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Hi I'm David

I study accounting and opera at Binghamton Univ. I returned from my mission in the West Indies (Dutch speaking) in August 2014

About Me

My dad is from Barranquilla, Colombia and my mom is from Salt Lake, but they both ended up in Maryland, where I've grown up. I have three brothers and no sisters. I speak Spanish, because of my dad, and I spent my last semester with Binghamton University studying abroad in Madrid, Spain to practice. I also study operatic vocal technique at school, I'm a bass. Very soon I'll be heading to the Provo MTC to prepare for my mission in The Republic of Suriname. I have to learn Dutch, my third language, and the hardest so far.

Why I am a Mormon

I suppose it started just because of my mom's membership, but eventually one realizes that that is just not enough. It wasn't really until my late teens that I started thinking more about it. After going to college for a while I really started to know that my ideas for moral standards are lined up with the church. I've seen people driven crazy by the bad choices that they've made in college, that aren't even a possibility for me. I've also met a lot of great members, who have shared their faith with me. For me it was really the spiritual experiences I had along the way that cemented my faith in the church.

How I live my faith

When I was a Priest I was called to be the First Assistant to the Quorum and Stake Youth Committee Representative. That is the time in my teenage years when I learned the most about the truthfulness of the gospel. I was given the opportunity to serve. My favorite was activity was a Priest Quorum trip to Philadelphia, where we visited historical sites, the old Italian Market and ate some Philly cheese steaks. Once I got to college it was a little more hectic, because I moved to a new ward, but came back home for breaks . However, I was a teacher in the Elders quorum for a while in Binghamton, which was kind of hard because I was also the youngest member of the quorum. Then, another learning experience was living in Spain for 4 months, studying abroad. I was all alone and had to choose; church or no church. No one could force me to get up on Sunday morning, but I tried it and realized more and more that it was worth it. The cherry on the top of my faith was my mission. I served in Suriname, South America, a part of the West Indies Mission. That hard work and sacrifice taught me more than I can write or say.