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Hi I'm David

I was born in WA, got a math and physics degree from Willamette U. and worked in the nuclear industry. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am your average joe, enjoyed playing sports all my life, loved being outdoors and enjoyed camping, hunting and fishing with my dad, did some easy mountain climbing (Hood, Adams) and just enjoyed life. When I was in college, I took a religion class. I went to a church service with my girl friend once or twice in a couple of years, and I thought that if I was ever to get involved with a religion, it was going to be one that allowed me to believe almost anything that I wanted to. After a divorce, I married a LDS girl and discovered the LDS church. After meeting with the missionaries for nearly a year, I decided that my old way was not the right way, and realized the LDS church offered something that really surprised me, structure and authority. That was 39 years ago and I have never looked back. I have been active in the LDS church ever since and have enjoyed raising my 5 sons and 2 daughters. I started a stamp collection when I was about 9 years old, and continued until I was 30 and got dissatisfied with the quality and quantity of the engravings of US stamps, and unfortunately, none of my 23 grandchildren have shown an interest in collecting stamps. If they only knew what they could have by only asking. I am now interested in maintaining my yard, helping my children with home projects, and researching my family history. I enjoy swimming and try to swim a half mile a day during the summer. It is great to have a local neighborhood pool available.

Why I am a Mormon

I chose to join the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, the Mormons, because with all my heart I know that Heavenly Father and his son Jesus Christ appeared to the young boy Joseph Smith and instructed him in their plan for him to establish their church once again on the earth. I know that because I have prayed as to whether that was true, and a deep feeling of peace and warmth came over me to confirm it was true. It took me nearly a year to get to a point where I was truely sincere in my desire, and was willing to commit to live the commandments (the law of tithing was a stumbling block). It was a decision that I have never regretted. The concept of authority was important to me as I investigated the church and learned more in how it came to be and in its beliefs. The fact that most other churches were founded by individuals who thought the gospel meant this or that which was different that what was being taught at the time bothered me. With that reasoning, anyone could establish a church to believe practically whatever they personally thought was right. And in my college years I thought that is what I would want in a church if I ever wanted to belong to a church, which at that time I didn't want to. But as I got thinking about it as I was talking with the LDS missionaries, it seemed to me that either it didn't matter what church I joined because none of them would have any more authority than any other, or it mattered very much, and this concept of authority just clicked in my mind. That seemed to be the only logical explanation to me, ie, either it didn't matter or it really did. So, after prayer and time to contemplate this delima, it just clicked with me that authority did matter, and so I needed to know if what Joseph Smith said happened to him really happened to him. I received the answer to my prayer slowly but surely; if I am a better person than I was 39 years ago, it is because of my membership in the LDS church and how Jesus has blessed me.

How I live my faith

One thing about the Mormon church is they believe everyone is importand and everyone needs to serve others. So I have had the opportunity to serve in the church organizations, and organizations they support (for me the Boy Scouts) over the past 39 years. I have served in youth organizations for probably 25 of my 39 years as I have raised 5 boys and 2 girls. I have served as youth athletic coaches in soccer and baseball while my boys were of that age. While I am very competitive, I have tried to instill in those youth that winning was not the only thing, that sportsmanship mattered, and they need to do their best. I have worked with adults as well, and have always tried to be supportive by volunteering for things that people have needed to be done. I like accomplishing worth while tasks, the best ones are for someone else. My favorite Christmas story is about a man who notices a poor family who needs wood to heat their cabin in the winter, takes his sons out and cuts up a wagon load of good seasoned wood, takes it over to the cabin while the family is gone, and is grateful for a snow storm that covers their tracks when they finish unloading so there will be no questions asked. Mormons believe in keeping their body both spiritually and physically clean. As a convert I used to drink alcoholic beverages. I committed at baptism to stop that practice, and for a while I still kept a small bottle of alcohol in our house. Finally I decided that it was not even appropriate to have it in the house and out it went. While I am tolerant of those who do choose to drink, I have no desire to do so. I also enjoyed jogging but that came to an abrupt end when I did some improper lifting while reroofing a house and ended up with a heniated disc. The doctor said it would only aggrivate my condition, so now I just walk. As I get older and retired, I try to watch out for some of the widows in our ward and visit them and help them out in any way that I am able. I