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Hi I'm David

I am the father of seven children. I enjoy backpacking with my family. I am a tax professional and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love spending time with my family. As a family, we have a tradition of camping and hiking, but over the last couple years have started backpacking. Our entire family has reached the top of Half-Dome in Yosemite, the bottom of the Grand Canyon (and back to the top again) and Angel's Landing in Zion National Park. I also enjoy photography and hope to spend more time in the future improving my abilities. I am a college graduate with a master's degree in accountancy and have more than 15 years experience in taxation. I work with an investment advisory firm, but also operate my own tax business. Life stays busy, but success at work will not compensate for failure within my family. This belief provides me a foundation on which to base life decisions.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I have a testimony of my Savior Jesus Christ and believe in His Gospel. I grew up in a family of six children - I am the second youngest. When I was seven years old, my father passed away. This caused intense pain for my family. When I look back on this time, as a family, we had two choices. One choice would be angry and to blame God for taking our father/husband from us. This choice would most likely have lead to a life of bitterness and unbelief. The other choice was, in effect, to circle the wagons and rely upon each other, the Savior Jesus Christ and the love of a Heavenly Father. Thankfully, we choose the later option and by doing so have become a stronger family. Although I was raised within a Mormon family and experienced the loss of my father, I spent many years living off my mother's testimony - I didn't seek a personal witness of the truthfulness of the Gospel. It wasn't until I was a teenager that I determined that I needed to have a personal testimony. Thankfully, I spent time studying the scriptures and pleading with my Heavenly Father to help me know for myself the truthfulness of the Gospel. My understanding did not come overnight - it took weeks of study and prayer - but come it did. One teaching of the Gospel is that families can be together forever - that if I live my life correctly (according to the teachings of Jesus) that I will be able to see and be with my earthly father again. My testimony of eternal families has brought me much comfort. I now utilize the Gospel of Jesus Christ as a road map to help me and my family find true happiness in this life and a goal of living together as a family in the life-to-come. One challenge many today face is a constantly changing set of standards to live by. However, the Gospel of Jesus Christ does not change. It is the same as when He was upon the earth and it is so nice to know that I can base my life decisions on eternal principles.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith by my actions. Christ's Gospel is a gospel of action. I live my faith by being faithful to my spouse and showing her the love and support she needs and deserves. I live my faith by trying to the best father I can be for my seven children. I share with my children my love for them and teach them of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I want my children to find true happiness in this life and be prepared to make correct decisions that will enable them to return to our Heavenly Father's presence. I live my faith by accepting opportunities to serve within the church. Currently I am serving as the bishop for our congregation. This provides me opportunities to serve those who live in my area. Part of my responsibilities is to work with the youth. I love serving the youth and spending time with them to better understand their challenges and successes. I love to speak with and encourage them as they strive to better comprehend the purpose of this life and how to find happiness in their personal decisions. I also have opportunities to serve with an interfaith council within our town. This provides me opportunities to work with those of different faiths to determine ways we, as a faith-based community, can work together for the betterment of the community. I live my faith in the daily decisions that I make. I know that I am not perfect, but also know, due to my testimony, that I have a desire to improve on a daily basis. I live my faith by daily studying the scriptures and praying to my Heavenly Father and seeking to better myself.