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Hi I'm David

I'm a college student. I love music and athletics. I love the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I'm Mormon.

About Me

I am currently an undergraduate student studying Mechanical Engineering. And while the studies may be demanding, I love spending time outside. I enjoy all kinds of athletic activity, but I have a particular love for soccer and tennis. And although I grew up in California, about 5 minutes away from the beach, I am not that great when it comes to water sports, except perhaps plain old swimming. I come from a family of seven kids, in which six of us are brothers, and the second youngest is our only sister. I had the benefit of being the middle child, learning from the successes and mistakes of my older three brothers, while still having the responsibility to set an example and help teach my three younger siblings. From the time I was little, my family has been very important to me. I grew up as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, following the faith of my parents. My father is a convert to this church, and was baptized when he was about eighteen years old, a decision for which I have been ever grateful. My mother has also been a member of this church her whole life. I have since come to know that it is true for myself, and love having the gospel of Jesus Christ in my life. I lived in Guatemala for two years as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving among the local people in cities, towns and villages. There my faith and dedication to the Savior increased, and I came to better understand my purpose as a child of God.

Why I am a Mormon

At a youth conference when I was about 15 years old, I came to know the truth for myself. While there, one of the men that spoke really impacted me. His talk made me reflect a lot on the Savior, His sacrifice, God's plan, and my place here in this life. He also invited us to pray about the Book of Mormon again. As I walked home that night I reflected on what had been said. I determined to try again. I knew that God hears our prayers. But I had never really received an answer to a question before. When I got to my room, I grabbed my Book of Mormon, and read a little from the last chapter, focusing on the promise. I knelt down by the side of my bed and prayed, perhaps one of my most sincere prayers. I asked to know if the Book of Mormon was true and then waited, not knowing what to expect. I remember feeling like a small child with my arms outstretched, standing in the dark, waiting for something. Anything. In that moment, I felt the overpowering comfort of the Spirit as never before. It was as though I was picked up and hugged. I felt joy, peace and happiness, a feeling of comfort of finally coming home, familiarity and security. And it came over me so quickly and intensely that I just laid my head down upon my bed and wept in pure gratitude. From there came my knowledge that the gospel has been restored by true and living prophets. I have never regretted living the gospel of Jesus Christ. He lives. I know it is true. And you can know as well, if you pray with a sincere heart.

How I live my faith

Faith to me is motivation. It empowers me to go beyond and do more than I normally would. Today, faith in Jesus Christ is what makes me who I am. He is not just a decoration that makes life more enjoyable. He is the center of my life. Everything I do, and all the choices I make, are based upon the gospel he has left for us. Although from time to time I do get caught up in my day to day life and lose sight of what is truly important, through small actions I can keep myself from straying too far. This I do through studying the scriptures, daily prayers, and continuing to partake of the sacrament each week at church to renew promises I have made with the Lord. One of the great blessings of the gospel of Jesus Christ is that through His sacrifice, the atonement, I have hope that I can overcome my weaknesses and shortcomings. This is more than me just learning from my mistakes and doing better next time. Christ has the power to remove the stains made from incorrect choices. And because of that power I can one day stand before God, cleansed from impurities, and not be ashamed to be in His presence, as long as I continue on with my part of the promise. That promise is to take upon me the name of Christ and live according to the commandments of God. I don't do grand or extraordinary things. I just try to do what is right. I try to integrate Christ into my daily life. I hold myself to different standards from the world, because I have made a promise to my Heavenly Father to do so.