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Hi I'm David Olson

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the father of two children. My wife and I were married while I was finishing graduate school. We even decided to start our family my last year of school. It was not a hard decision to start a family before I started my career because we knew it was the right thing to do. I was blessed to find a good job right out of school. I literally started my job in another state just a week after graduation. I worked as an engineer at a leading aerospace company. It was a great job, but eventually there was a significant reduction in force and I lost my job after almost 4 years. There was a lot of uncertainty for our little family. We now had two kids, a mortgage, and no job. I worked hard to find a new job. I got an offer for a new job 2,000 miles away. We agonized over the decision. Most of our family lived where I was working - or within a day's drive. We would now be a 3 to 4 days drive to most of our family. We took the plunge and moved. Looking back we are glad we did it. We have grown in ways we could not have in our old home.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a 6th generation Mormon. You might think I had no other choice growing up. But you would be wrong. I was blessed with wonderful parents who truly lived what they believed. They are both profound examples of Christ-like love. My parents instilled in me the importance of finding out for myself if the church was true or not. I read the Book of Mormon as a youth and remember the way it made me feel. It made me feel like I should make good choices and be a good person. I made my fair share of mistakes as a youth, but my faith anchored me. My understanding and relationship with Jesus Christ grew and I knew I was making the right choice. I served a mission for the Church when I was 19. My mission made me realize how important it is to live the Gospel. When you are teaching someone the Gospel, I believe they have a sense of how deep your own belief runs. I knew I had to fully commit myself to living by Christ's teachings in order to be an effective missionary. By striving to live as a true Christian I came to know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was the true Church.

How I live my faith

Living with a wife and two kids is a good reminder for me that I must always live in accordance with my beliefs. Getting married was good for me because it gave me a chance to focus on someone other than myself. Having kids has taken that to the next level. Service is a key Christian attribute. I am grateful for my marriage and children and the privilege I have to serve them. As a member of the Church I have had many more opportunities to serve others I might not otherwise have known. Every month I make home teaching visits with another member of the congregation. Not long ago I taught a family whose father had died in a car accident some years ago. They had two very energetic young boys. As a widow with two boys, she had few opportunities for alone time. My teaching partner and I were able to help her by offering free babysitting every month. I still feel like I got the best end of the deal since I loved spending time with her boys.