What Is a Church Community?

The video player could not be built.

Do you want to chat with a missionary?

We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Start a chat or call us at 1-888-537-6600.

Hi I'm David

I'm a Mormon. I am a father of three children, work as a physician, and enjoy spending time outdoors.

About Me

I'm a father of three children. I am a gastroenterologist. I I enjoy being outdoors, and I go on my sons scouting activities when available. I also enjoy fishing and computers. My wife has a doctoral degree in education and loves history. She is a stay at home mom. She has a real talent for cooking and hopes to get back into doing something in her field when our kids get a little older.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in rural Virginia in a small town of 6-9,000 people. My grandparents moved to that area in the 50's so that my grandfather could work at one of the local paper mills. My grandmother was a very Christian lady who was active in the local Methodist church and was always offering a helping hand to those in need. The Mormon missionaries came through our town and my grandmother with some Southern hospitality and always willing to talk to someone about the Bible, invited them into her home for a meal. They gave her a discussion and Book of Mormon. She read through the book and prayed about what the missionaries where teaching her and reports feeling the same feelings she had grown accustomed to when she read the Bible. She became convinced that what the Book of Mormon was a the word of God and she joined the church. Her faith is something I learned to appreciate and trust. She was one of the first three members of the church in that small town. They didn't have a baptismal font and she was baptized in the river in the middle of November. She was instrumental for the growth of the church in that area. Eventually the rest of her family become converted to the church. My dad and his brother, helped build the first chapel in the small town. I grew up in the church, with parents and grandparents who were a constant source of strength to me, but growing up in a small town and being different than everyone else was tough. I got teased. Around the age of 14-15, I decided I needed to find out if what they believed was true. I read through the Book of Mormon for the first time and started to really pray. I received an answer to my prayer, and since that time I have on occasion felt that same confirmation from Heavenly Father, as I have served in the church as missionary in Southern France and in my callings in the church thus far. I am very grateful for the example of good people in my life who taught me to pray.

How I live my faith

I am currently called to be a Sunday School teacher. I also help out in the Scout troop when time allows. As a family, we try to read scriptures together and hold family prayer. We do a lot of family activities together, and hold family home evening. My daughter came up to me the other day and told me that whenever we read scriptures together, she feels something change in our home, and everyone is peaceful and calm. I was able to teach her that this is one way that Father speaks to us, that the fruits of the spirit are peace and love. It is neat to see her at a young age start to understand that God lives and loves us. More than anything, i want my children to have their own relationship with Father in Heaven and learn to pray to him for answers to their prayers and be able to determine for themselves the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon.