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Hi I'm David

I grew up in Massachusetts. I'm a father of four. I'm a Professional Engineer and wood enthusiast. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a relatively small town in Massachusetts. I love sports, especially soccer and hockey. I have played, coached and refereed soccer off and on since I was five. I spent 13 months in Tianjin, China as a middle school English teacher. I speak conversational Mandarin (though I don't get much practice any more), and understand enough Spanish to get by. I have both BS and MS degrees in Civil Engineering and currently work as a structural engineer. I have a great love for this country and all who have made it great, both in uniform and out. Having lived in a land where freedoms are restricted helps me appreciate what a blessing it is to live here, even with the problems we have.

Why I am a Mormon

Simply put, I'm a Mormon because my prayers have been answered. My parents joined the LDS church when I was a toddler. Growing up in a place where I was the only Mormon in my high school made me question the things I learned in church. As a teenager I felt I needed to know what, if anything, was right. I didn't have any glorious revelations or see angels, but as I read the scriptures and prayed I came to know the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was the place were I would find all the answers that really mattered. Twenty plus years later I am still learning, but I know so much more. When my dad passed away a couple years ago and my kids asked the typical questions that arise on such occasions I knew what to tell them. I didn't have to wonder myself or hope what I was saying was true. I know that God lives. That we existed before we were born on this earth, and that life continues after death.

How I live my faith

The most important part of being a Mormon is living it every day. Church is not just a place I go on Sundays, but its a way I try to live my life. I like to emphasize the trying part because I know I am far from perfect. Whether at work or coaching soccer, out watching a Bruins game (Boston hockey, not UCLA basketball) or home with my family I try to see and treat the people around me the way I think God sees us and would treat us. As far as service in the church goes I currently teach the 16 & 17 year-old sunday school class. I really enjoy this class because the kids are at the same point in their lives as I was when I started earnestly seeking for myself. It's great to see them learning to think for themselves and rely more on their own relationship with Heavenly Father than on the things they've been spoon fed since they were little. I also have a responsibility to visit with a few families in the church each month. This visit is a way for us to strengthen each other, teach the gospel, serve one another and just get to know each other better outside of "church".