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Hi I'm David Squires

I have a loving wife and five wonderful children. I am a cancer survivor and a cancer doctor, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

When I was 24, a few weeks before I graduated from college, I discovered that I had acute lymphoblastic leukemia while looking at my blood in a class. It was a very hard time in my life. After explaining how hard and long the treatment was, my doctor recommended that I drop out of college and postpone medical school. I had to know what I should do. The only place to turn was the Lord. From prior experiences, I knew that if I prayed and read the scriptures, especially the Book of Mormon, I would be able to feel the Spirit of God, and then ask Him for guidance. When I felt His answer, I knew what to do and I knew that even though it would be hard, He would help me. I immediately started 3 years of intense chemotherapy. Six months later, I started medical school. Eighteen months later I married my beautiful wife. My oldest of five children was born 2 years after I completed chemotherapy. I graduated from medical school four years later and finished my training as an oncologist (cancer doctor) six years after that. Nineteen years later, I am grateful to be able to use my difficult experience to help other people who are going through similar problems. I know God hears our prayers and that He blesses us as we keep His commandments

Why I am a Mormon

I know that the Book of Mormon is truly another testament of Jesus Christ. I have felt God's love for me and all of His children when I read it. The Book of Mormon strengthens my faith in Christ and teaches me the importance of making and keeping covenants with God. It powerfully and clearly explains the atonement of Jesus Christ and how I can be more like Him. It inspires me to be a more faithful and loving husband, father, and son. My children have also felt God's love for them as they read it. This helps them to be more kind and considerate of others. I know that Joseph Smith was called of God to translate the Book of Mormon and restore the priesthood and the Church of Jesus Christ in these latter days. Through the priesthood power, I have been able to make covenants with God that will last forever and marry my wife for time and all eternity. I feel that this has greatly strengthened my relationship with God and my wife and family. It brings me great peace and joy to know that the relationships that I develop with my family will last forever. I know that we have a living prophet and apostles on the earth today. I feel the Spirit of God as I listen to and study their counsel. If there was ever a time when a prophet of God was needed on the earth, now is that time.

How I live my faith

I am currently serving as a Bishop in my congregation of about 400 people. This takes 15-18 hours a week. It is a sacrifice for me and my family, but I have seen the blessings of the Lord in my life as I serve. I spend a lot of time interviewing people and working with the youth. As I do so, I feel God's love for them. I love serving others and helping them better understand the gospel of Jesus Christ and the power of his atoning sacrifice. I get to work with many other fine men and women who willingly give of their time, talents, and resources to help others both in and out of the church. Through small and simple things, the work of the Lord is done. As a family, we read the scriptures together daily, usually during dinner. This gives us the opportunity to discuss how to apply the gospel. We pray together in the morning and night. We have a special family night weekly. We attend church together and take of the sacrament to remember our baptismal covenants. We fast regularly and pay tithing. We keep the Sabbath day holy. My wife and I visit the nearest temple in Columbia South Carolina monthly. Sometimes I take my older sons with me to visit other families and perform service. My wife and I encourage our children to go to the Lord and find out for themselves the truthfulness of these things.