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Hi I'm Dave

I'm a biomedical engineering scientist and software developer. I run a free coding club for kids in my spare time. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm the oldest child of four and I'm a father of a son and daughter. My wife and I live in Iowa, where I work as a scientific programmer at a state university. My background is in physics and biomedical engineering so I love to take apart things and repairing them (more often than not). The best part of my day is coming home and playing with my kids. I am a survivor of suicide - my closest brother took his own life in 2005. It was devastating and I spent years wondering why he did. Both of us have struggled with addiction and we had both become active in support groups. His death shook me to my foundations and I had to re-examine my life, my faith, and my relationship to God. I saw that there were a lot of things I needed to change - I recognized that I believed in Christ, but I didn't believe Christ. Since then, I have gained a deep and meaningful relationship with Christ. And even though I still falter in my trust sometimes, I know now that I can trust Him with all of me - He has become my Jesus and my Savior. And I know that he loves all of me.

Why I am a Mormon

I gained a witness of the Book of Mormon in my teens, and it has strengthened me through some incredibly difficult times in my life. As I've struggled and grown in my understanding of God and my relationship with Him, the scriptures have guided me to know Him and how much He loves me. Several years ago, my brother took his life while battling alcoholism. We were very close when we were younger, and his death was the worst thing I have ever experienced. Knowing that my family can be eternal has helped me deal with his passing and know that he isn't lost from us.

How I live my faith

I love to discuss the gospel with my friends and coworkers who aren't of my faith. The gospel is such an amazing thing and I really enjoy telling others what the Lord has done for me. I've had the chance to teach Sunday School in my congregation a number of times and it's always an uplifting experience for me.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

I love telling people this answer! Sincere prayer to my Heavenly Father has always lead me to the right answer to questions I've had in my life. And as often as not it hasn't been the answer that I wanted! That's one of the reasons I know that it's the Lord's way of answering my prayers, because the answer doesn't depend on my personal preference. And when I've decided to ignore His answer and do what I want to, it's always turned out to be a bad decision. The same principle applies to the Gospel: prayer and study leads us know His will for us, and His will is always the path to joy and peace. It's often not the easiest road to take, but it's ALWAYS the worthwhile one. Show more Show less