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Hi I'm David

I am a computer programmer (but started my adult life as a geologist) and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I was born near Delta, UT but moved to a ranch (the Cove Ranch) just south of Hailey ID, when I was five. We then moved to a ranch East of Stevensville, MT when I was 11. We moved back to Delta for my Junior and Senior year in high school. There I met Pat Sanderson and was immediately smitten. We dated through my senior year of HS and during my first four years of College at the UofU where I received my BS in Geology. We married in the Manti Temple the week before I graduated. I continued schooling and received my MS degree. I worked for Gulf Mineral resources for eight years exploring for coal and uranium. The energy industry then died and I realized I needed a new profession so went back to the U and received my Computer Scientist degree. I have been a programmer ever since. Pat and I have been married for 42 years as of May 29, 2012, have five children (our second son passed away suddenly in April 2012), and 16 grandchildren. I come from a very large family (2 brothers 6 sisters) and we all love and care for each other very much. I attribute my success and the success of my brothers and sisters to the love and guidance given to us by our wonderful parents. At this date (11/06/12) my dad is 92 and Mom is 87. Both are in relatively good health and are still the heart and soul of our family.

Why I am a Mormon

I have remained active in my Mormon faith because it is so logical to me. I firmly believe that the Godhead is made up of three separate individuals who work as one. When reading the scriptures, I cannot see how a voice from heaven can say that this is my beloved son while Jesus was being baptized if they are a single entity. Of course there is much more to the gospel and all of it makes sense to me. Why would God decide that the people no longer needed a prophet to direct his work on earth. It just makes sense that He would have prophets in the modern days as well as anciently. My family did not attend church regularly when I was a child, but I still always felt that Jesus was my friend and that he was there when ever I needed him. As I grew older, my family did become much more active and my mom and dad were great examples to me on how to server others by living gospel principles. Knowing that Jesus is there to love and support me has greatly helped me to cope with the loss of my middle son in April of 2012. Being a Mormon brings me great joy and satisfaction in this life.

How I live my faith

One of the great functions of the church is to give us many opportunities to serve. Just last week I was privileged to assist in bottling applesauce to be distributed throughout the U.S., and I believe the world, to assist those who are less fortunate. Similarly, I have worked in the pasta factory, dairy and bakery. The church gives each member many opportunities to serve within our own congregation as well. As a home teacher, I have the opportunity to visit four or five families each month to see how they are doing and if they have not attended church for a while, keep them apprised of what is going on in our congregation. I have assisted an elderly couple who were having problems with their drier and was able to get it going again so they would not have the expense of a repairman. Similarly, I have been assisted by others in our congregation when I was re-roofing my home. The LDS church gives us many chances to live Christ like lives by serving others.