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Hi I'm David

I had Mormon pioneer ancestors, but I still had to find out if the church was true and right for me.

About Me

My wife and I have five wonderful, adult daughters. I love my wife and my daughters. The experiences I have had as a husband and father are my sources of greatest joy and fulfillment. I grew up at the foot of the Tetons and love camping, hiking, climbing and lying under a sky filled with a million stars. I am constantly amazed at how beautiful the world is. I am grateful to be a Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

I had the priviledge of being a missionary for the church for two years just after I turned 20. I paid my own way; it was difficult, but it was an incredible adventure. I learned to love the people of France and Belgium where I served, and there is no better way for a young man to learn what is important in life than helping others understand that God loves them and that life has purpose. The area of my mission included many of the major battle fields of World War 1 & 2. Close to the American Military Cemetery in Luxembourg, there is a German Military Cemetery. The arc of thousands of white crosses in the American cemetery and hundreds and hundreds of black stones each with 40 names in the German cemetery were very sobering. Seeing the sacrifice of others so clearly marked helped me to deeply feel the tragedy of war and the importance of friends and family and relative unimportance of wealth and power. I believe that there is a God, that all men and women are his children, and that he loves all of us as much or more than I love my children. So why does God permit us to be so mean to each other? I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a Mormon, because I find answers in the church doctrine to this question and help in becoming a kinder, more complete person. I believe that we are here on earth with a purpose: to be able to have the experiences and choices to enable us to mature to become more like our Father in Heaven. The church provides the structure and essential ordinances for our development. To mature, we have to have the capacity to choose to between being kind and being unkind, between good and evil. Though hard to accept in the moment of pain, God permits us to experience the struggles, suffering, and triumphs of mortality for our eventual joy. The joy of a woman first holding her newborn is the best comparison I know; the is pain forgotten. Mortality is like a second of our future eternity with God. He will make it right.

How I live my faith

Our church doesn't have a paid ministry; we all get to serve each other. Some opportunites to serve seem like a natural fit: I love the outdoors, and I've been asked to serve as a scout master several times. Other opportunities for service are more challenging: when my wife and I were first married, we were asked to teach a Sunday School class of 12 three-year olds; (we ended up having children anyway). But in either case, we develop new talents as we share and strengthen familier ones.