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Hi I'm Dave S.

I've lived in nine states and Japan before finally stopping in Pennsylvania . . . for now. I'm a new grandpa and an old Mormon.

About Me

As a businessman, I've seen a lot of the world and grown fond of a lot of places and people. But my favorite is the place I now call home and the people I now call family, including two sons-in-law and a darling little grandson who just joined our extended family last year. It may sound trite, but much of my joy in life has been the journey and the adventure of meeting new people and seeing new places along the way. I'm deeply grateful for a wonderful companion of 28 years and three lovely daughters to keep me company along the way, with more joining us starting with my middle daughter's marriage in 2007.

Why I am a Mormon

Despite being blessed with deep roots in our faith which goes back to great-great grandparents on all lines and even a generation or so further on some, all of us have to choose our faith and some time early in our adult life and cannot live long on borrowed light from faithful ancestors. The time for choosing came early for me as my faith was constantly challenged by my professional choices which have taken me to areas of the country and the world where fellow members of my faith are few. Even though I have strayed from the path from time to time, the blessings I've enjoyed have always brought me back home.

How I live my faith

I really try to apply the WWJD (what would Jesus do?) test whenever I am faced with moral dilemmas. Truthfully, I sometimes lack the courage to carry the results of that test forward. I haven't drove any money changers from the temple lately, for instance. But I strive to be honest in my business dealings by writing contracts which are balanced and fair for both sides even though I work for a large corporation and am sometimes tempted to take advantage of smaller organizations overly anxious to do business with us. In the long run, however, I've found that a fair and balanced approach doesn't only pass the WWJD test, but it is good business. In addition to staying involved in the lives of our daughters and their families, my wife and I look after the needs of my 90 year old widowed mother. We also volunteer weekly or more in our local Family History Center Library to help people in tracing their ancestry.