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Hi I'm David

I grew up in Arizona. I work for an investment firm. I'm officially an amateur author. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My wife and I met through a mutual friend and immediately hit it off. Within a week we went on our first official date and have spent just about all of our free time together since. We've been married for almost eight years now and are currently in the middle of becoming certified for adoption. So, that means we might just have a little child running around our house and making a mess before we know it - and I can't wait! Here are a few things about myself - I've started writing books as a hobby. One was published last year called The Revival and I've started the first stages of at least two others. My writing always tends to lean towards the supernatural, especially monsters - after all, all books/movies should have a monster in it. Whenever we go to the movies, no matter the genre, I find myself hoping to see a monster or a warlock, or alien, or even an over-sized sea creature for heavens sake. But, sadly I am often disappointed. Why couldn't they throw in a dragon at the end of 500 days of summer? Sheesh! I would love to learn to fly, but got pretty sick on a introductory flying lesson. Though I don't even like roller coasters so I don't know what I was expecting. Other things I like to do include playing Xbox with my wife (mainly co-op shooters), reading, playing basketball, going camping and just hanging with my brothers.

Why I am a Mormon

My believes are the result of three major decisions I've made: IS THERE A GOD? WHICH RELIGION IS CORRECT? WHICH CHURCH IS JESUS' CHURCH? Now, I didn't come to be a Mormon because I sat down and answered these three questions on day. Instead, it simply started by reading the Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon is comprised of the writings of many prophets that lived anciently on the American continent, just like how the Bible is comprised of the writings of old world prophets. After reading it for several months, I began to notice a change happening within myself. I found that I had a lot more patience. I also felt more forgiving, more love for my parents and siblings, and more faith in Jesus Christ. I didn't realize it at the time, but I was going through a much needed change of heart. About half way through, I reached the part that described how Jesus Christ visited the people on the American continent after he resurrected. That passage provided so much additional insight to who Jesus is. It was an additional witness to me that Jesus truly is the son of God and that he did live again and had taken my sins and fears and pains upon himself. After I finished reading it in its entirety, I prayed and asked God whether the book I had just read was truly written by his prophets and if the things it teaches are true. I immediately felt a confirmation of the Holy Ghost. It felt like my heart had been pricked. I felt an overwhelming amount of love from my heavenly father and my mind was clear and calm. I knew heavenly father had answered my prayer. This was the beginning of my conversion. I had grown up in the church, but had never actually tried to discover for myself whether the church was true until I was a teenager. I have since served a mission for the church in Brazil, been married in the temple for time and all eternity with my wife, and have had continuous confirmations of my faith by the holy ghost and have been blessed to see many miracles.

How I live my faith

My wife Bonnie and I teach the class 0f 7-8 year olds each Sunday. It is actually a very fun calling. I feel like I learn more from them than I could possibly try to teach them. Bonnie is also the choir director for our ward (its what we call a congregation). I used to teach a troop of scouts on Wednesday nights before being called to primary and before that I taught a new member class. In the church, every member is called to serve in some capacity and those roles get changed often. No one gets paid - not even the bishop (minister). We all have our normal jobs and anything we do for the church we do on our own time. I truly believe this is the way the lord intended it. We are supposed to serve each other and its not service if you get paid money to do it.

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

David
It is a witness one receives from the holy ghost. When we pray with faith, Heavenly Father answers our prayers through the holy ghost and that is how we can know the truthfulness of the gospel. Show more Show less

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

David
By living the way Jesus taught and following his example. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

David
No but we respect him and are grateful for him just like we respect all of the other prophets in the Bible and the Book of Mormon. Show more Show less