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Hi I'm David

I am an attorney, trustee & judge. I love my wife & family. Jesus is my Advocate, Judge & Savior. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

For months the thought had stayed with me that I should inscribe a pen with a significant phrase. Recently I purchased 700 red pens inscribed with these words: “What joy & marvelous light I did behold. My soul was filled with joy.” Then I felt foolish to have spent nearly $500, not knowing exactly what I was going to do with them. But now, I am enjoying at least once a day giving a pen to a person as a gift – the color representing the blood of Jesus Christ – the words quoted on it symbolizing the possibility of our joyful journey lighted by Him -- and more. When about 18 years old, I decided to seriously investigate and explore the church I had until then attended as a social ritual, and its claims that a boy about my age had seen angels, talked with God, and translated from gold plates the 500+ page Book of Mormon in a few months time and organized a church all while in his teens and early 20s. To the time of my decision I had not concerned myself much with living a saintly life. Nor did I know if or what I believed or why. I was “Mormon” or a “Latter Day Saint” in name only. To begin my investigation, I hiked alone into Wasatch mountains and read the Book of Mormon from cover to cover in a few days. Years later I came to see a parallel of my teenage existence with Alma the Younger, the character from the Book of Mormon who is quoted on the pen. So, the pen symbolizes an ongoing journey of exploration and discovery. And it is also evidence of truth.

Why I am a Mormon

The words on the pen are just beyond midpoint of a sublime “poem” whose beauty I am still discovering, and hope to share with you here. In the 36th Chapter of the section of the Book of Mormon bearing his name, and in an ancient literary form of inverse repetition known as “chiasmus” (a term based on the Greek letter chi [x]), Alma poetically testifies to his son. "In an unusually extended and complex example, Alma recounts his miraculous conversion in a 1,200 word narrative, in the course of which 18 word groups are unfolded, then repeated in 18 mirror images with absolutely perfect symmetry (Alma 36). The fulcrum on which the chiasm rests is the word “atone,” nestled between a recollection “of one Jesus Christ, a son of God” and a cry of his heart to “Jesus, thou Son of God.” On the fallen side of the chiasm, for example, we find attacks on the church, physical paralysis, fear of God’s presence, and the pains of a damned soul. On the redeemed side of the chiasm we have joy “as exceeding as was my pain,” longing for God’s presence, physical restoration, and missionary labors." Terry L. Givens, By the Hand of Mormon: The American Scripture that Launched a New World Religion, (Oxford University Press, 2001). The existence of the complex chiasmus there and elsewhere in the Book of Mormon supports the idea that young Joseph could not have imagined and created the book – especially as such literary forms were essentially unknown at that time. So, Alma’s testimony, recorded in the manner it was, provides a rational basis for beginning to believe. Among other things, those who would reject Joseph and Alma’s experiences as fabrications have to overcome the existence of the chiasmus. It doesn’t prove, but it helps open the possibility door toward belief and faith. Beyond all of that, I am grateful that God whispers and warms me personally, giving me comfort and knowledge -- reassurance and love. God is real. Jesus is our Saviour.

How I live my faith

I love to teach youth in my church -- and in my profession as a judge and attorney. I was thrilled to teach the New Testament all last year to a group of teenage kids, and the Book of Mormon this year to another group of teens. Presently I am also the executive secretary to the High Priests Group leadership in my ward. We care for and watch over the single sisters in our neighborhood and others in need. My job is to make sure no one falls through the cracks and or becomes lost.