, and how we can strive to learn and improve our lives and serve those around us. In 1996 I was stationed at USMC base Camp Lejeune N.C. not far from the city of Jacksonville. I remember one night my two room mates (marines in barracks) went out to party on the weekend. I usually went with them but I chose to stay back this night. I was spiritually and emotionally empty. I prayed to heavanly father that he would choose the right church for me and a wife. I put it in his hands and asked him to choose. The interesting thing is heavanly father had answered this prayer nearly 7 yrs earlier before I even asked. When I was in junior high school my art teacher started a pen pal program between her art class and her friends class 100 miles away. I got my pen pal ... a mormon girl who is now my wife. Her family introduced me to the church.. I investigated for 1 year before joining. I love everything about the Church of Jesus Christ of latter day saints. The plan of salvation answered it all.

How I live my faith

Due to my previous military service and past employment schedule attending church has never been completely consistent. This has not shaken my faith or weakened my testimony of the truthfulness of the gospel. I recall telling my bishop one time that I felt bad for my inconsistent attendance due to shift work, and military obligations. He replied to me and said... Church is a place where imperfect people (all humans) go to try to learn and strengthen one another to be better people and better disciples of Jesus Christ. Do the best you can..... strive to improve each day..... we are all at different levels of faith and understanding... and we all continue to grow... don't give up and don't feel bad Heavanly father understands all of our lives and situations. He wants us to succeed, he wants us to try......... I find this message to be true. We are all at different levels of faith and obedience but we must never give up... when we go to church, we learn, we grow, we participate and serve others. By serving each other and those in need we show our love for God! I know this church is true!

How do I become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church)?

In the church I have been taught to pray and ask for confirmation for anything. I encourage anyone wanting to join the church to pray and ask if the church is true. Ask honestly and you will receive your answer. Show more Show less