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Hi I'm David

I was a Senior IT project manager, before I retired then I learned to be a carpenter. A big change and an old picture!

About Me

I retired when I was 55 so I could take my family west to keep a promise I made to my wife. I found the sudden change from a highly stressful and demanding job as a Senior IT Project Manager to... well... nothing, very hard so I went to the local community college and studied Carpentry and Woodworking. I now know how to, and can, build things that I never thought I could. Pretty much anything you can build out of wood. I love the challenge of learning new things and having my understanding of those things tested. Hence my love of education. I have taken culinary arts courses; studied several martial arts for many, many years; and a lot of other things as I'm interested in almost everything. I'm dyslexic to boot so it adds a bit of extra challenge to things. more fun! I play computer games to relax and I am, probably, one of the slowest Saturday comic readers you've ever seen; since I not only read them, but really look at the artwork of each frame. I'm married to a wonderful woman and we're parents of two adopted children who are now in their terrible twenties (early). They're generally good kids but sometimes it seems they have a sometimes hard time keeping their wheels on the tracks.

Why I am a Mormon

I left organized religion behind me when I was 14 after cutting a deal with my Mom that if I got confirmed I didn't have to go anymore. So I did and I left. However, it didn't leave me. I looked into a lot of religions but, for me, they were all missing something. I called myself an agnostic during these times. My research of other religions brought me to a conclusion that they all seemed to be talking about the same core values... what I came to call "the true religion/Church", but each religion/Church seemed to focus on only a few parts of the true religion/Church. A few years after I was married the missionaries knocked on my door and I let them in. After a few discussions, we changed the night so my wife could join us and they asked my wife if she would be baptized after the second discussion and she said yes. It took me a week to reflect on all we discussed to decide that the Church was close enough to at least join. It took me about 7 years of reading, studying, and being in callings (voluntold Church positions ;-) ,not really, but that's a quick way to explain the concept of callings), to move from this Church was "close enough" to its actually being the "true Church". I'm a Mormon because I now know that this the true Church that I so long ago was looking for... so where else could I go now to look? How could I be anything else but a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a Mormon, knowing that?

How I live my faith

I try to do better each day at being the best person I can be... but I often end the day disappointed. Nevertheless, I keep an attitude of "How can I help?" which helps with my callings, since I have a couple and life in general. Everyday I work hard to hear the still, small voice that tells me how to be the best example of a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that I can be... which is all we really can do.

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

David
While I concur with the official response, I have a more controversial view to explain why the Lord has set things as they are. My experience in the Church has shown that women have such a tremendous sense of service, for their families and to others, and such an important role within their own family as instructor, care-giver, and role model that men, husbands, need to have service requirements thrust upon them by the priesthood so that they can come close to the monumental examples provided by their spouses. The priesthood allows men to have a chance to stand equal to their spouse in the eyes of God. That is why the Lord has set things as they are, we men have a lot to learn regarding service and the priesthood is a way for men to learn it. This is why women don't need to hold the priesthood in this life. How President Hinckley covered women leading in the Church is perfect for me. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

David
While the Official response is enlightening as to why we do not have a paid clergy it seems to me to be a more wordy response to this question than the one that I found in the Book of Mormon in Alma 30: 33-34 when Alma was asked this same question but in the form of an accusation.... "33 And notwithstanding the many labors which I have performed in the church, I have never received so much as even one senine for my labor; neither has any of my brethren, save it were in the judgment-seat; and then we have received only according to law for our time. 34 And now, if we do not receive anything for our labors in the church, what doth it profit us to labor in the church save it were to declare the truth, that we may have rejoicings in the joy of our brethren?" I think that Alma pretty much nails it. Show more Show less