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Hi I'm Dave Pitcher

I'm a Risk Manager for a large public transit agency. I'm a bagpiper and a College Hockey Coach and I am a Mormon.

About Me

Besides my hometown of Calgary, I have lived in several places including Texas, California, Quebec and Utah. I have had quite a variety of careers as well - hotel clerk, collections agent, ambulance technician (EMT), soldier, operating room techician, claims adjuster and my current career as a risk manager. My wife and I have been married for more than three decades and we are looking forward to an eternity together. We have five kids, four kids-in-law, 11 granddaughters and 2 grandsons. I look around when we are all together and I can't believe what a blessing it is to have so many wonderful people in my life. I enjoy sports and with five kids I've coached over 30 youth sports teams in football, basketball, soccer and baseball. Over the past decade I've been coaching youth hockey and love it! I'm currently a coach on the Brigham Young University men's hockey team. I've always loved the music of the bagpipes and a few years ago I decided to learn to play them. It has been a lot of fun to play the bagpipes both solo and with a band. I have had the opportunity to use my talent for weddings, funerals and other performances as a service to others. I don't take payment for playing - I do it because I love to do it. I never finished my college degree, so I've decided to go back to school and finish up what I started as a young man. I'm hoping to get a degree in psychology and go on to specialize in sports psychology.

Why I am a Mormon

While I was born and raised in the LDS Church, one cannot continue to be an active member without becoming converted. Such was the case with me. I recall a conversation with a co-worker a number of years ago. She was upset because her adult son had joined the LDS Church. As we discussed it I found that she was angry not because he had become a Mormon, but it was because the LDS Church declares itself to be the only true church of Jesus Christ. She felt that it didn't matter what church one belonged to as long as you were a "good" person. In fact, she didn't feel affiliation with any religious organization was necessary as long as you were "good". I asked her to define what "good" was and for the most part, because of our common judeo-christian backgrounds we agreed on many things - nevertheless, there were things that we did not agree on. There are literally thousands of religions in the world (and I include in that those who don't profess a religion because whether they admit it or not they have faith in something - ie science). All of these groups set their own standards as to what they believe "good" to be. I frequently listen to Christian radio broadcasts, and even on the same station I've heard preachers who disagree with each other, even over fundamental doctrine. They cannot all be right. The LDS Church not only declares itself to be the only true church of Jesus Christ, but it encourages those who seek the truth to find out for themselves. The epistle of James in the New Testament was addressed to those truth seekers of our day and in the very first chapter James states that any man who wants knowledge of the truth can, with a sincere heart, ask God and God will answer. Why am I a Mormon? Because God has answered my prayer and God continues to answer my prayers and I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is exactly what the name says it is - the only true Church of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I have found a great deal of satisfaction in my service in the LDS Church. Those who serve in the Church do so without pay - it is all volunteer, including the local leadership of the Church. Probably the most familiar face of the Church are the young missionaries who serve full time missions for the Church for two years. The only thing paid for by the Church is transportation to and from the location where the missionary will serve. I had the opportunity to serve in leadership callings in the Church as a youth. I then served a two year mission to eastern Canada where I learned to speak French. It was a wonderful experience for me. Since then I have had many opportunities to teach classes at Church; serve members of my local congregation and even those in my neighborhood who are not members of the LDS Church. I've also had leadership opportunities in the Church which have helped me to be a better husband and father in my own home.