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Hi I'm Dave

I'm an electrical engineer and work with computers on a large scale. I also love writing fantasy novels. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My wife and I are "empty nesters" with two grown children. We moved to rural Colorado to enjoy its beauty and make "small town" connections with many wonderful friends. I'm an electrical engineer and work for a large computer corporation from home. In my spare time I like to motorcycle, particularly dirt-biking high in the San Juan Mountains in our little corner of heaven. I post my ride GPS tracks and pictures on the Internet. I've written several fantasy novels and through these I enjoy exploring the human condition. I've used my publishing skills to help two local non-profit organizations put their information into print. We're active in our community including especially the local community chorus. I'm also an amateur radio operator and am involved in teaching and coaching others to help them get their licenses and get on the air, and I post that on the Internet too. I'm an avid reader of the history of technology, and love the latest books on everything from ham radio lore to the most current thinking on the nature of the universe. And...I'm a Democrat...a flaming one, and find that my political thinking is heavily influenced by my understanding of what Jesus wants us to be and how he wants us to work together cooperatively to make each other's lives better.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents joined the church when I was a toddler, and I was baptized at the age of eight. Through my teen years I particularly enjoyed the intellectual aspects of the Gospel--everything fits together so neatly! While on my two-year mission to the Philippines, I discovered I needed a deeper testimony. It was hard work and took considerable study, dedication, and prayer, all while continuing my missionary labors. My petitions to the Lord were answered and now I can go beyond merely saying that I believe. Rather, I know of a surety, through an unmistakable answer to prayer, that all those missionary efforts were just what I should be doing. That answer has been reinforced hundreds of times since. So when I bear witness that God lives, that Jesus is the Christ, that the Book of Mormon is true, and that this is the Lord's Church once again restored to the earth, I can say that my witness is based on personal revelation. I've been through some tough times in my life when it seemed like all was lost, and I'm not afraid to say that at times all that kept me going was that testimony. It would have been so easy to give it all up, but I knew the Church is the Lord's Church, and I felt his love, and could not deny it. So I dug in for the long term. The Lord has blessed me beyond measure. My wife and I are married for time and all eternity and find that our home is a little bit of heaven on earth. I should add that as a scientist, mathematician, and engineer, I've never found any solid science that conflicts with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. That's because, as the scriptures say, all truth can be circumscribed into one great whole.

How I live my faith

The key thing to understand is that being Mormon is not just an item on a resume, but rather a comprehensive way of life. It permeates everything I do. I strive to be honest and productive. I love to teach, and over the years have taught the Sunday School class designed for non-members who are investigating the church. Recently I've been teaching the main Sunday School class for adult members--last year we did the New Testament and this year we're working on the Book of Mormon. As a stake emergency communications specialist, I help members become ham radio operators and teach them how to participate not only in church-related disaster communications, but with community efforts toward that same goal. I love the hymns of Zion and have been deeply involved in music for many years, currently serving as choir director and recently as an organist. Very recently I was ordained a High Priest and look forward to a new leadership calling.

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

People go where they are comfortable, and the Mormons are a great group to be comfortable with. Each of our wards (local congregations) are like family and you are encouraged to participate fully. But comfort extends to other things. The Gospel just plain makes sense--without any philosophical hocus-pocus to smooth over the rough parts. The Plan of Salvation is clearly spelled out. We know that our relationship with our Heavenly Parents is that of a child to loving parent. When we pray we know to whom we are sending our petition, and we can expect answers as we are worthy to receive them. The Church is exceptionally well-organized, allowing people with no training to step into callings and perform well. I think a key reason the Church grows so rapidly is that the Gospel offers a very concrete structure for our lives, pointing us not just to the present but also to the future. Obedience to Gospel principles brings happiness. Further, repentance and an understanding of true doctrine can turn lives around, bringing people back from the very brink of destruction and into meaningful light and life. Show more Show less