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Hi I'm David

I am the oldest of 4 kids, a runner, a film student, and I am a Mormon

About Me

I am a 20 year old guy who is going to college to become a cinematographer. I love capturing all of the beautiful things in life. Things that sometimes seem 'normal' to one person can seem so foreign to another. I love to take that approach when I am looking at the world as much as possible. Finding the amazing in the ordinary can create a sense of wonder while in this world. I am the oldest of 4 siblings and I love my family. I have been so blessed to have them in my life when I needed support. My family comes before anything else. My parents told me when I was growing up that my siblings would become my best friends when I was older. I never believed my parents and I thought that my best friends were people who didn't have the same last name as me. Now though I do consider my sister and two brothers my closest friends. I am really competitive. I will play just about any game as long as there is a competition. This can backfire on me every now and again when I miss out on having fun by only focusing on winning, its something I am still working on. Basketball is one of my favorite sports because of the teamwork aspect, and that the game is very free flowing.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because the standards of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints matches up with mine. I love how the church places an emphasis on families. The family is so important. Even if a family doesn't appear to be a traditional family the love and support that you receive from them is what matters most. The way that I chose to be a Mormon was by reading the Book of Mormon. At the end of the Book of Mormon it gives an interesting challenge to the reader. The last writer in the book asks the reader to pray about the book. He says that if you ask with sincerity and with an open heart that you, as an individual, can receive an answer. That challenge was interesting to me. Why not just test it out? If it doesn't work there is no harm. But if I do receive an answer that this is true, then I know that there is a God and that this is the direction he wants me to go. I took the challenge. Angels did not fly around to greet me. No lightning bolt came down to tell me. Instead I felt this warmth inside of me. It is almost impossible to describe while being impossible to forget. This overwhelming joy and peace that I felt was the conformation that this book was true scripture and that this was a way for me to grow closer to my Heavenly Father.

How I live my faith

I had the opportunity to be a full time missionary, unfortunately I had to come home due to medical issues. When I first came home the doctors believed I was suffering from panic attacks. The medicine they gave me was not working so they tried to re-diagnose me. This time they thought I had epilepsy. After having them hook up about 24 wires to my head and having me stay up for 48 straight hours the tests came back negative. It was probably the only time in my life I was upset that a medical test came back negative. The doctors continued to look at me and try to figure out what was wrong. Though it was frustrating through out this process I continued to have faith that my Heavenly Father knew what was best for me. I am now diagnosed with non-epileptic seizures, which means they can be cured. While some people may have lost faith in God while going through a very tough time, I hung on to the hope that God would never leave me alone. In the 1st Epistle of John chapter 4 verse 18 and 19 it talks about how fear can't live with love. That is how I see my relationship with God. I do not fear that God will forget me or lead me down a wrong path. Instead I try to show my love for God by serving others and letting others know that God loves them too. There isn't a more comforting feeling than knowing that there is a God and that he knows you as an individual and that he loves you.