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Hi I'm David

I am from Oregon, married to a wonderful wife, the father of four beautiful kids, an engineer, and enjoy life. I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I am originally from southern Florida and it is there where I grew-up enjoying the blessings of the Everglades and the Gulf. However, I moved to the Northwest after graduating from college to work in technology which in turn took me to different parts of the world. Although I might be helping a customer in a design of a product during the day, at home I can be found creating healthy food dishes and unique custom shakes with my wife and family. Besides enjoying eating different foods from various cultures, I also embrace the wonders of the outdoors. It is not uncommon that we pack up, bring the guitar, and head to the mountains or the coast to remind us of the great blessings of this earth. I am grateful for my family, life’s opportunities, and the great Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a home with great parents who participated actively in the Presbyterian Church. I also was enrolled in a Christian school where I learned more about the Bible. It was through my desire, prayer, and study to learn more about Christ and his ministry on the earth that I not only knew that Christ was our Savior but He lives. At 13 years, prompted by my own desire, I felt I needed to be baptized since Jesus Christ was baptized. So I went to the Presbyterian minister and I was sprinkled with water in front of the congregation. Although I was baptized, I felt something was missing, but I continued to attend church. Then one day, two missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints came to our home and shared a message about Christ. One of the messages from the missionaries was about the falling away of the ancient church of Christ where the organization of the church fell apart after all of the Apostles died. However, they continued to share that Jesus Christ reestablished His Church in these last days restoring prophets, apostles, ordnances, Priesthood offices, temples and other scriptures such as The Book of Mormon (another testimony of Christ) on the Earth. After several weeks of the missionaries coming to our home, one day, not knowing why, I decided to really know more about this restoration where I began to ponder and read over the things they shared. I then put to test a promise in the Book of Mormon (Moroni 10:5) that if I read and asked Heavenly Father that I would receive an answer if the teachings were true. I prayed but didn't receive an answer right away - I studied more and then it was during a discussion with the missionaries that I received a peaceful but powerful answer that the fullness of the Gospel was restored. The Holy Ghost bore witness to me that the things the missionaries taught were of Christ and were absolutely true - several years later after my parents saw my unwavering consistency, they let me be baptized.

How I live my faith

This fullness of the Gospel that is restored on the Earth today brings great peace and joy not only to me but my family. When I was a newly baptized member of the Church, I was impressed that there were no paid clergy, but everyone served expecting no monetary compensation. One of the great joys of service brought into my life has been the opportunity to work with the youth in scouting (including my kids) where we not only taught practical life skills of the outdoors (and yes, I got to cook and eat!) but also to practice key core Christian values that would serve as the foundation of many of the youth’s character in the future (such as willing to serve and to give back to society). My wife and I have also serve together in other capacities by assisting those in state hospitals, cleaning up the community parks to serving on local community boards and city steering committees. We even had an opportunity to serve in various capacities while living in Costa Rica. I have been blessed to serve and to be served no matter where my family and I have lived - I am grateful for the Savior's example - for these rich gifts in my life. It is also wonderful to see others serving in various roles out of the goodness of their hearts -this is truly charity - this is the Gospel of Jesus Christ.