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Hi I'm David

I'm a gospel-preachin', northern California-beachin', traveling-European, who lives for grilled pineapple. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My story starts in California where I was born and raised. I've grown up with a loving mom and dad, two older sisters to look up to, and two younger brothers to pick on. I love my family with all my heart. I once tried to be the next Billy Joel piano man, but the keys on the piano became too sharp for my fingers to handle. I then tried to become the next Prefontaine legendary athlete, but I didn't quite have the backbone to compete (literally). I thought maybe a long-boarding slacker could be the life for me, but the longer my hair grew, the more it flipped-out. So I guess creating "me" has come from a lot of trial and error that has shaped me and molded me into someone I can't describe in 1500 characters. Through the ups and downs of life I have come to be one who loves serving and helping others; I find the greatest satisfaction and joy in seeing others have happiness or progress in something I have created or been a part of. I am someone who loves eating fruit and anything barbequed, would rather be outdoors than in front of a T.V., and am a master when it comes to planning spontaneous road trips. My journey through life has taken me from Ohio where I once served as a missionary to bring others unto Christ, to Utah, where I attend college. Through it all my family has been most important to me. My family is the biggest support team I've got and the largest motivating factor for me to do anything. I love my family, I love my testimony of Jesus Christ, and I love my life.

Why I am a Mormon

My roots are deeply planted in the Mormon faith. My parents, both converts to the church, saw the strength and necessity of having Jesus Christ at the center of their lives and relationship and raised us five kids in the church. From the age of 4 you could hear me singing "I am a child of God" and telling you that a wise man builds his house upon rocks. You will still hear me singing today, but growing up a Mormon still requires one to take his faith and solidify it into testimony. I'm a Mormon because of my Spiritual experiences with the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ. As a teenager, I read the promise in the back of the book that says anyone who reads the Book of Mormon, ponders the message it contains, and asks our Heavenly Father in prayer if the book is true, can receive a spiritual manifestation that the book is indeed inspired of God. As I sincerely sought the truth and asked God if the Book of Mormon is true, I became overwhelmed with a warmth, joy, and peace that is hard to put into words. As I continue to study from the Book of Mormon and the Bible, I find further enlightenment and positive force influencing my life and everyday actions. Anything that influences us to do good and be happier is of God. Because I know that the Book of Mormon is true, I can know that Joseph Smith (who translated the Book of Mormon) is a prophet of God and that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the only true church on the earth. It's that simple. Knowing this helps me to have greater perspective of the world around me. Knowing why I am who I am helps me to make the choices and changes in my life necessary to return to live with my Father in Heaven again someday - which is what I want out of this life more than anything: eternal life.

How I live my faith

Living my faith is a day-to-day necessity. My days begin, end, and are filled with prayer. I read from the scriptures daily and from them seek direction, stability, and peace. Sunday is the Sabbath, and everyday is a day to worship and remember our Savior, Jesus Christ. For two years I lived my faith by serving as a missionary in northern Ohio. The purpose of a missionary is to invite others to come unto Christ, thus helping others find greater and deeper happiness through the gospel. It has been one of the greatest things I have ever done in my life! I continue to be missionary-minded and strive to serve others. I am always growing in my testimony and love of the gospel. I live my faith by trying to live as Christ would want me to - like Him.

Why is family so important to Mormons?

David
We believe that family relationships extend beyond the grave - that meaning that our families can be together forever! Our Heavenly Father places us in family units to provide us with a place to grow, learn, gain experience, and be happy. Although no family is perfect, they are evidence of our Father in Heaven's love for us, His children, and provide a small example of how important we are to Him. Show more Show less

Why do Mormon missionaries proselyte?

David
I have knocked on many doors, stopped many on the streets, and entered into many homes as a missionary. Our church has a missionary proselyting program to share the "good news" or gospel! We come to share our testimonies with others and invite everyone to learn more about how God has again reached out to His children in love and has called another prophet on the earth to guide and teach us. We proselyte to share what has made us happy and what we have found to be true through much study and prayer. It's a wonderful thing! Show more Show less